Violinist Stephen Shipps Placed on Administrative Leave, to Retire Michigan May 2019 border=0 align=

Violinist Stephen Shipps Placed on Administrative Leave, to Retire Michigan May 2019

December 19, 2018, 12:11 AM · Violinist Stephen Shipps will officially retire from the University of Michigan's School of Music, Theatre & Dance in May 2019, remaining on administrative leave for the winter semester and no longer having any contact with his class, according to an email said to be from Shipps, which was published in an article posted Tuesday in The Michigan Daily, the University of Michigan's student newspaper.

The email was sent last Wednesday, two days after an article in The Michigan Daily described allegations of sexual harassment and sexual misconduct against Shipps that spanned a 40-year time period. Keep reading...


Violinist.com Interviews, Volume 2

Violinist.com Interviews, Volume 2: Violinist.com editor Laurie Niles' second book features exclusive, one-on-one interviews conducted over the last six years with 26 of today's best-known violinists, including Midori, Gil Shaham, Hilary Hahn, James Ehnes, Rachel Barton Pine, Augustin Hadelich, Ray Chen, Daniel Heifetz, Jennifer Koh and Lindsey Stirling. Amazon.com (Ad)

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The Week in Reviews, Op. 251: Nicola Benedetti; Leonidas Kavakos; Anne Akiko Meyers

December 18, 2018, 2:42 PM · In an effort to promote the coverage of live violin performance, Violinist.com each week presents links to reviews of notable concerts and recitals around the world.

Nicola Benedetti performed Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2 with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

  • Chicago Tribune: "From the solo passage that opens the work, Benedetti established that this was going to be an intensely lyrical, delicately nuanced reading. Her tonal inflections and gentle hints of rubato brought the work down to human scale, while the sweetness of her timbre and soaring character of her high-register lines suggested a sensuousness not generally associated with Prokofiev."
  • Chicago Classical Review: "Performing on the extraordinary 1717 “Gariel” Stradivarius, the soloist produced a beguiling, shimmery violin tone, as slender and elegant as her stage presence. If the score’s spiky brilliance was somewhat muted, there was compensation in the gentle, almost Impressionistic quality she conveyed in sections of the opening movement and the refined, silvery filigree of her reverie-like solos in the Andante."
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Memorization Strategies for Any Musician

December 18, 2018, 2:44 AM · I’ve been at my parents’ house for a week, dog sitting my fur-sister, Maxine, so I’ve had a lot of time for practice! However, I’m a little on edge because I have a lot of music to memorize, which includes a full concerto and Bach’s C Major Fugue. This has given me a great opportunity to confront one of my greatest musical fears, and try to develop strategies that work for me in terms of memorizing all of this music. I would like to preface my writing by saying that I am simply sharing what I have found works for me, and if you have other memorization strategies that you prefer, by all means stick to those. I hope that by sharing what I have learned so far, it will help and/or inspire others to also memorize their pieces without anxiety. Keep reading...

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