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Laurie Niles

Violin Community News 2010, Op. 27

December 2, 2010 at 4:58 AM

The Recording Academy tonight announced the nominees for the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards. In the classical categories, violinist Julia Fischer was nominated for Best Instrumental Soloist Performance for her recording of the Paganini 24 Caprices.

Julia Fischer
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Here's our interview with Julia from October, in which she talks about her recording of the Caprices.

Also nominated for Best Chamber Music Performance were Isabelle Faust & Alexander Melnikov for "Beethoven: Complete Sonatas For Violin & Piano."

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American Suzuki pioneer John Kendall is recovering from a stroke he had on Nov. 23. We all wish him well!

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Management of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra has canceled two additional weeks of concerts in the wake of last week's failed negotiations to end the eight-week musicians' strike.

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Public voting on the top 15 finalists begins today at and ends on December 14 for Big Break, sponsored by From the Top and Carnegie Hall. The Big Break’s grand-prize winner, selected by the public, will appear on an upcoming national radio broadcast of From the Top on NPR with host Christopher O’Riley. The grand-prize winner plus several runners-up also will perform at a Carnegie Hall Family Concert on April 9 in Zankel Hall, produced in partnership with From the Top and hosted by Mr. O’Riley. Big Break winners will be announced on or after December 15.

The Big Break finalists are:

From Richard Watson
Posted on December 2, 2010 at 12:10 PM

 How does JF manage to play (and so well) in those shoes? It must be some combination of youth, balance, and flawless technique.

From Susan Young
Posted on December 2, 2010 at 12:28 PM

It's one of life's secrets that only some women know.  Alas, I am not one of them.

From Anna Meyer
Posted on December 2, 2010 at 10:16 PM

I could never play in shoes like that, I´d fall over instantly :) I think the girl playing guitar is absolutely amazing.

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