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January 31, 2023 by
Francois Xavier Tourte (1747-1835) is widely regarded for creating the greatest violin, viola, and cello bows of all time in his Paris workshop. Tourte is traditionally credited with establishing the standard weights, dimensions, and basic design that still endure today for the modern bow.
December 27, 2022 by
As the year comes to a close, let us pause to remember a number of musical artists whose passing in 2022 is profoundly felt.
November 8, 2022 by
Aaron Copland (1900 - 1990) was an unlikely folk hero. As a composer, he gave American symphonic music a lasting voice, but as a person remained so curiously reserved that even longtime admirers could wonder if they ever knew him.
October 19, 2022 by
It is rare to find one that has formed; it’s then infinitesimally rare to find one that prospers. What sounds mysteriously like the ongoing search for life on other planets is also the reality faced by musicians who come together hoping to forge a successful string quartet. Introducing the Soto String Quartet, an ensemble comprised of four Chicago-based Venezuelan string players who have embarked upon this venerated path: violinists Jesús Linárez and Gabriela Lara (both age 22), violist Pedro Pablo Mendez (age 26), and cellist Lidanys Graterol (age 20). All four are Affiliate Artists at the city’s Guarneri Hall and are coached and mentored by its Artistic Director, Stefan Hersh. The quartet, named after Venezuelan artist and sculptor Jesús Rafael Soto (1923-2005), began playing together in September 2021.
September 21, 2022 by
While nations rage, the piano duo of Yang Liu and Olivia I-Hsuan Tsai are a shining example of how people from conflicting worlds can come together to love and honor each other as individuals. This husband and wife team also strives to spread love and tolerance between different cultures through their Yang and Olivia Foundation.

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