In 2015, a delegation of city leaders from Columbus, Ohio, went to Italy's Genoa, where they heard a performance of the famed Paganini violin. The contingent spent the next four years working to arrange a visit for the violin to…
By Jackie Shafer, WOSU
Violinist Rachel Barton Pine is known around the world for her classical skill. But she's also a self-confessed head banger.
By Anne Azzi Davenport
Gaelynn Lea's song "Someday We'll Linger in the Sun," an unforgettable fiddle melody marked by poetic lyrics, was chosen out of 6,100 submissions to win NPR's Tiny Desk Contest.
By Corinne Segal
Before we ring in 2015, we want to reflect on some of the great Art Beat stories from this past year. So who did we listen to in 2014?…
By Victoria Fleischer
By Victoria Fleischer, Anne Azzi Davenport
Back in 2007, pedestrians hurried by without realizing that the busker playing at the entrance to a Washington, D.C., Metro stop was none other than the Grammy-winning Joshua Bell. Today, Bell set up at the entrance of Union Station, but…
By PBS NewsHour
By PBS NewsHour
An 18th century viola by Antonio Stradivarius, the famed Italian lute-maker, is up for auction at Sotheby's starting at $45 million. The old stringed instruments, known as "Strads" are praised for their masterful craftsmanship. But a French researcher who blindfolded…
By Connie Kargbo
Brooklyn violinmaker Samuel Zygmuntowicz has been crafting stringed instruments for about 30 years, and is increasingly using modern tools like computerized tomography and 3D laser vibration scans to perfect his instruments.
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