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      Carl's Morning Quiz: Who am I? I am 40 years old today. I began studying violin at the age of 5 and practiced 7 hours a day. At the age of 16 I began winning major international competitions and recording prizes. Since 2005, I have been a Professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Due to an injury I didn't play much for 4 years until returning to the concert stage in 2012. Last year I gave a recital at Ravinia which was re-broadcast last week on WFMT. Who am I? Answer >>

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      Prom 44: Melbourne SO/Davis/Mørk review vibrant musical colour

      Royal Albert Hall, London
      Andrew Davis brought his trademark silkiness to Strauss's Don Juan, while Truls Mørk urged the orchestra to keep up during a muscular performance of Elgar's Cello Concerto

      In a Proms lineup proudly stuffed with far-flung orchestras, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra gets the prize for the furthest. But, though Australia's oldest orchestra was making its festival debut, its recently appointed chief conductor, Sir Andrew Davis, is one of the Proms' most familiar faces. The programme played to both his strengths and his orchestra's.

      Strauss's Don Juan brought some springy playing as the introduction and main theme scampered by, but the violin tone broadened to a trademark Davis silkiness whenever there was a chance, linking the swashbuckling to the slower seduction music. The brass could be over-enthusiastic early on, but the horns' ringing entry before the conclusion was spot on.

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      New York's Metropolitan Opera close to averting lockout after stagehands deal

      New York Met says it expects to avert a lockout from the upcoming season after agreement with remaining unions

      New York Citys Metropolitan Opera reached a deal early on 20 August with its stagehands and said it expects to avert a lockout by reaching agreements with the remaining unions shortly.

      The opera company said rehearsals will continue and the season will open as scheduled on 22 September, with a new production of Mozarts Le Nozze di Figaro.

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      Stage fright can lead to addiction, even in the world of classical music | Tom Eisner

      As a professional violinist, I used to see colleagues turn to alcohol to calm the nerves, but physical fitness is now the drug of choice

      I remember my first week with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, on stage at the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau singing, Sir Georg Solti conducting. Although I had a number of years behind me playing in provincial orchestras, nothing prepared me for the perceived big-time pressure of the occasion.

      Before the concert started I recall thinking, How on earth am I going to get through to the end? Everyone else was relaxed, taking it in their stride, knowing what they were doing, but I was worried I was going to mess up, that I would play too early, play too late, not play together with my colleagues.

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