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For Immediate Release July 15, 2014
New Method Book on Double-Stops from Roland Vamos

New York, NY — Carl Fischer Music announces the release of Exercises for the Violin in Various Combinations of Double-Stops (BF67 - Book & DVD - $24.99) and Exercises for the Viola in Various Combinations of Double-Stops (BF99 - Book & DVD - $24.99), two new method books on double-stops for violin and viola written by world renown pedagogue, Roland Vamos, with a forward by Rachel Barton Pine. These etudes feature a systematic series of fixed double-stops that enables the player to practice and master every possible combination of finger patterns across two strings without shifting.

Mr. Vamos says of the book, "The most important accomplishment is the development of a strong left hand...These exercises, when practiced slowly and carefully, will help to develop a keen sense of pitch and intonation." Each book includes a DVD with performance examples.

Exercises for the Violin in Various Combinations of Double-Stops and Exercises for the Viola in Various Combinations of Double-Stops are available now through Carl Fischer Music, or your favorite music retailer.

Roland Vamos is a former member of the Houston and Dallas Symphony Orchestras, Radio City Music Hall Orchestra, and Contemporary String Quartet with recordings on the Rizzoli and Atlantic labels. The cofounder of the Weathersfield Summer Music Festival, he is the winner of the Distinguished Teacher in the Arts Award, granted by the American String Teachers Association, and also serves as an adjudicator at national and international competitions. He has served on the faculties of Western Illinois University and University of Minnesota, and currently teaches at the Music Institute of Chicago. His students have won top prizes in numerous international competitions. Vamos studied with Oscar Shumsky and William Lincer.

In both life and art, violinist Rachel Barton Pine has an extraordinary gift for connecting with her audiences. Her exquisite performances brim with passion, and her honesty in communicating the core emotion of great works continues to move listeners worldwide. Pine’s penchant for research allows her to bring historically-informed interpretations to her diverse repertoire. With 16 CD’s recorded, her current release on Cedille Records, Trio Settecento: A German Bouquet, explores German Baroque sonatas. Season highlights include Japan and New York City recital debuts, as well as performances with the Israel Chamber Orchestra, the Turku Philharmonic (her Finland debut), and the Vancouver, Sacramento and Syracuse Symphonies.

Pine is the first woman and living composer to be published in Carl Fischer’s “Masters Collection” series, and she is Music Advisor and Editor of Maud Powell Favorites, the first and only published compilation of music closely associated with Powell. Grateful to those who helped her become a concert violinist, Pine continues to mentor and inspire the next generation of artists and concert-goers through her philanthropic, educational and outreach activities.

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