Violinist Loses Life in Cruise Line Accident

Costa Concordia Violinist Sandor Feher Had Passion for Teaching Kids

Violinist Sandor Feher is the first victim identified in the ocean liner accident.  He apparently lost his life trying to retrieve his violin.

According to Jozsef Balog, a pianist who worked with Feher, the violinist was wearing a lifejacket when he decided to return to his cabin to pack his violin.  Feher is said to have helped put lifejackets on several crying children before returning to his cabin.  Feher was reportedly last seen on deck en route to a lifeboat.

He had developed his own method of teaching children the violin, following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather.  To that end, he used social media to reach out to other countries, looking for the opportunity to teach.

Watch Sandor Feher’s video resume

Supreme Court Reinforces Copyright Protection of Prokofiev, Shostakovich

A long-running court case has been decided by the U.S. Supreme Court.  Congress passed a law that took certain works by foreign artists out of the public domain and put them back under copyright. University of Denver professor Lawrence Golan said Congress exceeded its authority when it passed that law and that it violated a basic principle of copyright — that works can’t be taken out of the public domain once they are there — and restricted his free speech.  The court disagreed.

Read Supreme Court: Copyright Can be Extended (Washington Post)

Cello Played by Bernard Greenhouse, Founding Member of Beaux Arts Trio, to be Auctioned

Bernard Greenhouse played the cello one last time at the age of 95 in January of last year.  Less than a year after his death, his family is preparing to do what he could never do himself…sell the Countess of Stainlein, ex-Paganini of 1707.

Read Selling a 300-Year-Old Cello (NY Times)