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One of that select band of British pianists to achieve international recognition, Bernard Roberts was in constant demand as a recitalist, chamber musician, accompanist, concerto soloist and teacher. He was acclaimed by audiences and critics, the remarkable breadth of his industry bringing greater recognition for the instrument itself and proving pivotal in inspiring generations of aspiring performers.

Editorial: When East came West and the twain met

The late Ravi Shankar became known in the West through his association with The Beatles. But there was far more to the man George Harrison called the "godfather" of world music. He was a champion of crossover in its fullest sense. His sitar spoke to all our souls.

A 'national treasure': Sitar virtuoso Ravi Shankar dies aged 92

Ravi Shankar, the composer and sitar player who befriended the Beatles and acted as bridge between Indian music and the West, has died in southern California. He was 92 and had recently undergone heart surgery.

Leonidas Kavakos, London Symphony Orchestra, Osmo Vanska, Barbican, London

Perennially racked with terrors which he drowned in alcohol, Sibelius’s first ambition was to be a violinist, but nerves got the better of him.

Burglars take violin worth £140,000

A rare 18th-century violin worth £140,000 has been stolen from its owner's flat. The instrument, a Nicola Gagliano dating back to 1747, is possibly one of only three in the world.

Trampled By Turtles, Hoxton Bar & Grill, London

Five blokes, mainly of full build, most with facial hair, including two fiercely hammering away at banjo and mandolin. With such an unfortunate name, this Minnesota-based bluegrass outfit need to be hot not only to distract us from the fact they are called (grit teeth) Trampled By Turtles, but also to obliterates any parallels with Mumford & Sons.

Schubert Ensemble, Capucon, ***/ Montero, ****

Private patronage was always the trigger for the composition of classical music, and it’s good to know the system is still alive and well: George Law decided to celebrate his 80th birthday by commissioning a piano quintet from Jonathan Dove.

Album: Andrew Bird, Hands of Glory (Mom + Pop)

Recorded in old-timey style, with voices and instruments gathered around a single microphone, Hands of Glory is a smaller, more intimate work than Andrew Bird's recent albums, with originals and covers delivered in mild bluegrass harmonies over understated rockabilly grooves.

“Mr Stradivarius”, Dietmar Machold, swindled clients out of €100m

Dietmar Machold: The renowned violin dealer who duped clients with fake Stradivarius

Dietmar Machold jailed for six years for swindling creditors out of an estimated €100m

Album: Kristina Train, Dark Black (Mercury)

Once positioned as Blue Note's heiress to Norah Jones's crown, Kristina Train occupies a much more flexible position on this second album, most of which has been co-written and produced by Martin Craft with little of the overt jazz duties that marked her debut.

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Jessica Duchen: How I put the tale of music in a Nazi camp on the stage

The Independent's writer on her play about the Messiaen Quartet

Melnikov, Faust and Queyras play Haydn and Dvorak, *****; Christanne Stotijn sings Rachmaninov and Musorgsky, ****

Trapped in a long and loveless marriage with a woman who hated music, Haydn had to look elsewhere for affection, and during a stay in London he was smitten by a stylish 60-year-old widow to whom - since she was a fine pianist - he dedicated a set of piano trios.

Endymion,**/Ibragimova, ***

It’s good when chamber musicians break the mould and dare to do something different, and Philip Venables’s ‘Romanticism’ deserved a hearing, particularly as it was a Wigmore commission.

Robin Ironside, Grosvenor Museum, Chester

It’s a family kind of place, the Grosvenor Museum. This being Chester, there is a child-friendly section on the Romans.

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Sexism with strings attached

With women in the classical world ignored or treated as objects, Jessica Duchen says it's time for a new prize solely for them

Anthony Hopkins at the Classical Brit Awards last night

Hannibal... the musical? Sir Anthony wins a Classic Brit Award for his last waltz

Actor 'knocked out' after sharing best album prize

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