String instruments, famous string instrumentalists

Famous string instrumentalists, string/keyboard instruments, an index of websites; violin, double bass, viola, cello, harpsichord, guitar

See also: Piano and Violinists

Wikipedia encyclopedia of musical instruments.


Double bass and Violone Internet Archive

Double bass Wikipedia entry.

International Society of Bassists

Lemur Music
Complete source of Bass instruments and Bass supplies for the double bassist.

Upton Bass, 
specialists in double bass accessories and equipment, bass restoration, and bass repairs.


The Cello Academy

Great cellists of the past.

Internet Cellists Society
The Cellist’s Gateway to the Net

Oxford Cello School, UK.

Professional cellists, a web directory.

Wikipedia entry on the cello and cellists.

Famous cellists *

Casals, Pablo, Pablo Casals

Du Pré, Jacqueline. Jacqueline Du Pre

Jacqueline du Pré, Wikipedia entry.

Fournier, Pierre. Pierre Fournier

Isserlis, Steven, Steven Isserlis

Lloyd-Webber, Julian. Julian Lloyd-Webber Homepage

Maisky, Micha. Micha Maisky

Moser, Johannes. Johannes Moser

Rose, Leonard. Leonard Rose

Rostropovich, Mistislav. Mistislav Rostropovich, Wikipedia entry.

Tortelier, Paul. Paul Tortelier, Cellist

Paul Tortelier. Wikipedia

Yo-Yo Ma. Official site.


Cimbalon, Wikipedia entry. 


Wikipedia entry.

The introduction to “The Clavichord” by Bernard Brauchli. (PDF)

British Clavichord Society

Boston Clavichord Society

Clavichord by John Christopher Jesse, Halberstadt, Germany, 1765. Metropolitan Museum of Art

Clavichord, Germany, 18th century. Metropolitan Museum of Art


Duclimer Players News


Bach Plucked
Bach for the guitar.

Bass guitar. How to Play Bass
Bass lessons, with an online metronome.

CrossRoads offers a new way to learn to play guitar with guitar tabs, steaming videos, sound clips, tablature, live on-line lessons and much more.

Ferris Guitar
A website made to inspire guitarists, offering educational resources, a blog on great composers and recordings.

The Classical Guitar Homepage

Classical Guitar Midi Archives

Guitar Chalk
A guitarist’s resource site dedicated to high-quality, long-form resources for guitar players and teachers, focusing on gear and lesson-related material.

Guitar Foundation of America
Learn guitar online. Guitar Tricks is an ever-expanding library of guitar lessons that you can access anytime to improve your guitar ability. 45 guitar instructors from all over the world have joined together to create one source for online guitar lessons.

Hago Hampshire Guitar Orchestra U.K.
A community orchestra, featuring 4 different sizes of classical guitar, from alto to contrabass; winners of the Guitar Orchestra competition of Great Britain.

History of the Classical Guitar

International Guitar Research Archive, California State University.

Mad Guitar
“Mad Guitar Licks” is a completely free resource which offers dozens of guitar licks and lessons via video (with tablature), guitar lesson reviews, and famous “Rock God” biographies detailing how some of the greatest guitarists of all time learned to play.

Smarogre Goriadou
The official website of Smaro Gregoriadou, Greek classical guitar soloist and composer. Smaro attempts a redefinition of the classical guitar’s sound and technique through the “Reinventing guitar” project that she introduced in 2009, based on Kertsopoulos Aesthetics platform of inventions. Her ongoing investigation and practical application concerns factors like instrumental design & construction, string materials & configurations, and tuning schemes – and how they affect performance techniques, interpretive possibilities and sonic qualities.

Tablature, Classical Guitar Tablature and MIDI for Beginning & Intermediate Guitarists.

Wikipedia entry on the guitar.

Guitarists *

Figueiredo, Diego. Diego Figueiredo

Segovia, Andrés. Andres Segovia

Williams, John. John Williams


The American Harp Society and Journal

Harp Mall
A harpist’s web portal.

Harp Spectrum
General information about the harp.

Harp Spectrum
General information about the harp.

The Gaelic harp of Ireland and the Scottish Highlands.

Asni: harp lore
Descriptions of several types of historical European harps, with sound samples.

International Harp Contest in Israel

International Harp Contest and Festival, The Netherlands.

Schools or universities with harp programs.

Wikipedia entry on the harp.

Famous harpists *

Christ, Sarah. Sarah Christ

Giulianelli, Consuelo. Consuelo Giulianelli

Langlamet, Marie-Pierre. Marie-Pierre Langlamet

Yoshino, Naoko. Naoko Yoshino

Wikipedia list of harpists.


The British Harpsichord Society
Extensive information related to the harpsichord.

Harpsichord and Clavichord Web Ring

Harpsichordists *

Great Harpsichordists in History

Harpsichordists recorded on Naxos Records.

Wikipedia entries on harpsichordists.

Medieval Music and Arts Foundation

Medieval and Renaissance music web resources.

Sounds of Harpsichords and related instruments. 
Descriptions, images and harpsichord web links.

Wikipedia entry on the harpsichord.

Well-known harpsichordists *

d’Ambricourt, Aline

Hewitt, Angela

Hogwood, Christopher

Kirkpatrick Ralph

Kipnis, Igor

Leonhardt, Gustav

Pinnock, Trevor

Trevor Pinnock

Sebestyen, Janos. Hungarian harpsichordist.


Lute Society. U.K..

The Lute Page. Lutes old and new.




See: Piano


American Viola Society

New York Viola Society

Viola jokes.

The Viola da Gamba Society of America

The Viola Website
Home for violists on the web.

Everything you wanted to know about the viola but were afraid to ask.

Violists (Viola players), a list of notable violists. 

Well-known viola players *

Yuri Bashmet

Wolfram Christ

Maxim Rysanov

Maxim Vengerov. Wikipedia entry.

Maxim Vengerov fansite.

Ion Voicu International Foundation
Official web site for Roumanian violist Ion Voicu.

Lionel Tertis. Wikipedia entry.

Victoria Chiang
Discography, mp3 samples, reviews, articles, by violist, concert/recording artist, and educator.


Viola da gamba – Gesellschaft

Viola da Gamba Society of America

Savall, Jordi. A Jordi Savall Discography

Jordi Savall. Wikipedia

Jordi Savall’s official website.

Classic @ la carte


Violinists; a list of famous violinists.

Violin Competitions *

World Federation of International Music Competitions
Search by place and discipline.

Violin competitions. Violin Masterclass

Fritz Kreisler Competition

Hannover International Violin Competition

Henryk Wieniawski International Violin Competition

International Violin Competition of Indianapolis

Jean Sibelius International Violin Competition

Pablo Sarasate International Violin Competition

Legendary Violinists


Museo del Violino, Cremona, Italy


Paganini, Niccolò

Pinchas Zukerman Violin Lessons Video Archive
Maestro Pinchas Zukerman offers you the opportunity to learn by observing, searching, and studying this growing archive of violin and viola lessons. Each video is an individual lesson or masterclass with Maestro Zukerman and Patinka Kopec. The accompanist is Tatiana Goncharova.

How to Choose a Violin: 10 Factors to Consider According to Science

Sheila’s Corner

Strad Magazine

Violin acoustics. University of New South Wales

The Violin Site. Resources for violinists.

Jen Reviews
Practice techniques, free violin sheet music, violin recordings, violin library. Choosing the right violin can seem like a daunting journey, but there are many factors that can be taken into account to help you decide which is the best choice for you.

Violinist Blog

A directory of musicians, discussion board, web pages.

Violin Student
A web site for violin students. The purpose of the site is to promote the violin by providing interesting information on a daily basis.  The target audience is children between the ages of 7 and 17, but there is material that is of interest to most musicians.

Wikipedia entry on the violin.