The Strad July 2016 issue is out now
‘Teachers should never sit on juries if their students have entered those competitions,’ says Aaron Rosand
‘Tone virile and fine. Personality less striking’ – Carl Flesch on David Oistrakh’s playing
Yehudi Menuhin’s marked-up copy of Bach’s Solo Violin Sonata no.2

Conquering performance nerves: how can I warm up my stiff, cold hands?

8 ways to maximise your sound with minimum effort
‘It’s the taking part that counts’: Are competitions always defined by results?
Today’s string players forget they are telling a story, says cellist Raphael Wallfisch
Violin jokes: who’s laughing now?
The harmonious string quartet – a balance of four personality types
Put your ears to the test: can you pick the Stradivarius violin?
Cellist David Finckel's 10 habits of successful musicians

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