Comment, opinions and reports from The Strad team and leading figures in the string world

Blogs Tuesday, 08 May 2012

The tortoise and the frog

Ariane Todes arrives in the US without her tortoiseshell bow but ready for an American adventure

I’ve arrived in New York at the start of my ten-week US sabbatical, with my violin but without my beloved tortoiseshell-mounted Hill bow. On advice I decided it was too risky to bring it through...

Blogs Friday, 06 April 2012

Maxim Vengerov at the Wigmore Hall

Ariane Todes reports on the violinist’s return to the concert platform

The returns queue at the Wigmore Hall was out the door tonight for the return of the decade so far. After four years off the concert circuit, Maxim Vengerov was back in the house. And it was good to...

Blogs Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Gregor Piatigorsky

Ariane Todes delves into The Strad Archive and discovers conflicting views of the great cellist

Since my trip to Los Angeles for the Piatigorsky Festival, and my total immersion in the work of his former students and devotees, I’ve developed a little obsession with the great cellist. This...

Blogs Friday, 16 March 2012

California cellists

Ariane Todes reports from the Piatigorsky Festival in Los Angeles

We’re on the closing strait at the Piatigorsky Festival, with artistic director Ralph Kirshbaum having performed the Dvořák Cello Concerto at the Walt Disney Hall last night. It’s...

Blogs Thursday, 01 March 2012

Gordan Nikolić talks bows

The violinist revealed a passion bordering on obsession for bows in conversation with Ariane Todes

While I was at the Masters of the Bow festival in Amsterdam (see the March 2012 edition for a full write-up) I led a public discussion with violinist Gordan Nikolić, artistic director of Netherlands...

Blogs Thursday, 05 January 2012

Double blind tests – the inside story

What really happened in an Indianapolis hotel room with six top violins? Ariane Todes reveals all

For the last few days worldwide media have been in a twist about research that seems to prove that violinists can’t tell the difference between a modern violin and a Stradivari. As ever, it&rsquo...

Blogs Wednesday, 07 December 2011

Objects of worship

Pinchas Zukerman reveals a special violin ritual to Ariane Todes

Yesterday I had the pleasure of interviewing Pinchas Zukerman about the late René Morel for a tribute to the luthier coming up in the February 2012 issue. But the conversation flowed seamlessly...

Blogs Thursday, 01 December 2011

Welcome to the future - new discoveries

A 1704 Stradivari has been replicated using CT scans – but as Christian Lloyd points out, the technology could already be old hat

There’s been plenty of media interest in how, using computed tomography (CT) imaging, a team of experts has succeeded in creating a reproduction of the 1704 ‘Betts’ Stradivari. Anyone...

Blogs Monday, 28 November 2011

What next for music education?

Is the UK Department for Education's newly launched strategy all talk and no action?

The first thing I did when faced with the 55-page, 149-point ‘National Plan for Music Education’ (details here ) was to search for the phrase ‘funding sources’. Sure enough...

Blogs Thursday, 03 November 2011

Lounge Ligeti

Ariane Todes probes some new rules for listening to classical music

Is there any better way to listen to Ligeti, Berio, Webern and Reich than in an East London bar lounge with a glass (or two) of wine? I've just spent an enjoyable evening at the Nonclassical club held...

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