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

Blogs Tuesday, 25 January 2011

One hundred and forty characters and counting

David Miliband’s recent interview with The Strad was picked up by Fleet Street and was perhaps more revealing than we had originally thought, says Matthew Andrews

This month’s Double Acts interview with former Foreign Secretary David Miliband and his violinist wife Louise Shackelton caused a ripple of interest in the national press here in the UK &ndash...

Blogs Thursday, 20 January 2011

Eye contact in orchestras

Controversial conducting style raises questions, argues Ariane Todes

News of conductor Alan Gilbert’s appointment as head of conducting and orchestral studies at the Juilliard School has provoked a variety of responses, including a rather unhappy one from an anonymous...

Blogs Thursday, 13 January 2011

Forlorn hopes for end to airline woes

Parliamentary debate was no help to string players, says Ariane Todes

The problems of carrying musical instruments on to planes strike anger and frustration into the hearts of most string players and thanks to the persuasion of the Incoporated Society of Musicians they...

Blogs Thursday, 30 September 2010

The Strad team lands in Cremona

Ariane Todes reports on the calm before the storm on the eve of Mondomusica

The Strad team has landed in Cremona for Mondomusica, and with a mission to see the special Bergonzi exhibition here.

Cremona is as lovely as ever, and very little seems to have changed, apart...

Blogs Friday, 24 September 2010

Planes, trains and automobiles

Ariane Todes comes by some top violin teaching transport analogies

Lunch in Indianapolis yesterday was with the great pedagogue Boris Kuschnir – teacher of Nikolaj Znaider and Julian Rachlin. Fellow diners may have been puzzled as the whole table tried out the...

Blogs Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Historic moments and sage advice

Ariane Todes reports on a star-studded visit to the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music

Yesterday, on a rest day at the Indianapolis Violin Competition, I popped over to Bloomington to see the Indiana Jacobs School of Music. It felt a bit like visiting a Hollywood set, complete with A-...

Blogs Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Violin finalists announced in Indianapolis

Ariane Todes arrives in time to find out who's through, and to receive some inspiration

I arrived today in Indianapolis just in time for the last semi-final round of the violin competition. It's a quiet city, dominated in the centre by the impressive Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument, but...

Blogs Wednesday, 15 September 2010

String quartets for breakfast

Ariane Todes reports from an early morning masterclass with Gábor Takács-Nagy

There can be few better ways to start the day than listening to chamber music. Yesterday I was treated to a breakfast session of Gábor Takács-Nagy coaching the Barbirolli Quartet in the...

Blogs Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Classical musicians have more fun

David Kettle finds the usual musical stereotypes toppling at Kings Place

I was lucky enough to hear three groups we’ve recently featured in the magazine this weekend, at an innovative festival in Kings Place, London.

There were beaming smiles and hugs all round...

Blogs Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Random Routes

Vicky Hancock discovers Michael Vann's roundabout way into bow making

I've just spoken to Canadian bow maker Michael Vann about his workshop for the November issue's My Space article. When we started chatting about how his career started I soon discovered that his route...

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