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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...

Blogs Tuesday, 07 September 2010

A busy week at The Strad

David Kettle sees off another fine issue

A busy week last week, as we were finalising the October issue, as well as the Accessories supplement, and sending them both to the printers. They’re being processed and printed as I write, and...

Blogs Monday, 06 September 2010

And the winner is...

Matthew Rye reveals the winning quartets at Banff

For only the second time in its 27-year history, the Banff International String Quartet Competition has been won by a Canadian quartet. The Cecilia Quartet beat eight other rivals from Europe and North...

Blogs Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Postcard from Banff

Matthew Rye settles in among the elk in the run-up to the string quartet competition

‘What, no food now?’ An audience member overheard at the end of the first evening of the 10th Banff International String Quartet Competition (BISQC) jokes to a friend that being here is ...

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