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

Blogs Thursday, 14 May 2009

Editor's blog: Fritz Kreisler's telling me not to practise

I'm knee deep in The Strad archive at the moment, looking for articles to include in a forthcoming supplement about violin heroes, and I just came across a wonderful interview with Fritz Kreisler from...

Blogs Tuesday, 21 April 2009

The advantages of modern instruments

Ariane Todes chairs a panel discussion in which luthiers shed light on the process of commissioning

As part of the recent London International String Quartet Competition, I chaired a panel discussion with makers John Dilworth, Andreas Hudelmayer, Kai-Thomas Roth and Tibor Szemmelveiss. Here is a transcript...

Blogs Thursday, 09 April 2009

Publisher's blog: Robin Shute takes his comfortable shoes to Frankfurt

Musikmesse in Frankfurt prides itself on being the world’s greatest music trade fair. The annual extravaganza, this year held from April 1–4, demands both mental and physical stamina &ndash...

Blogs Thursday, 02 April 2009

Editor's blog: international relations in London

As the leaders of the free world meet each other and take tea with the Queen in London with the aim of improving international relations, world harmony of a different nature is taking place at the Royal...

Blogs Tuesday, 31 March 2009

Meet Sir Alan Stradivarius

Sir Alan Sugar might come out with strange musical similes but he has the potential to use his huge financial power wisely, says Catherine Payne

Antonio Stradivari got a rare namecheck on primetime UK television last week when business tycoon Sir Alan Sugar likened himself to an instrument by the Cremonese master. It was the opening episode ...

Blogs Wednesday, 25 March 2009

Editor's blog: the ASTA conference

I'm just back home from a flying visit to Atlanta for the annual convention of the American String Teachers Association.

I had a bumper time, fitting in as many of the sessions as I could as ...

Blogs Wednesday, 25 March 2009

Tell us about your favourite lutherie books

In our April issue we asked some luthiers to discuss their favourite making books. The results were diverse, although several books proved to be particularly popular: Edward Heron-Allen's 'Violin-Making...

Blogs Wednesday, 11 March 2009

He's not the Messiah, he's a very naughty boy

Everyone loves a good conspiracy theory and violin makers more than most - especially one involving Stradivari. The story of the ‘Messiah’ violin is one of the best.

The widely accepted...

Blogs Wednesday, 15 October 2008

Editor's blog: a Kavakos double whammy weekend

At the weekend I had a Leonidas Kavakos double whammy: two hours in his company on Saturday interviewing him for the January issue of The Strad and then hearing him on Sunday playing Prokofiev&rsquo...

Blogs Wednesday, 01 October 2008

Editor's blog: is Stevie Wonder the new David Oistrakh?

My ears are still ringing with the sound of Stevie Wonder’s voice at his London gig last night: that mighty, bronzed voice, with the depth and timbre of a fine French red wine, and a facility ...

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