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Ariane Todes selects her favourite stories and interviews from The Strad website and beyond

Focus Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Ask the experts: finding a better instrument on a budget

Strad readers submit their problems and queries about string playing, teaching or making to a panel of experts

In the first of the series, a young Spanish cellist is desperate to find a better instrument.

Do you have a burning question about string playing, teaching or making...

Focus Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Berlin Philharmonic pays tribute to former concertmaster Szymon Goldberg

The orchestra is to host a free exhibition on the Polish violinist in February and March

The foyer of the Berlin Philharmonic's Philharmonie is to play host to a free exhibition on former concertmaster Szymon Goldberg from 2 February to 16 March 2014, including documents, photographs...

Focus Thursday, 16 January 2014

Ten things you need to know about vibrato

The following quotes, taken from the pages of The Strad over the past 100 years, offer a fascinating glimpse of the changing attitudes and approaches towards this most subjective and controversial area of a string player's technique

1 Vibrato has always been used

‘Vibrato is such a natural thing to do, it is hard to imagine it not being used at any time or in any culture...

Focus Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Jascha Heifetz – unique and influential violin virtuoso

Julian Haylock considers the dazzling technique, supreme concentration and absolute clarity of interpretation that made Jascha Heifetz a unique performer

Heifetz redefined the art of violin playing. Blessed with a sensational technique and a sound of molten intensity, he left even the most gifted of his colleagues cowering in his wake. He remains the...

Focus Monday, 13 January 2014

Celebrating the great violinist Nathan Milstein

In honour of Nathan Milstein’s 110th birthday today, The Strad revisits a ‘Great Violinists’ article by Julian Haylock, published in the September 2009 issue

Celebrated for his technical ease, aristocratic poise, mellifluous bowing and tonal perfection, Nathan Milstein sustained a professional career at the highest level into his early 80s.

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Focus Thursday, 09 January 2014

Protecting your stringed instrument in sub-zero temperatures

As the 'polar vortex' maintains its icy grip on the US, The Strad revisits Douglas Lay's article on keeping your stringed instrument healthy during the winter months

They say that the weather can influence one’s mood. This is at least true of string players when winter is unkind to their instruments. Pegs can spring loose, unpleasant buzzes can suddenly develop...

Focus Monday, 06 January 2014

Cellist Gary Hoffman on Brahms, bowings, fingerings, and finding the perfect tempo

The cellist, who gives our January Masterclass, shares his deeply philosophical approach to the instrument

In our January issue, Gary Hoffman discusses his interpretation of Brahms's Second Cello Sonata in F major, which he performs at Wigmore Hall on 10 January, 2014. During a three-hour interview with...

Focus Monday, 06 January 2014

Was Sherlock Holmes an accomplished violinist?

As the BBC airs the third season of its hugely popular Sherlock starring Benedict Cumberbatch in the UK, The Strad revisits Maggie Williams’s article on the genius detective’s far more questionable violin skills

Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle’s most famous literary character, first appeared in 1887 and went on to feature in four full-length novels and 56 short stories. His day job was as a &lsquo...

Focus Tuesday, 24 December 2013

How I warm up: violist Maxim Rysanov

In the January issue, the Russian-born viola player discusses practising Bach's Cello Suites arranged for viola. Here, he gives an insight into his detailed warm-up regimen

My full warm-up routine usually takes about 30–40 minutes. Normally I warm up with a four-octave scale, four octaves of arpeggios, and two octaves of double-stops. The scale I choose is always...

Focus Monday, 23 December 2013

Our 13 most-read focus pieces and blogs from 2013

A look back at The Strad’s most-read focus articles and blog posts this year reveals a wide range of interests, from hardy perennial questions on subjects like injury avoidance, how often to change...

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