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In their own words – top players and teachers talk exclusively to The Strad

Ursula Smith

What would the British cellist and teacher tell her younger self?

Mirijam Contzen

The German–Japanese violinist shares some of the best advice she's ever had

Claire Thirion

The cellist of the Chiaroscuro Quartet tells us about a week in her life

Zuill Bailey

The US cellist recalls some unusual advice from tutor Joel Krosnick

Hai Zheng

The cellist explains why Paul Olefsky is her musical hero

Kazuhide Isomura

The Tokyo Quartet's long-serving violist reflects on a critical decision he made as a student

Emma Alter

The period bow maker and viola player gives an insight into her daily life

Vladimir Balshin

Beethoven, Brahms and Brubeck are among the cellist's favourite recordings

Stephanie Chase

The violinist explains what advice she'd give to her younger self

Shlomo Mintz

Celebrating 50 years of performing on stage in 2012, the violinist considers what he would want to tell his younger self

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