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In the Green Room Sheku and Isata Kanneh-Mason

In the Green Room: Interview with Sheku and Isata Kanneh-Mason


Concluding the Southbank Centre’s interview series ‘In the Green Room’, cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason and his pianist sister Isata Kanneh-Mason talk about their rise to fame, the repertoire they love and the experience of playing at the Royal Wedding.

Advance Myanmar

Violinist Ruth Rogers on recording Letters from Burma


Ruth Rogers, leader of London Mozart Players, talks about the orchestra’s new music video Letters from Burma, streaming this Refugee Week to raise money for Myanmar refugees

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Bomsori Kim

Bomsori: Professional life is a lot harder than endless competitions


The South Korean violinist talks to Andrew Mellor about competitions and her experience so far of life as a professional solo violinist

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You are just there once, and maybe you will never be invited back, so you have to give it your best all the time – to everybody’
Bomsori discusses graduating from the competition circuit to become an international soloist.

12 Ensemble How a London-based string group has forged an unconventional route to recognition.

There are some pieces that stay with you for life, and others you never want to play again’
Jennifer Koh
gives a Masterclass on Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir d’un lieu cher.

We explore Cuban-born violinist Joseph White`s 1875 tour to the US, where he became the first black soloist to perform with the New York Philharmonic.

Gennady Filimonov investigates the , Knopf family of bow makers – a dynasty spanning 150 years.

Luigi Sisto examines how Vincenzo Postiglione, the most important Neopolitan luthier of the late 19th century, brought a personal touch to his copying.



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Bomsori: Singing from the heart


For Korean violinist Bomsori, the past year has been one of her busiest yet, with numerous live and streamed performances and her first solo recording for Deutsche Grammophon. As she takes her next steps on the road to international renown, she shares her guiding principles with Andrew Mellor

Knopf Family Tree

Knopf dynasty: A tangled web


Three bow makers of the Knopf family are well known: Christian Wilhelm, Heinrich and Henry. But the dynasty comprises more than a dozen members, many of whom deserve recognition. Gennady Filimonov draws on archive material supplied by the Knopf descendants

Sascha Lilli and Mischa

Free in Spirit


January 2018 marked the 70th birthday of cellist Mischa Maisky, who celebrated by whizzing round the world in solo and chamber performances with his Maisky Trio, featuring daughter Lily and son Sascha.Peter Quantrill caught up with him in London, Istanbul and Verbier

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Playing with the Straight and Narrow


Vilde Frang has made a name for herself with her playfully ethereal musical style and unconventional approach to programming. Charlotte Gardnertalks to the Norwegian violinist about her latest recording and her unusual route to success


Analysis June 2021: Limited access


Most conservatoires depend on their annual intake of international students. What happens when a crisis such as Covid-19 affects the young musicians’ ability to travel at all? By Peter Somerford


Competitions, Awards and Appointments: June 2021


This month’s competition results, appointments and forthcoming contests

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Opinion: An integrated whole


By divorcing technique from the music, we prevent the bow from becoming an extension of our right arm and hand, writes John Crawford


Opinion: On the margins


Conservatoires should do more to make 17th-century music a fundamental part of the curriculum, writes Walter Reiter


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