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Cremonese makers launch video showcase


In response to the Covid-19 pandemic and its effect on Italian lutherie, a group of violin makers in Cremona have put together a video showcasing their working methods. The aim is to demonstrate the vibrancy and industriousness of today’s luthiers, as Antonio Stradivari wanders the streets of modern-day Cremona, viewing ...

Esther Abrami

Violinist practises with rescue kitten in pouch


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The Strad October 2020 issue


The Strad’s October issue features Japanese-American violinist Midori, who speaks about performing contemporary music, recording Beethoven and dedicating herself to social causes. We also talk to Italian luthiers about adjusting to working in the time of Covid-19 and examine the rise of the viola in Georgian Britain. Plus, the Life Lessons of violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja.


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