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‘Extreme richness on all levels’: Quatuor Agate on Brahms’s demanding and rewarding string quartets

2024-02-21T13:07:00+00:00

Taking its name from Brahms’s second sextet, dedicated to his second love Agathe von Siebold, the group discusses the complexity of the composer’s string quartets, which feature on its debut album.

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Laurence Lesser: the making of a cellist

2024-02-21T09:43:04.317+00:00

Having recently celebrated his 85th birthday, cellist and pedagogue Laurence Lesser looks back on his formative influences and recalls some of the iconic 20th-century musicians he worked with

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Session Report: violinist Francesca Dego on recording Brahms and Busoni concertos

2024-02-21T09:42:52.313+00:00

The concertos of Brahms and Busoni make a natural pairing on record but, as the violinist Francesca Dego explains to Peter Quantrill, the connection between them goes beyond the notes

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Pierre Rode: The Rode less travelled

2024-02-21T09:42:00+00:00

He is best remembered for his didactic 24 Caprices, but there’s much more to Pierre Rode. For the French virtuoso’s 250th anniversary, Charlotte Gardner reveals a colourful life story and hears from the German violinist Friedemann Eichhorn, who has revived and recorded all of Rode’s 13 violin concertos

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‘Shall I ever be the same again?’ - From the Archive: March 1914

2024-02-21T09:41:42.92+00:00

After a long break from the violin, how can amateur violinists ease themselves back into playing? Regular correspondent ‘Lancastrian’ (Dr William Hardman) gives his thoughts

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‘I like to run my section in a cooperative way’ - Christopher Hanulik’s Life Lessons

2024-02-21T09:41:28.243+00:00

The US double bassist on his early influences and lessons learnt from his nearly four decade-long principal position at the LA Philharmonic

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Violinist Augustin Hadelich: ‘Just let the music speak’

2024-02-22T08:05:00+00:00

The virtuoso violinist Augustin Hadelich defies categorisation; he is the product of several cultures that he draws on to produce a sound that is distinctly his own. He talks to Ariane Todes about his influences and how he developed his unique musicianship

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Laurence Lesser: the making of a cellist

2024-02-21T09:43:04.317+00:00

Having recently celebrated his 85th birthday, cellist and pedagogue Laurence Lesser looks back on his formative influences and recalls some of the iconic 20th-century musicians he worked with

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Violinist Augustin Hadelich: ‘Just let the music speak’

2024-02-22T08:05:00+00:00

The virtuoso violinist Augustin Hadelich defies categorisation; he is the product of several cultures that he draws on to produce a sound that is distinctly his own. He talks to Ariane Todes about his influences and how he developed his unique musicianship

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Sentimental Work: Gidon Kremer on Raminta Šerkšnytė’s ‘This too shall pass’

2024-02-21T09:41:00.23+00:00

For the Latvian violinist, Raminta Šerkšnytė’s 2021 composition This too shall pass is a multifaceted and liberating work in these challenging times

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Opinion: The benefits and challenges of playing at the back of the section

2024-02-21T09:41:00+00:00

While the musicians at the front of an orchestral string section might be in the spotlight, every string player should experience the unique challenges of sitting towards the back, says violinist Alexandra Gorski

Competitions

WFISC 2024 Semi-finalists announced

Semi-finalists announced for 2024 Windsor Festival International String Competition

2024-01-31T10:55:00+00:00

Twelve international string players will have the chance to compete for a prize package worth over £30,000, including a cash prize, a recording deal and numerous performance opportunities

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Winners announced for the 2024 Netherlands Violin Competition

2024-01-30T11:45:00+00:00

The Oskar Back prize of €12,000 was awarded to 22-year-old Dutch violinist Salomé Bonnema

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Winners announced for the 2024 Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy University Competition

2024-01-24T11:24:00+00:00

The Viatores Quartet won the first prize of €6,000 and the Friends of Young Musicians Award

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Premiere of the Month: Errollyn Wallen on her new string quintet

2024-02-21T09:40:37.647+00:00

A new viola-focused quintet based on musical contrasts

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Competitions, Awards and Appointments: March 2024

2024-02-21T09:40:33.92+00:00

The latest competition results, appointments and forthcoming contests

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The Strad Podcast #110: Stravinsky’s kaleidoscope of colours with violinist Alena Baeva

2024-02-22T08:35:00+00:00

Alena Baeva delves into the intricacies of Stravinsky’s Divertimento from The Fairy’s Kiss, which features on her latest recording

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The Strad Podcast #109: the importance of a positive mindset with cellist Maja Bogdanović

2024-02-15T01:39:00+00:00

How do you avoid burnout and stress when you have a busy performing and family life? Maja shares her strategies

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The Strad Podcast #108: In search of authenticity: exploring Brahms’s Violin Sonata no.2 with Daniel Kurganov

2024-02-08T09:22:00+00:00

Alongside his February issue Masterclass on the sonata, the violinist shares his historical performance approach to recording the work, as well as his quest for authenticity

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The Strad Podcast #107: back to basics with cellist Gabriel Schwabe

2024-02-01T10:03:00+00:00

Defining one’s practice with intention is crucial to unlocking playing potential without dwelling on too much complexity, says the cellist

Competitons

WFISC 2024 Semi-finalists announced

Semi-finalists announced for 2024 Windsor Festival International String Competition

2024-01-31T10:55:00+00:00

Twelve international string players will have the chance to compete for a prize package worth over £30,000, including a cash prize, a recording deal and numerous performance opportunities

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Winners announced for the 2024 Netherlands Violin Competition

2024-01-30T11:45:00+00:00

The Oskar Back prize of €12,000 was awarded to 22-year-old Dutch violinist Salomé Bonnema

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Winners announced for the 2024 Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy University Competition

2024-01-24T11:24:00+00:00

The Viatores Quartet won the first prize of €6,000 and the Friends of Young Musicians Award

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Violin maker Otto Schünemann: A Romantic visionary

2024-02-21T09:42:59.293+00:00

Although Otto Schünemann’s violins were praised by everyone from Vuillaume to Sarasate, his name is barely recognised today. Clifford Hall tells the story of this idealistic luthier who strove to bring the glories of the Cremonese masters to 19th-century Germany

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Double bass set-up: not a giant violin

2024-02-21T09:42:43.193+00:00

The size and shape of the double bass mean its set-up differs greatly from the other bowed stringed instruments. Bass maker Arnold E. Schnitzer presents a comprehensive guide, designed for both luthiers and practically minded bassists

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In Focus: An 1899 viola by Luigi Rovatti

2024-02-21T09:42:33.567+00:00

Lionnel Genovart looks at the Buenos Aires-based Italian luthier’s late-century instrument

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Trade Secrets: Repairing a cello button

2024-02-21T09:42:25.43+00:00

A restoration method for creating a new button on the back plate

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My Space: Marius Laufer & Christian Klein’s Landshut workshop

2024-02-21T09:42:20.447+00:00

Take a tour of the makers’ workshop in southern Germany

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Making Matters: The ‘golden ratio’ in violin making

2024-02-21T09:42:12.207+00:00

Violin maker Wolfgang Schiele argues that the influence of the ‘golden ratio’ on painting, architecture and lutherie supports the idea of a perfect form for instruments

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Concert review: Musicians from Marlboro

2024-02-21T09:36:07.263+00:00By Bruce Hodges

Bruce Hodges hears the performance of Brahms, Vaughan Williams and Florence Price at the American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia, PA, US, on 6 December 2023

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Concert review: Formosa Quartet, Hsin-Yun Huang (viola) Peter Wiley (cello)

2024-02-21T09:36:00+00:00By Bruce Hodges

Bruce Hodges hears the performance of Dvořák, Grappelli, Dana Wilson, Kazka and Haydn at the American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia, PA, US, on 3 December 2023

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Concert review: Antje Weithaas (violin) Enrico Pace (piano)

2024-02-21T09:35:48.453+00:00By

Carlos Maria Solare heads to Berlin’s Pierre Boulez Saal for a performance of Beethoven, Clara Schumann and Kurtág on 12 December 2023

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The Strad Recommends: Frank Peter Zimmermann: Bartók, Martinů, Stravinsky

2024-02-23T09:00:00+00:00By

Potent characterisation sets this album apart from the competition

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The Strad Recommends: Gidon Kremer: Songs of Fate

2024-02-22T08:00:00+00:00By Joanne Talbot

A highly personal programme offers a typically searing experience

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Archos Quartet, Friedrich Thiele: D’Ambrosio

2024-02-21T09:35:08.61+00:00By

Telling performances show a Neapolitan virtuoso in a new light

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Book review: Violin in Action

2024-02-21T09:33:19.153+00:00By Celia Cobb

Celia Cobb reviews Kristina Mirkovic’s four-volume course on violin playing, including books on scales, positions, and intervals and arpeggios

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Book review: Polish Violin in the Musée de la Musique in Paris

2024-02-21T09:33:00+00:00By Philip Brown

Philip Brown reads through Jan Bartoś’ investigation into a mysterious instrument in the Paris museum’s collection, revealing the details that prove its Polish origins

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Book review: Stringstastic: Double Bass

2024-01-24T10:04:48.843+00:00By Eloise Riddell

Eloise Riddell reviews Lorraine Chai’s two volumes of double bass theory books for younger students

Debate

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Opinion: Criticism in teaching

2024-02-19T08:05:00+00:00

Cellist and teacher Naomi Yandell explores the fine line between nagging and getting a point across by reminder and reinforcement, and suggests that a less verbal approach can often yield good results

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Opinion: Adjusting instrument necks for teenage players’ growing hands

2024-01-15T08:05:00+00:00

Bow maker Bernd Müsing believes that widening violin and viola necks could help young players, especially teenage boys, who find that there is no longer enough space between the strings for their growing fingertips

Debate

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Opinion: Criticism in teaching

2024-02-19T08:05:00+00:00

Cellist and teacher Naomi Yandell explores the fine line between nagging and getting a point across by reminder and reinforcement, and suggests that a less verbal approach can often yield good results

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Opinion: Adjusting instrument necks for teenage players’ growing hands

2024-01-15T08:05:00+00:00

Bow maker Bernd Müsing believes that widening violin and viola necks could help young players, especially teenage boys, who find that there is no longer enough space between the strings for their growing fingertips

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