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My tech set-up: cellist Ayanna Witter-Johnson

2024-06-10T09:01:00+01:00

In our Accessories 2024 supplement, British multi-style cellist, composer and vocalist shares her go-to tech accessories

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Sentimental Work: Andrés Cárdenes on Chausson’s Poème

2024-06-10T08:05:00+01:00

The Cuban-born violinist feels a rapport with the opulence of Chausson’s Poème – particularly with the revisions by its dedicatee, Eugène Ysaÿe

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Cellist John-Henry Crawford on Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme

2024-06-07T13:58:00+01:00

Encountering the piece initially at the age of eleven, John-Henry Crawford shares his journey with this staple piece of cello repertoire, as well as tips and advice for overcoming some of the work’s technical challenges

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Violinist Guy Braunstein on his Beatles-inspired Abbey Road Concerto

2024-06-07T08:55:00+01:00

Braunstein shares how the iconic Abbey Road album provides the catalyst for a new album paired with British works

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Piano trios to watch: Trio Chagall

2024-06-07T08:54:00+01:00

Our June 2024 issue spotlights piano trios who are making waves in the classical music scene today. Charlotte Gardner takes a closer look at the Trio Chagall

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Anibal Vidal: creating a personal sound palette for strings

2024-06-06T09:00:00+01:00

The composer shares specialised string techniques that feature on a new album of string quartet works

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The Henschel Quartet: ‘Music will never let you down’

2024-06-11T08:31:00+01:00

The Henschel Quartet celebrates its 30th anniversary this season. Co-founder and violist Monika Henschel-Schwind speaks to Andrew Stewart about the group’s longevity, and looks forward to the premiere of Freda Swain’s neglected ‘Norfolk’ String Quartet at Aldeburgh this summer

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In Focus: A 1927 violin by Evasio Emilio Guerra

2024-06-07T08:31:00+01:00

Andrea Schudtz examines the Turin maker’s early 20th-century instrument

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The Henschel Quartet: ‘Music will never let you down’

2024-06-11T08:31:00+01:00

The Henschel Quartet celebrates its 30th anniversary this season. Co-founder and violist Monika Henschel-Schwind speaks to Andrew Stewart about the group’s longevity, and looks forward to the premiere of Freda Swain’s neglected ‘Norfolk’ String Quartet at Aldeburgh this summer

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Postcard from Utrecht: Netherlands Violin Competition and Night of the Violin festival

2024-05-20T08:05:00+01:00

Laurence Vittes found himself impressed by the talent at the Netherlands Violin Competition in Utrecht, as well as swept away by the diverse array of non-classical styles at its sister Night of the Violin festival

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Opinion: Independence of the left-hand thumb

2024-05-15T08:42:47.97+01:00

To free up left-hand technique, violinist and teacher Martin Goldman encourages players to think more carefully about their thumb as an independent entity, yet still in close partnership with the four fingers

Competitions

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Prizes awarded at the 2024 Città di Cremona Competition

2024-06-11T09:31:00+01:00

Italian-Japanese violinist Yuki Serino scooped the top prize of €40,000

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Winners announced for the 2024 Leonid Kogan International Competition for Young Violinists

2024-06-10T14:27:00+01:00

The €2,000 first prize in the senior category was awarded to 23-year-old Japanese violinist Wakana Kimura

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Nine-year-old wins the 2024 Andrea Postacchini International Violin Competition

2024-06-04T09:17:00+01:00

Kai Xuan Travis Wong, a nine-year-old violinist from Singapore, beat more than 100 others in the Italian competition for young violinists

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Premiere of the Month: Nathalie Joachim’s new cello concerto for Seth Parker Woods

2024-05-31T08:31:00+01:00

The Black dandyism fashion movement spawns a new cello concerto

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Premiere of the Month: Britta Byström’s new violin concerto for Janine Jansen

2024-05-16T08:01:00+01:00

Day and night inspire a new violin concerto

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The Strad Podcast #115: designing your own musical education as an adult learner with violinist Julia Reddy

2024-04-11T08:38:00+01:00

How can adult students gain musical enrichment beyond the practice room? The violinist, teacher and podcaster shares her strategies

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The Strad Podcast Episode #57: Augustin Hadelich on Recuerdos and Ricochet

2024-04-04T08:10:00+01:00

Enjoy some ’R&R’: the violinist speaks about his new album, as well as a particularly tricky bowing technique

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The Strad Podcast #114: exploring resources and finding your teaching style with cellist Guy Johnston

2024-03-28T09:53:00+00:00

The cellist speaks about how resources left by renowned ‘cello gods,’ as well as fostering a community of sharing has informed his teaching methods throughout his career

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The Strad Podcast #113: Uncovering Ysaÿe’s lost works with violinist Philippe Graffin

2024-03-14T09:59:00+00:00

The violinist speaks about his efforts to bring Ysaÿe’s Poème concertant into the limelight

Competitions

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Prizes awarded at the 2024 Città di Cremona Competition

2024-06-11T09:31:00+01:00

Italian-Japanese violinist Yuki Serino scooped the top prize of €40,000

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Winners announced for the 2024 Leonid Kogan International Competition for Young Violinists

2024-06-10T14:27:00+01:00

The €2,000 first prize in the senior category was awarded to 23-year-old Japanese violinist Wakana Kimura

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Nine-year-old wins the 2024 Andrea Postacchini International Violin Competition

2024-06-04T09:17:00+01:00

Kai Xuan Travis Wong, a nine-year-old violinist from Singapore, beat more than 100 others in the Italian competition for young violinists

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In Focus: A 1927 violin by Evasio Emilio Guerra

2024-06-07T08:31:00+01:00

Andrea Schudtz examines the Turin maker’s early 20th-century instrument

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Making Matters: Bridge position of the pochette instrument

2024-06-06T08:31:00+01:00

One of the most unusual stringed instruments, the pochette can be found on show in many museum collections – but is it being displayed properly? Wim Raymaekers argues that the bridge position needs to be rethought

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‘He was taking a very large elephant to America’ - From the archive: June 1904

2024-05-30T08:31:00+01:00

Violinist Archie Easton presents some ‘reminiscences of John Frederick Lott’ (1804–70), including his brief spell as an elephant trainer for a circus

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Auction Report June 2024: Like father, like son

2024-05-27T08:42:00+01:00

An Omobono Stradivari and two Vuillaumes were the standout lots during a varied spring auction season in London, as Kevin MacDonald reports

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The luthier's guide to good customer relationships

2024-05-24T08:01:00+01:00

As a general rule, luthiers tend to be better at making instruments than making friends. Violin maker Korinthia A. Klein gives some hints and tips on good customer relations – both for the people entering the workshop and for those running it

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Photo story: Celebrating Women Luthiers exhibit at Potter Violins

2024-05-21T10:15:00+01:00

Held at Potter Violins from 3 to 11 May 2024, Robyn Sullivan reports back from the event that had discussion, laughter and music making at its heart

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Concert review: Piatti Quartet

2024-06-03T08:00:00+01:00By

Tim Homfray hears the performance of Ina Boyle and Dvořák at London’s Kings Place on 20 March 2024

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Concert review: Esther Yoo (violin) BBC Symphony Orchestra/Clemens Schuldt

2024-05-31T08:30:00+01:00By

Peter Quantrill hears the premiere of Raymond Yiu’s Violin Concerto at London’s Barbican Hall on 20 March 2024

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Concert review: Julia Fischer (violin) London Philharmonic Orchestra/Edward Gardner

2024-05-30T08:30:00+01:00By

Peter Quantrill listens to the performance of Daniel Kidane’s violin concerto Aloud at London’s Royal Festival Hall on 16 March 2024

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Cecilia Zilliacus, Kati Raitinen: De Manziarly

2024-06-12T08:00:00+01:00By

The music of a forgotten Boulanger pupil is resurrected, to striking effect

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Trio Ilona: Schumann

2024-06-11T08:30:00+01:00By

A notable debut from a period-aware trio

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Sacconi Quartet: Schumann, Taneyev

2024-06-10T08:00:00+01:00By

A Russian rarity is a winner in this unusual pairing

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Book review: Violin Junior

2024-05-15T08:39:59.86+01:00By

Celia Cobb reviews Ros Stephen’s latest collection of method books aimed at younger players

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Book review: Quartet: How Four Women Changed the Musical World

2024-05-15T08:39:00+01:00By

Tully Potter reviews Leah Broad’s account of the lives of four pioneering women in music: Ethel Smyth, Rebecca Clarke, Dorothy Howell and Doreen Carwithen

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Book review: The Living Art of Violin Playing: Progressive Form

2024-05-15T08:39:00+01:00By

Philippa Bunting reviews Maureen Taranto-Pyatt’s well-described account of her theories on ’progressive form’

Debate

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Opinion: Independence of the left-hand thumb

2024-05-15T08:42:47.97+01:00

To free up left-hand technique, violinist and teacher Martin Goldman encourages players to think more carefully about their thumb as an independent entity, yet still in close partnership with the four fingers

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Opinion: Choosing the right repertoire for group instrumental lessons

2024-05-06T08:20:00+01:00

With the growth in popularity of group instrumental lessons, it’s never been more important to match the music to the pupil says cellist, composer and teacher Thomas Gregory

Debate

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Opinion: Independence of the left-hand thumb

2024-05-15T08:42:47.97+01:00

To free up left-hand technique, violinist and teacher Martin Goldman encourages players to think more carefully about their thumb as an independent entity, yet still in close partnership with the four fingers

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Opinion: Choosing the right repertoire for group instrumental lessons

2024-05-06T08:20:00+01:00

With the growth in popularity of group instrumental lessons, it’s never been more important to match the music to the pupil says cellist, composer and teacher Thomas Gregory

Accessories

Artists

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    Cellist John-Henry Crawford on Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme

    2024-06-07T13:58:00+01:00

    Encountering the piece initially at the age of eleven, John-Henry Crawford shares his journey with this staple piece of cello repertoire, as well as tips and advice for overcoming some of the work’s technical challenges

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    Piano trios to watch: Trio Chagall

    2024-06-07T08:54:00+01:00

    Our June 2024 issue spotlights piano trios who are making waves in the classical music scene today. Charlotte Gardner takes a closer look at the Trio Chagall

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    Piano trios to watch: Trio Orelon

    2024-06-06T08:51:00+01:00

    Our June 2024 issue spotlights piano trios who are making waves in the classical music scene today. Charlotte Gardner takes a closer look at the Trio Orelon

Education Resources

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  • The Strad Directory is the essential resource for the string music world, with over 2,300 listings providing information on string businesses across North and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia.

    Whether you are a string player searching for a new instrument or a business owner looking to reach your target audience, the Strad Directory remains the most comprehensive and user-friendly resource for the string music world.