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Juilliard Quartet violist Roger Tapping has died


The British viola player and prolific chamber musician succumbed to cancer on 18 January 2022, aged 61

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The Strad Podcast Episode #28: Alexandra Conunova on losing her Guadagnini violin


Conunova’s violin was seized by customs officials at Chișinău airport in October 2021. She shares what happened on that day, as well as how she finally managed to get the instrument back after two months

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‘People hadn’t heard live music for so long, and were so happy and grateful for the experience’ - Steven Isserlis on performing Bach


The January 2022 cover star speaks to Charlotte Smith about studying the Bach Cello Suites in the form of his new companion book, as well as performing during the pandemic

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‘‘I'm not saying that I wouldn't ever listen to a performance of Bach on steel strings – I would, and I might enjoy it – but, for me, it has to be gut’
UK cellist Steven Isserlis discusses his new Bach companion and recording an album of solo works by British composers.

‘The Greek cross on the label evokes the lutherie traditions of Cremona’
Examining Guadagnini's 1773 'Cozio' viola from the start of the maker's Turin period.

''When the legs are free to move as we play, the stability and strength of the back is enhanced, also allowing better poise of the head on the neck''
Going down different Alexander technique 'pathways' can help all kinds of string players.

''There's always a direct line from the audience to us, and there's nowhere to hide'' Alexander Gilman, artistic director of the LGT Young Soloists on the group's new recording of Philip Glass.

If Stradivari had used different wood for his 1715 'Titian' violin what difference would it make to the sound?

''If you've got the energy and a few good ideas, this is the moment when you can get noticed'' Opportunities for young musicians in a post-Covid world .



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Steven Isserlis: Instinctive performer


Steven Isserlis used the lockdowns of 2020 and 2021 to work on a trio of projects: a companion to Bach’s Cello Suites, a new performing edition of Dvořák’s Cello Concerto and a recording of British solo cello music – as the cellist tells Charlotte Smith


Bach Second Cello Suite – Prelude: A small but crucial omission


The final five bars of the Prelude to Bach’s Second Cello Suite are often misinterpreted by performers, argues Mats Lidström, Leo Stern Professor of Cello at London’s Royal Academy of Music. Here he traces the source of the problem back to the ink- and paper-saving abbreviations of Baroque composers


Wilma Smith: Life Lessons


The Antipodean violinist on how chamber music and seizing opportunities made for a varied career in the New Zealand Quartet and as concertmaster of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra


Masterclass: Schumann’s Adagio and Allegro op.70


Cellist Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt discusses how to produce a true legato and varied tone colours appropriate to this tempestuous work. From February 2016


Analysis January 2022: Remote possibilities


Launched last year, the ABRSM’s online Grade 5 theory exam proved controversial among students and teachers alike. How has the board responded, and have matters improved? By Peter Somerford


Competitions, Awards and Appointments: January 2022


This month’s competition results, appointments and forthcoming contests

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January 2022: Welcome


The Strad’s editor Charlotte Smith introduces the January 2022 issue


Soundpost: Letters to the Editor January 2022


A selection of letters The Strad receives each month from its readers around the world: January 2022 issue

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Opinion: To speak plainly


Teaching a young student with Down’s syndrome has taught Jacqueline Vanasse the value of simple concepts and hands-on rewards


Opinion: Playing the game


In addition to technical mastery, musicians need to understand the ‘game rules’ of every performing tradition and musical culture, write Dudok Quartet Amsterdam musicians Judith van Driel and David Faber


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