• Dover Quartet

    Bravo! Vail's Inside the Music with the Dover Quartet


    In this video from this year’s Bravo! Vail festival, the Dover Quartet reflects on how the global pandemic has impacted them as individuals and as an ensemble and perform the 2nd and 3rd movements of Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 10 in E-flat major, Op. 74, ‘Harp’. The players ...

  • LPO National Gallery

    LPO members play Haydn at the National Gallery


    In the second of their performances matching chamber music with paintings from the National Gallery, members of the London Philharmonic Orchestra bring together Joseph Haydn’s ‘String trio in C major’ of 1766 and a painting by François-Hubert Drouais. Created only a couple of years apart in the 1760s, they demonstrate ...

  • West Wycombe chamber festival

    West Wycombe Chamber Music Festival: Masterclass with Lawrence Power


    Owing to COVID-19, this year Lawrence Power has turned his West Wycombe Chamber Music Festival into a series of videos, released weekly online. In this second video from the festival, Lawrence Power works on the Bartók Viola Concerto with student Kinga Wojdalska. Watch: West Wycombe Chamber Music ...

  • Sevak Avanesyan

    Belgian-Armenian cellist plays in bombed-out church


    Sevak Avanesyan, a Belgian cellist of Armenian descent, plays Komitas’s Krunk in Shusha’s Ghazanchetsots Cathedral in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, several days after the iconic church was badly damaged in the bombing of the city. Watch: Yo-Yo Ma and Renaud Capucon mark Armistice with Ravel Read: Yo-Yo Ma ...

  • National Gallery LPO concert

    LPO members play Dvorák at the National Gallery


    In the first of their performances matching chamber music with paintings from the National Gallery, members of the London Philharmonic Orchestra bring together Antonín Dvořák’s ‘Terzetto in C major’, Op. 74, 1887, and three paintings that conjure up a sense of place through landscape, locals and traditions; two works are ...

  • Del Gesu

    Henning Kraggerrud plays a Guarneri ‘Del Gesù’


    In this music video the Norwegian violinist Henning Kraggerrud plays the Guarneri Del Gesù violin from 1744 (the last year of the luthier’s life) – the violin featured in The Strad calendar 2021. Read: Pride of Norway: The Strad calendar 2021

  • West Wycombe Chamber Music Festival

    West Wycombe Chamber Music Festival: opening concert


    Owing to COVID-19, this year Lawrence Power has turned his West Wycombe Chamber Music Festival into a series of videos, released weekly online. Here is the first full concert, featuring Power alongside Pavel Kolesnikov, Vilde Frang, John Myerscough, Alexander Sitkovetsky, Annabelle Meare, Tim Crawford, Timothy Ridout and Sergio ...

  • TwoSet Violin

    TwoSet Violin react to 2-year-old prodigy


    Brett Yang and Eddy Chen of TwoSet Violin guide us through the first two years of a child prodigy’s progress. Read: ’ One thing I’m grateful for is the amount of practice I did growing up’ – TwoSet Violin Read: ’ It was one of the best moments ...

  • Midori young

    Midori’s famous string-breaking moment


    Aged just 14, the violinist broke not one but two E-strings in a performance conducted by Leonard Bernstein 

  • Janine Jansen plays Mendelssohn

    Janine Jansen gives socially-distanced performance of Mendelssohn


    The violinist gives a socially-distanced performance of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in Munich’s Philharmonie im Gasteig on 25 September 2020, with the Munich Philharmonic under Valery Gergiev. Watch: Anne-Sophie Mutter gives a socially-distanced Beethoven performance Read: What does it feel like to play in a socially-distanced orchestra?

  • Christoph Koncz

    Christoph Koncz plays Mozart on the composer’s own violin


    Christoph Koncz, principal violinist of the Vienna Philharmonic and conductor, was granted exclusive access to Mozart’s own violin to record Mozart’s five Violin Concertos on the composer’s own violin for the first time ever. Here, you can hear a preview of the album, which comes out on 9 October. ...

  • BBC Orchestras

    BBC violists play Nimrod


    In this video, the violas of the BBC orchestras play an arrangement of Elgar’s ‘Nimrod’ by James Manson. This recording is dedicated to former BBC Symphony Orchestra Principal Viola, Ruşen Güneş, who died in May aged 80. BBC SO viola Philip Hall writes: ‘Ruşen was a very special person ...

  • Midori

    Midori plays Paganini/Liszt


    Our cover star for the October 2020 issue of The Strad plays Paganini/Liszt’s La Campanella for Violin and Piano, with pianist Robert McDonald. To read our interview with Midori click here .

  • Stradivari

    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


    Note: Select ‘Full screen’ to watch this video properly . In this video London-based French violinist Esther Abrami practises with a rescue kitten in her pouch. On her Facebook page, Abrami says: ’This kitten was abandoned but thankfully rescued by the cat shelter Association Féli-Cité . As a ...

  • Violin Makers

    Video: Violin Makers – The Renaissance of Italian Lutherie


    A 60-minute documentary featuring interviews with some of the greatest 20th-century Italian luthiers

  • Katherine Clarke

    Singing viola player performs Garth Knox


    The three ‘Wind Songs’ were written by Garth Knox for Katherine Clarke as part of her ‘Singing Viola’ project . The first song is called ‘Wild Wind’. An Irish monk wrote this short poem in the margin of a Latin text he was recopying and illustrating in the 9th ...

  • HaendelZhu

    When young violinist Leia Zhu met the great Ida Haendel


    In this video, made by young violinist siblings Leia and Leo Zhu during lockdown, Leia pays homage to the great violinist Ida Haendel, who died on 1 July 2020 at the age of 96. Also shared is footage of Leia’s meeting with Haendel in February 2018 (from 3.30). The video ...

  • Patricia Kopatchinskaja

    A day in the life of Patricia Kopatchinskaja


    This video, made in 2012, follows the Moldovan-Austrian violinist over a 24-hour period, through rehearsals with the Staatskapelle, salon music at the Brandenburg Gate, a meeting with choreographer Sascha Waltz and her husband, phone calls with her sick daughter and a performance at the Berlin Philharmonic. Patricia Kopatchinskaja shares ...

  • Yo-Yo Ma

    Yo-Yo Ma pays tribute to Ruth Bader Ginsburg with Vocalise


    The American cellist plays Rachmaninov’s Vocalise in memory of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Watch: Juilliard students ‘do’ Bolero with guests including Itzhak Perlman and Yo-Yo Ma Read: Yo-Yo Ma plays cello at US-Mexico border Read: Yo-Yo Ma and ...