All Feature articles

  • Music on Wheels
    Feature

    How do you make a music school on a bus?

    2020-09-25T09:59:00Z

    Petru Cotarcea, founder of Lyceum Music, explains how he set up his music school on a London double-decker bus

  • AnssiKarttunen
    Feature

    Sentimental Work: Anssi Karttunen

    2020-09-24T10:06:00Z

    For the Finnish cellist, Magnus Lindberg’s Cello Concerto no.2 embodies his lifelong working relationship with the composer, through a complex set of emotions

  • TasminLittle
    Feature

    Sentimental Work: Tasmin Little

    2020-08-13T16:33:00Z

    The Brahms Violin Concerto has been at the heart of several of the British violinist’s most memorable performances

  • RepinSentimental
    Feature

    Sentimental Work: Vadim Repin

    2020-07-28T09:00:00Z

    Despite a shaky beginning, Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto no.2 has become one of the most beloved pieces in the Russian violinist’s repertoire

  • RobyLakatos
    Feature

    Sentimental Work: Roby Lakatos

    2020-06-18T11:11:00Z

    ‘The devil’s fiddler’ explains why Monti ’s Csárdás has been a mainstay of his repertoire since the earliest days – and why it still brings out the creativity in him and his collaborators

  • StevenIsserlis
    Feature

    Sentimental Work: Steven Isserlis

    2020-05-29T12:27:00Z

    Beethoven’s Cello Sonata no.4 was the gateway the British cellist needed to understand the myriad delights and complexities of the composer’s work

  • Annotation 2020-04-02 145025
    Feature

    Sentimental Work: Maxim Vengerov

    2020-05-04T13:33:00Z

    The First Violin Concerto by Shostakovich brings back memories of the Russian violinist’s first meeting with Mstislav Rostropovich – an encounter that blossomed into firm friendship

  • ASM Penderecki Orkis
    Feature

    Sentimental Work: Anne-Sophie Mutter on Penderecki’s Metamorphosen

    2020-03-30T10:40:00Z

    Interviewed for The Strad August 2018, Anne-Sophie Mutter discusses Penderecki’s Second Violin Concerto, a work that harbours undiscovered secrets

  • How are soloists coping with the lockdown
    Feature

    How are string soloists coping with the coronavirus lock down?

    2020-03-27T13:11:00Z

    As social distancing causes unprecedented disruption to concert schedules around the world, several soloists share their coping strategies and plans for the future.

  • Mary-Elizabeth Brown
    Feature

    How to set yourself up as an online string teacher

    2020-03-25T13:04:00Z

    Violinist and longtime distance-teacher Mary-Elizabeth Brown presents an essential guide to teaching online, from setting up a home studio and preparing your students, to safeguarding and health safety. With tips on adapting your teaching methods for the online environment 

  • Screen Shot 2020-02-27 at 15.40.13
    Feature

    Sentimental Work: Julia Fischer

    2020-03-17T23:35:00Z

    Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins BWV1043 has been one of the German violinist’s constant companions – and is still a rich learning experience with each performance

  • Slow motion bow movement
    Feature

    How knowledge of physics can improve your sound

    2020-03-05T09:55:00Z

    Understanding the basic physics of string movement can help us produce a richer, more ringing tone, says professor of violin Wendy Case

  • Sam Zygmuntowicz matched quartet
    Feature

    Matched quartets: a dream commission?

    2020-03-02T15:43:00Z

    What does a string quartet look for when commissioning a matching set of instruments, and how do luthiers go about fulfilling such a project?

  • Screen Shot 2020-02-07 at 14.13.17
    Feature

    Sentimental Work: Leonidas Kavakos

    2020-02-25T13:21:00Z

    For the Greek violinist, Beethoven’s Violin Concerto stands apart from the rest of the repertoire – and requires a very special method of interpretation

  • Screen Shot 2020-02-07 at 15.37.07
    Feature

    The promise of Youth: Postcard from London

    2020-02-18T08:32:00Z

    The 2019 Highgate International Chamber Music Festival showcased a variety of repertoire performed in partnerships established especially for the event. But, says Tom Stewart , it is the festival’s commitment to educational outreach that is particularly admirable

  • QE_JulienMignot_10
    Feature

    How to replace a quartet member, by the Ébène Quartet

    2020-02-13T14:58:00Z

    In conversation with Charlotte Gardner, the French players discuss group chemistry and reveal how they have retained their sound with their newest member, violist Marie Chilemme

  • Screen Shot 2020-01-03 at 16.08.57
    Feature

    Sentimental Work: Jean-Luc Ponty

    2020-02-04T13:30:00Z

    The French jazz violinist–composer has recorded his 1976 piece ‘Renaissance’ three times – but it’s the original version that remains close to his heart

  • Ebene Quartet
    Feature

    The Ébène Quartet on turning 20

    2020-01-24T15:57:00Z

    Currently making international appearances to mark Beethoven’s 250th birthday as well as celebrating 20 years since its foundation, the Ébène Quartet is riding high now that violist Marie Chilemme has become an established member. Charlotte Gardner meets the players

  • Screen Shot 2020-01-07 at 17.30.54
    Feature

    Between two worlds: Postcard from Lviv

    2020-01-22T10:28:00Z

    The third Oleh Krysa International Violin Competition was the first in its short history to honour Ukrainian musicians with top awards. Tom Stewart reports on an event doing its best to highlight Ukraine’s musical pedigree

  • Screen Shot 2019-12-04 at 17.27.16
    Feature

    The heart of Amadeus: Postcard from Zhuhai

    2020-01-17T12:11:00Z

    Peter Quantrill hears Mozartians of the future competing in the violin category of the biennial Zhuhai International Mozart Competition for Young Musicians – by the shores of China’s Pearl River