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    Gretchen Carlson performs Sarasate at the Miss America Pageant 1989


    Gretchen Carlson from Minnesota - winner of the 1989 Miss America Pageant - demonstrates impressive violin playing skills in Sarasate's Zigeunerweisen.

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    Cellist Amit Peled performs Fauré's Papillon


    Amit Peled performs Fauré's Papillon - a favourite encore piece of Pablo Casals - at the Heifetz International Music Institute on Casals' own 1733 Goffriller cello, presented to him by Casals' widow, Mrs Marta Casals Istomin. Read Peled's article for The Strad: How I came to play Pablo ...

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    Violinist Jascha Heifetz...and goat!


    It may be childish, but it tickled our funny bone... A mash-up between Jascha Heifetz performing the finale of Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto and a particularly vocal (and remarkably in tune) goat. Watch a video of Heifetz imitating bad playing .

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    Hilary Hahn performs Mozart's Third Violin Concerto


    Hilary Hahn performs Mozart's Third Violin Concerto with the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Gustavo Dudamel for an audience including a very prominently seated Pope Benedict XVI. Hahn has today announced the birth of her first child - a daughter called Zelda.

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    Cellist Jian Wang performs Méditation from Thaïs


    Chinese cellist Jian Wang performs Massenet's Méditation from Thaïs in Tokyo in 1995. Read Jian Wang's thoughts on the importance of slow practice .

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    Violinist David Oistrakh performs Ravel's Tzigane


    Violinist David Oistrakh performs Ravel's Tzigane with pianist Frida Bauer. For an entirely different interpretation, watch Patricia Kopatchinskaja perform the work.

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    Violinist Nemanja Radulović performs Sarasate's Carmen Fantasy


    Nemanja Radulović, who has been named Violin Newcomer of the Year at the 2015 ECHO Klassik awards , performs Sarasate's Carmen Fantasy with the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra at Thétre Antique d'Orange in France. The 30-year-old Serbian signed an international contract with DG at the beginning ...

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    Roby Lakatos performs Brahms's Hungarian Dance no.5


    Gypsy violinist Roby Lakatos puts his unique stamp on Brahms's Fifth Hungarian Dance. Lakatos gives a guide to gypsy fusion playing in The Strad's September 2015 issue , out now - download through The Strad App

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    Happy Birthday violinist Maxim Vengerov


    Violinist Maxim Vengerov is given a birthday surprise during a performance in Amsterdam in 1994. Watch Vengerov giving a showstopping performance of Bazzini's Dance of the Goblins with pianist Itamar Golan from the same concert.

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger the violinist


    Movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger gives a fairly convincing impression of playing bluegrass violin in this short clip from the 1976 film 'Stay Hungry'. Watch actors Russell Crowe and Paul Bettany 'playing' the violin and cello respectively in the film Master and Commander.