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How the Goldner Quartet realised Richard Goldner’s dream

2024-04-12T08:58:00+01:00

Charmian Gadd shares the life story of violinist Richard Goldner, who changed the musical landscape of Australia and beyond, culminating in the formation the eponymous quartet

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Cellist Boris Pergamenschikow on his early days as a student

2024-04-11T08:41:00+01:00

Boris Pergamenschikow prizes his teachers for their emphasis on gradual learning, in this interview from the September 2000 issue of The Strad

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‘She plays like a man’ - From the archive: April 1904

2024-04-11T08:30:00+01:00

New York correspondent Thomas C. Dawson reports on a performance by Maud Powell and solves a mystery regarding the violins of virtuoso Ede Reményi (1828–98)

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The Viola’s White Knight: Hermann Ritter and the quest for the perfect Alto instrument

2024-04-10T08:58:00+01:00

Daniel Orsen delves into the history of the Viola Alta - an instrument championed by Hermann Ritter and Richard Wagner that aimed to optimise the acoustics and physicality of the viola

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The life and legacy of cellist Boris Pergamenschikow

2024-04-10T08:16:00+01:00

Russian cellist Boris Pergamenschikow enjoyed an influential career both teaching and playing in Europe after leaving the Soviet Union, before his untimely death twenty years ago. Oskar Falta examines his legacy and hears from some of his former students

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Opinion: why don’t string players practice pizzicato?

2024-04-08T08:10:00+01:00

Perfecting bowing is a lifelong quest for string players – but what about pizzicato? Cellist Davina Shum advocates setting aside some dedicated practice time to this neglected technique

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My Space: Elina Kaljunen’s Helsinki workshop

2024-04-16T08:16:00+01:00

The maker takes us on a tour of her Finnish workshop

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From the archive: Neville Marriner on his musical education

2024-04-15T09:03:00+01:00

The violinist, chamber music player and conductor was born on this day in 1924. In this excerpt from a 1986 interview, Neville Marriner speaks to Dennis Rooney about his first encounters with violin playing and his early teachers

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Postcard from Beijing: Global Music Education League competition

2024-03-25T08:10:00+00:00

The first violin edition of the Global Music Education League competition took place in Beijing following a four-year delay due to the pandemic. Emma Baker travelled to China to hear the finals

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‘So don’t sit around and think – go and find your audience!’ - Tai Murray’s life lessons

2024-03-20T11:24:00+00:00

The US violinist on finding your voice and the transition from student to professional

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Violin winners of the Hong Kong International Young Musicians Competition announced

2024-04-16T12:30:00+01:00

Violinist Kim Byeol Claire won the senior category, receiving $2,000

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Semi-finalists announced for the 2025 Antonio Mormone International Prize

2024-04-16T09:33:00+01:00

In a unique semi-final round where the jurors follow competitors over ten months, ten violinists will have the opportunity to compete for a first-prize package, which includes €30,000, a recording contract, concert engagements and artist management

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Arthur Grumiaux International Violin Competition announces 2024 winners

2024-04-15T14:57:00+01:00

Winner of the senior division, violinist Ilva Eigus, receives €3,000 and a violin bow

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Premiere of the Month: Daniel Perttu on his new cello concerto

2024-04-05T08:23:00+01:00

Dvořák’s Cello Concerto is the inspiration behind a new piece in the genre

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Competitions, Awards and Appointments: April 2024

2024-03-20T11:22:56.957+00:00

The latest competition results, appointments and forthcoming contests

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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

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Violin winners of the Hong Kong International Young Musicians Competition announced

2024-04-16T12:30:00+01:00

Violinist Kim Byeol Claire won the senior category, receiving $2,000

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Semi-finalists announced for the 2025 Antonio Mormone International Prize

2024-04-16T09:33:00+01:00

In a unique semi-final round where the jurors follow competitors over ten months, ten violinists will have the opportunity to compete for a first-prize package, which includes €30,000, a recording contract, concert engagements and artist management

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Arthur Grumiaux International Violin Competition announces 2024 winners

2024-04-15T14:57:00+01:00

Winner of the senior division, violinist Ilva Eigus, receives €3,000 and a violin bow

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My Space: Elina Kaljunen’s Helsinki workshop

2024-04-16T08:16:00+01:00

The maker takes us on a tour of her Finnish workshop

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In Focus: A 1759 violin by Joseph Marquès

2024-04-12T08:30:00+01:00

Jordi Pinto examines the Spanish maker’s mid-century instrument

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Making Matters: How to identify an expert bow maker

2024-04-09T09:31:00+01:00

The ability to identify the maker of a bow is a rare talent that requires a keen eye and a wealth of knowledge. Jacques Poullot gives some pointers as to how to acquire such expertise

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Trade Secrets: Making a decorative fleur-de-lys

2024-04-08T08:05:00+01:00

Luthier Evan Davenport illustrates a method to add a striking decoration to the back of a Baroque instrument

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Ask the Experts: protecting your instrument from chips and nicks

2024-04-04T08:12:00+01:00

A panel of luthiers give their thoughts on some unusual marks that have appeared on the surface of a violinist's instrument over the course of his playing career

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The bows of Richard Otto Gläsel

2024-04-03T08:27:00+01:00

A selection of bows by the German-born bow maker (1885-1931), whose work exhibits the influence of Claude Thomassin and other French artisans of the era

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Concert review: Linos Piano Trio

2024-04-03T08:05:00+01:00By

Edward Bhesania hears the recital of Felix Mendelssohn, Fanny Mendelssohn, Boondiskulchok, Beethoven and Schubert at London’s Kings Place on 21 January 2024

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Concert review: Vilde Frang (Violin) BBC Symphony Orchestra/Sakari Oramo

2024-04-02T08:05:00+01:00By

Peter Quantrill attends the performance of Stravinsky’s Violin Concerto at London’s Barbican Hall on 20 January 2024

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Concert review: Randall Goosby (violin) Jameel Martin (viola/narrator) Eddie Pogossian (cello) Zhu Wang (piano)

2024-03-28T09:31:00+00:00By

Edward Bhesania listens to the performance of at London’s Purcell Room on 14 January 2024

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Laura van der Heijden: Path to the Moon

2024-04-16T08:15:00+01:00By

Fine musicianship can’t quite overcome a flawed programme concept

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Elisabeth Turmo: Fairy Tales

2024-04-15T08:00:00+01:00By

Plenty of musicality but perhaps a lack of virtuoso pizzazz

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Routes Quartet: Arche

2024-04-10T08:15:00+01:00By

A far-reaching new take on Scottish trad is an irresistible listen

Collaborations

Book review: Collaborations: Reflections on 50 Years of Working with Composers

2024-03-20T11:21:30.33+00:00By

Pwyll ap Siôn reads the memoirs of Irvine Arditti, new music specialist and founder of the eponymous quartet

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Book review: Violin Makers in Naples from the 17th Century

2024-03-20T11:21:26.123+00:00By

Christian Lloyd reads Ernesto de Angelis’s treatise on Neapolitan lutherie, now translated into English for the first time

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Book review: Wee Violin: World Music Preparatory to Twinkle

2024-03-20T11:21:19.04+00:00By

Celia Cobb reads Crystal Boyack’s introductory work for very young students of the violin

Debate

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Opinion: why don’t string players practice pizzicato?

2024-04-08T08:10:00+01:00

Perfecting bowing is a lifelong quest for string players – but what about pizzicato? Cellist Davina Shum advocates setting aside some dedicated practice time to this neglected technique

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Opinion: The benefits and challenges of playing at the back of the section

2024-03-18T08:05:00+00:00

While the musicians at the front of an orchestral string section might be in the spotlight, every string player should experience the unique challenges of sitting towards the back, says violinist Alexandra Gorski

Debate

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Opinion: why don’t string players practice pizzicato?

2024-04-08T08:10:00+01:00

Perfecting bowing is a lifelong quest for string players – but what about pizzicato? Cellist Davina Shum advocates setting aside some dedicated practice time to this neglected technique

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Opinion: The benefits and challenges of playing at the back of the section

2024-03-18T08:05:00+00:00

While the musicians at the front of an orchestral string section might be in the spotlight, every string player should experience the unique challenges of sitting towards the back, says violinist Alexandra Gorski

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