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Published in May 1890, the first issue of The Strad featured Joseph Joachim, the violinist to whom Brahms dedicated his Concerto. Since then, players such as Mstislav Rostropovich, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Mischa Maisky and many more besides have brought their insight and expertise to the pages of the magazine. The Strad is an indispensible guide for string players, teachers and instrument makers alike, featuring expert advice and practical guidance each month from celebrated luthiers working with traditional techniques and the latest technological advances. Authoritative, trusted and influential, The Strad is available in print and digital editions.

Editorial team

Charlotte Smith, editor

Born in Australia, Charlotte hails from a family of musicians with whom she performed chamber music from a young age. She earned a degree in violin performance from London's Royal College of Music, followed by an MA in English from Cambridge University. Before becoming editor of The Strad she worked for Gramophone and as a freelance writer. In her spare time she continues to play chamber music at corporate events and weddings, and to go to the cinema as often as she can.

Christian Lloyd, managing editor

Christian is the former editor of both International Arts Manager magazine and the Performing Arts Yearbooks. He takes care of the In Focus, Trade Secrets, My Space, Making Matters and Sentimental Work sections of The Strad, as well as all feature articles relating to instruments and lutherie, the book reviews and the news pages.

Tom Stewart, staff writer

Tom was born in Manchester and studied music at Oxford University before moving to Russia to work as an English teacher. Writing for The Strad later gave him the opportunity to pursue his interests in music and literature at the same time. He is studying for an MA in Russian language and culture.

Kimon Daltas, online editor

Kimon is a writer and editor specialising in classical music, and an amateur double bassist. He has previously worked on Opera Now and Piano magazines, and edited Classical Music magazine from 2013 to 2017. Away from The Strad he plays double bass, bass guitar, guitar and assorted other instruments in orchestras, bands and alone, at home, for the entertainment of the neighbours.

Hannah Nepil, online editor

Born in London to Czech parents, Hannah started playing the violin aged five, and studied Music at Oxford University. Torn between her interests in music and writing, she was delighted to find a way of combining them. Outside The Strad, she works as a freelance writer and runs The Cusp, a cross-arts online magazine.

Marija Duric-Speare, sub editor

Apart from bringing her knowledge as a cellist to The Strad, Marija has long had a passion for music history, having written an original thesis on the elder Cervetto for her first degree and gained an MMus in historical musicology at King's College London. She works for other music publications too (RMA journal; Gramophone), and enjoys swimming, walking, watching films and reading fiction.

Pauline Harding, contributing editor

Pauline started playing the violin when she was four years old and studied music at the York University. She decided she wanted to be a writer when she was six, and so The Strad has been the perfect place for her to combine her passions. Outside the office, she is working for a doctorate in African archaeology at University College London.

Mariette King, advertising manager

Mariette was born in France and brought up in Lebanon, Australia and the UK. Her career in advertising mirrors her international background and has encompassed broadcast, print and digital. She wanted to work at The Strad since it combined music, fine literature and the opportunity to meet and share her knowledge of advertising with such talented people. In her spare time she enjoys baking and aromatherapy.

Kirsten Lloyd, head of partnerships

Kirsten is an award-winning documentary-maker for Radio 4 and a former head of research and production at the BBC. With a degree in broadcast journalism and LAMDA qualifications in speech and drama, she has made successful licensing acquisitions in radio and television, handling media distribution platforms and partnerships. Her first book was published last year.

Angela Lyons, art editor

Angela Lyons is The Strad's art editor. She studied at Central Saint Martins and has over 20 years' experience as a graphic designer. Working with The Strad team she has discovered lots of new music and outside work enjoys looking at art and keeping fit.

Philip Ihle, lutherie consultant

Tully Potter, historical consultant


Charlotte Gardner
Chloe Cutts
Toby Deller
Andrew Mellor
Gavin Dixon
Laurinel Owen
Nancy Pellegrini
Peter Quantrill
Pwyll ap Sion
Peter Somerford
Tim Homfray
Femke Colborne
Carlos Maria Solare
John Dilworth
Philip Kass
Sam Zygmuntowicz
Alberto Giordano
Joseph Curtin

Current online issue


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‘We present ourselves in the best way possible on stage, but so much goes on behind the scenes’
American violinist Esther Yoo on competitions, collaborations and the importance of maintaining a positive outlook

‘A player could swap necks on a single instrument, going from Baroque for one performance and modern for the next’
How instrument necksets have been modified over the past 300 years.

The second in Lewis Kaplan's two-part look at Bach's complete Solo Sonatas and Partitas examines the composer’s use of dance forms.

'In the mid-20th century, Herrmann bows sold for the same price as those of Sartory, Fétique and Ouchard' Closely linked to the Knopfs, the Herrmann family of bow makers enjoyed particular success in the 19th century.

Violinist Karen Gomyo on how her new recording of The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires and other works by Astor Piazzolla came into being.

'Assessments of Louise Gautherot's performances by authors both male and female betray some of the underlying gender preferences of the Regency period'. The lives and careers of Louise Gautherot and female violinists of Georgian England



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