January 2019

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  • Isabelle Faust: The German violinist on decoding Mozart’s musical language in her new violin sonatas album
  • Daniel Müller-Schott on his latest Russian music project
  • Tech round-up: apps and accessories for students and teachers
  • Lloyd Swanton: the double bassist on improvisation and more
  • The story of Renzo Bacchetta, co-founder of the Cremona Violin Making School
  • Luthier Kevin Kelly on the geometric principles of instrument patterns 
  • In Focus: A violin by Guarneri ‘filius Andreae’ that also bears the distinctive hand of ‘del Gesù’
  • Trade Secrets: Bending a viola da gamba back with Gabriela Guadalajara
  • My Space: The husband-and-wife lutherie team of Mira Gruszow and Gideon Baumblatt
  • Making Matters: Mass, density and CT scans with Steven Sirr and John Waddle
  • Life Lessons: Memories and advice from Anne-Sophie Mutter
  • Postcard from Hanover: The Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition
  • Postcard from Munich: Violists and piano trios perform at the ARD Competition
  • Masterclass: Lynn Harrell on Beethoven’s Cello Sonata no.4
  • Technique: Tracy Silverman shows how to adapt guitar technique for jazz and pop violinists
  • Sentimental Work: Bassist Rick Stotijn on his affection for a little-known work by Joseph Marx
  • Plus our String Courses 2019 supplement

In this month’s digital edition:

  • Listen to clips from Isabelle Faust’s latest CD of Mozart sonatas, along with the chance to win the album in our latest competition [weblink here]
  • View extra photos of this month’s In focus instrument, a fascinating Guarneri ‘filius Andreae’ which bears all the hallmarks of ‘del Gesù’ as well
  • More images from the ARD Competition in Munich, including the full jury line-up and photos from backstage
  • CT scans from Stradivari and Amati cellos, to support this month’s Making Matters - an exploration into the design and carving of their front and back plates
  • A video explaining Kevin Kelly’s ingenious ‘Four Circles’ method of violin design
  • And, as ever, clips from the three of recordings which earned this month’s ‘The Strad Recommends’ labels

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Stradivari’s brilliant red varnishes

conservatoire auditions



Gingold, Heifetz and Galamian




The record-breaking c.1773 ‘Sinzheimer’ violin by G.B. Guadagnini

A jig for arching corrections

Russian-born luthier Yuri Pochekin

Steve Rossow’s various techniques for teaching violin making


Australian violist and composer Brett Dean



British cellist Guy Johnston discusses Mendelssohn’s Variations op.17

gives his ingenious strategies for functional fingering

explains his love for Myaskovsky’s 1944-5 Cello Concerto