September 2018

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  • Maxim Vengerov: The violinist and conductor explains how his commitment to educating young musicians reflects his own dedication to learning 
  • The role of cochineal in Stradivari’s brilliant red varnishes
  • How to prepare for conservatoire auditions
  • Eugène Sartory’s development viewed through his unbranded work
  • Bow repair: rescuing a damaged Sartory bow
  • The teaching methods of Gingold, Heifetz and Galamian
  • Photographing bows: the tricks and challenges
  • In Focus: The record-breaking c.1773 ‘Sinzheimer’ violin by G.B. Guadagnini
  • Trade Secrets: A jig for arching corrections
  • My Space: Russian-born luthier Yuri Pochekin
  • Making Matters: Steve Rossow’s various techniques for teaching violin making
  • Life Lessons: The memories and opinions of veteran cello teacher Aldo Parisot
  • Opinion: Teaching limb-different children
  • Postcard from Dresden: Report from Jan Vogler’s Dresden Music Festival
  • Postcard from Yerevan: The Aram Khachaturian International Competition
  • Masterclass: British cellist Guy Johnston discusses Mendelssohn’s Variations op.17
  • Technique: Leo Phillips gives his ingenious strategies for functional fingering
  • Sentimental Work: David Finckel explains his love for Myaskovsky’s 1944-5 Cello Concerto

In this month’s bumper 144-page digital edition: View extra photos of this month’s In Focus instrument, the record-breaking ‘ex-Sinzheimer’ Guadagnini violin that fetched £1,587,000 at auction recently.

There’s a privileged peek into the French chateau where violinists Julian Rachiln and Sarah McElravy got married, with several top string soloists giving them a rousing send-off.

Yuri Pochekin gives a tour of his Spanish workshop in My Space, and we present Pekka Kuusisto’s theatrical rendition of Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Foreign Bodies with the New York Philharmonic. Plus clips from the three recordings this month given ‘The Strad Recommends’ badge

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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