December 2018

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  • Vilde Frang: The Norwegian violinist on her unusual path to international acclaim, and the unlikely pairing of works on her new album 
  • Analysing a violin case made in the Stradivari workshop
  • The Danish Quartet on their folk music project
  • Mischa Maisky celebrates a half century in the business
  • The newest techniques for accurately dating instruments – and finding fakes
  • In Focus: A Richard Meares bass viol from 1669
  • Trade Secrets: Bow maker Markus Laine gives a method for filling in gaps in Pernambuco
  • My Space: Florentine luthier Emanuele Abolaffio
  • Making Matters: Steven Sirr and John Waddle with new research on the ’longitudinal arch structure’ 
  • Life Lessons: The thoughts and memories of German cellist Alban Gerhardt
  • Opinion: String culture must evolve or die
  • Postcard from China: The 2018 Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition
  • Masterclass: Violinist Pablo Hernán Benedí on Schubert’s ‘Death and the Maiden’ Quartet
  • Technique: Gabriel Prynn discusses how to tackle rhythm in modern repertoire
  • Sentimental Work: Bruno Giuranna on Hindemith’s notorious Solo Viola Sonata

Plus, in this month’s digital edition:

  • View the full line-up of finalists for the Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition in performance
  • Extra photos of the rare ‘Milan’ case, made in Antonio Stradivari’s workshop
  • Performance shots of the Jack Quartet, Alina Ibragimova, Jószef Szilvay Sr and Jr, Leonidas Kavakos, Yo-Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax, and Slawomir Wilga in our extensive Concert Reviews section
  • Listen to clips from Mischa Maisky’s Adagietto CD while reading his interview
  • Bruno Giuranna performs Hindemith’s notorious Solo Sonata in Sentimental Work
  • More images of our In focus instrument, the rare Richard Meares bass viol
  • My Space: Emanuele Abolaffio gives us a guided tour of his extensive Florentine atelier
  • Technique: Jacob Prynn demonstrates how to practise complex rhythms in six audio clips
  • And, of course, clips from the three recordings with this issue’s ‘The Strad Recommends’ stickers

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conservatoire auditions



Gingold, Heifetz and Galamian




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

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Steve Rossow’s various techniques for teaching violin making


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