May 2018



  • Violinist Ray Chen on the importance of social media and popular culture in encouraging a new generation of players

  • The ‘Vieuxtemps’ Guarneri ‘Del Gesù’: part one of an in-depth study

  • Quartet coaching with Alfred Brendel

  • Laurence Lesser on what cellists can learn from the lute version of Bach’s Fifth Suite

  • Decoding the old Italian ventral pin with Yann Poulain




  • In Focus: A c.1798 violin by Matthew Hardie
  • Trade Secrets: Stacey Styles’s method for maintaining a cello top arch
  • My Space: The workshop of Australian luthier Benedict Puglisi
  • Making Matters: Luthier Gregg Alf pens an open letter to Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume
  • Life Lessons US violinist Leila Josefowicz
  • Opinion: How useful are warm-up regimes?
  • Masterclass: Jian Wang on the second and third movements of Brahms’s Cello Sonata no.2
  • Technique: Flexibility in the left-hand thumb
  • Sentimental Work: Raphael Wallfisch reveals why he champions Finzi’s Cello Concerto

Plus in your bumper 160-page digital edition


  • Extra photos of Ray Chen’s 1715 ‘Joachim’ Stradivari, including front, back and scroll close-ups, plus a chance to enter the competition to WIN one of five autographed copies of his latest CD
  • More from the Sommets Musicaux Festival and the Amsterdam String Quartet Biennale, the subjects of this month’s two Postcards
  • My Space: images from Australian double bass specialist Benedict Puglisi’s workshop
  • In Focus: close-ups of this month’s featured instrument, a c.1798 violin by Matthew Hardie
  • Recordings: as ever, clips from the three CDs graced with the coveted favour ‘The Strad Recommends’
  • Plus Degrees 2018-19: your essential 60-page guide to courses at universities and conservatoires around the world.


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