Teacher profiles

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Ivan Galamian: hand of steel


Barbara L. Sand asked some of Galamian’s ex-pupils whether their former master really lived up to his reputation. Taken from the September 1997 issue of The Strad


‘I had to disprove prejudices every day’: Leon Bosch’s Life Lessons


The acclaimed solo and chamber bassist stresses the importance of self-reliance and self-discipline in building a meaningful career and life

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The Strad Podcast Episode #56: Richard Markson on teaching tone and sound


‘You have to hear in your mind a sound that you want to make’

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Violist Cynthia Phelps on studying with William Primrose and Donald McInnes


For some players, only the viola sound will do. But to bring out its full power, the New York Philharmonic violist sought help from a number of teachers, writes Ariane Todes

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‘Play to the exit sign!’ - Pinchas Zukerman: A matter of time


Pauline Harding visits Dallas, Texas, to chat with violinist– violist Pinchas Zukerman about his illustrious past, a new masterclass series at Meadows School of the Arts, and his hopes for the future of technology in string teaching

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Should vibrato exercises be practised separately from the repertoire?


Teacher Talk: your string teaching questions answered by our panel of experts. From 2011

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‘Is it too late for me?’: Teaching adult students


Cellist and teacher Ragnhild Sannes shares her experience teaching adult cellists and how the question of being too late to start needs reframing


Teaching adult students: Find a teacher with passion and dedication


Finding the right teacher can eliminate many of the insecurities associated with learning an instrument as an adult. Cellist and teacher Ariane Zandi shares her experience from a teacher’s perspective


‘Don’t take yourself too seriously, but take what you do seriously’: Johannes Moser answers your questions


Cellist Johannes Moser shares his expertise on performance, life as a busy musician, plus his favourite concert to date


A little every day goes a long way: Teaching adult students


The key to learning an instrument as an adult is to emphasise the love of music making and to work in small, manageable steps, shares violinist Laura Rickard

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The Strad Podcast Episode #46: Billy Tobenkin on starting the cello at 25


’I encourage adults that I encounter to dream bigger than you would imagine’

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‘I try to teach the students to think for themselves’ – the singular teaching legacy of Dorothy DeLay


Dorothy DeLay was born on this day in 1917. In this excerpt from September 2017, Laurie Niles speaks to former students about the legendary pedagogue’s teaching methods


Born on this day: Otakar Ševčík


Happy 170th birthday! Read about the legendary violinist and pedagogue that influenced string players worldwide


Musical groundbreakers: Ševčík’s female pupils


At the beginning of the 20th century, a small number of female violinists became internationally renowned. Linking the members of this intrepid group was the famous Czech string teacher Otakar Ševčík, as Rosalind Ventris discovers

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Leila Schayegh's top 5 tips on historically informed vibrato


The Baroque violinist shares her wisdom on how to use vibrato authentically

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Violinist Lihay Bendayan: Fourth finger vibrato


In this extract from the March 2022 issue, violinist Lihay Bendayan provides tips on how to improve a weak fourth finger vibrato

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‘Don’t expect perfection – seek improvement’: Anne Akiko Meyers answers your questions


Anne Akiko Meyers shares her expertise on violin techniques, learning methods and music education, as well as insights from the unpredictable world of performance


‘A teacher should be most aware of a student’s health, both mental and physical’ - bassist Mary Condliffe


The Cardiff-based double bass pedagogue explains why her students’ health is her biggest concern, in this interview from April 2012

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The final five bars of the Prelude from Bach’s Cello Suite in D minor


Mats Lidström, the Leo Stern Professor of Cello at London’s Royal Academy of Music, examines the curious and sudden omission of rhythm and flow in the final five bars of Bach’s Prelude in D minor for solo cello, in this extract from the January 2022 issue


Should Scale Systems Come With A Health Warning?


Violinist Hector Scott examines how players can use scales to exercise curiosity and exploration of musical expressivity, as opposed to excessive, grinding, repetitive practice