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    Béla Katona: A Pupil’s Perspective

    2020-03-04T11:34:00Z

    Former Béla Katona student Dona Lee Croft, now a professor, recalls her lessons with the Hungarian pedagogue

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    Béla Katona: A Teacher Through and Through

    2020-03-04T10:49:00Z

    One of the 20th century’s greatest violin pedagogues, Béla Katona would have turned 100 this month. Tully Potter charts his life and career, and speaks to former pupils – mainly at London’s Trinity College of Music – about the success of his teaching methods

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    Pablo Casals: Boundless Expression

    2020-02-07T10:55:00Z

    The legacy of Pablo Casals is alive and well in the cello playing of today – and can be traced primarily to the methods of his colleague Diran Alexanian and favourite student Maurice Eisenberg. Oskar Falta explores the Catalonian cellist’s main vibrato theories, as communicated by his two important ...

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    Chinese Tonewoods: Interesting Times

    2020-02-05T11:00:00Z

    For luthiers worldwide, European wood is still viewed as the best for making stringed instruments – even though China’s forests are filled with high-quality spruce and maple. Xue Peng presents the results of a study comparing the tonewoods of China and Europe, with some startling conclusions

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    Session Report: Freedom of Choice

    2020-02-05T10:41:00Z

    For Jack Liebeck, recording the Brahms and Schoenberg violin concertos has felt like a homecoming – a chance to reflect on the life of his grandfather, and to appreciate the liberties we enjoy today, as he tells Harry White    

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    William C. Honeyman: The People’s Violin Man

    2020-02-05T10:09:00Z

    During the 19th century there was an upsurge of interest in violin playing in Britain. At its centre, writes Kevin MacDonald , was the Scottish violinist and writer William C. Honeyman – purveyor of string secrets to the masses and perhaps the inspiration for Sherlock Holmes

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    Karen Tuttle: The Violists’ Champion

    2020-02-05T09:49:00Z

    Violists, particularly in the US, regard Karen Tuttle as a pioneer of pedagogy, tirelessly committed to improving the playing freedom of her students. As this month marks the 100th anniversary of her birth, Carlos María Solare pays tribute to her career, teaching methods and formidable strength of character

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    Isabelle Faust: clarity and insight

    2020-01-20T11:30:00Z

    German violinist Isabelle Faust is known for the precision and intelligence of her performances. She talks to Amanda Holloway about how her new album of Mozart sonatas has brought her face to face with the enigma of the composer’s musical language

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    Pekka Kuusisto, a green violinist

    2020-01-14T09:51:00Z

    Elegy for the Forest , Pekka Kuusisto’s short film made in collaboration with Greenpeace, aims to build awareness of deforestation. He speaks to Peter Quantrill about combining art and activism

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    Pressenda: Combined impact

    2020-01-14T09:51:00Z

    Despite his instruments showing very little difference in form, Giovanni Francesco Pressenda was one of the most idiosyncratic – and innovative – Italian luthiers of the 19th century. Drawing on 20 years of research, Tsutomu Miyasaka reveals how his style reflected both the French and Italian makers of his day ...

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    Fingerboards: The lighter option

    2020-01-13T16:44:00Z

    While the acoustics of the violin soundbox have undergone rigorous testing, the neck and fingerboard have been virtually ignored. Joseph Nagyvary reveals the results of experiments showing that a lighter material might be preferable to the standard ebony

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    The singing, humming, whistling, hollering, growling, storytelling bassist

    2020-01-13T15:53:00Z

    During the past half-century many works have been written for vocalising double bassists. Lisa Mezzacappa delves into this highly creative phenomenon

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    Persoit, the illusion solution

    2020-01-09T15:02:00Z

    One of the most mysterious French bow makers, Persoit had a number of idiosyncrasies that give his works a uniquely light appearance. Through a detailed study of a single bow, Paolo Sarri shows his creative answer to the problem of bulky heads

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    Tan Dun and Eldbjørg Hemsing: the folk connection

    2020-01-09T13:41:00Z

    Chinese composer Tan Dun’s new concerto for Norwegian violinist Eldbjørg Hemsing draws on traditions common to the homelands of both artists. Andrew Mellor speaks to them about this latest in a series of collaborations

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    The gain in Spain: German makers in Naples

    2020-01-09T12:57:00Z

    In the 16th century, many European cities saw an influx of makers from Germany – and the cultural milieu and civic policies of Spanish-held Naples proved particularly attractive. Luigi Sisto explains how the expatriate community laid the groundwork for the city’s lutherie tradition

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    At the dawn of it all: making in Füssen

    2020-01-09T12:47:00Z

    Nowadays best known for its neo-Gothic castles, the town of Füssen in southern Germany has possibly the oldest lutherie tradition of any in the country. Thomas Riedmillertraces its influence, from the foothills of the Alps to England, Vienna and Prague

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    Ébène Quartet: The Freedom of Instability

    2020-01-09T12:00:00Z

    Currently making international appearances to mark Beethoven’s 250th birthday as well as celebrating 20 years since its foundation, the Ébène Quartet is riding high now that violist Marie Chilemme has become an established member. But, the players tell Charlotte Gardner, replacing former violist Mathieu Herzog was no easy matter following ...

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    Vuillaume's Early Years: The Making of a Master

    2020-01-09T11:00:00Z

    Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume was the most successful French luthier of his time, but the first years of his career are still shrouded in mystery. Jonathan Marolle examines some of his earliest instruments to uncover the evolution of his technique and style 

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    Itamar Zornam, voice for Israel

    2020-01-09T10:21:00Z

    Violinist Itamar Zorman’s new recording highlights the transition from European to Middle Eastern influences in the works of Paul Ben-Haim, as he tells Gavin Dixon

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    Jerry Horner: A Virtuoso Teacher

    2020-01-09T10:00:00Z

    In February last year, former Fine Arts Quartet violist Jerry Horner died at the age of 83. China Conservatory of Music violin professor and past Horner student James Dickenson reflects on the career and teaching legacy of a fine mentor, drawing on interviews with Horner’s students and colleagues, and ...