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    Henning Kraggerud's Musical Calendar


    In this video, recorded over the course of 2016, Norwegian violinist and composer Henning Kraggerud and his then nine-year-old daughter Alma play his Musical Calendar. Composed as a Christmas gift to friends and family in 1992, the Musical Calendar features a duet for each month of the year. ...

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    Eivind Holtsmark Ringstad plays Vieuxtemps' Élégie


    Norwegian violist Eivind Holtsmark Ringstad is a current BBC New Generation Artist and a former winner of the Eurovision Young Musician competition (2012). Here he plays Vieuxtemps’ Élégie op.30 with pianist David Meier. Holtsmark Ringstad plays a 1768 Guadagnini viola on loan from Dextra Musica, the musical ...

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    Kyung Wha Chung plays Sarasate's Caprice Basque op.24


    A brief interview followed by a performance by Kyung Wha Chung, aged 22, in her first British TV appearance in 1970. Chung’s big break in the UK had come earlier that year, when she substituted for Itzhak Perlman in a concert with the London Symphony Orchestra to great acclaim, ...

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    How I cope with the pressures of life as a soloist – double bassist Chi-chi Nwanoku


    The founder of Chineke!, Europe’s first professional majority Black and Minority Ethnic orchestra, reflects on how she keeps her own musical life grounded

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    What makes a concertmaster special?


    Laurinel Owen explores the qualities and responsibilities that make orchestral leaders stand apart from the rest

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    Renaud Garcia-Fons on the Sarabande from Bach's Fifth Cello Suite


    The Sarabande from Bach’s Fifth Cello Suite has a deeply personal resonance for the French bassist and composer – even though he’s never performed it in public

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    James Ehnes plays Hora Staccato by Grigoraș Dinicu, arr. Heifetz


    In this video from 2008, James Ehnes plays Hora Staccato , the showpiece by Romanian composer Grigoraș Dinicu, as arranged by Heifetz. As the name suggests, its challenges lie in fast staccato notes both up- and down-bow. The piece features on Ehnes’s CD/DVD Homage released on Onyx Classics, ...

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    Alexander Hersh plays Giovanni Sollima's Lamentatio for solo cello


    In this video, New England Conservatory educated Alexander Hersh plays Giovanni Sollima’s 1998 work Lamentatio. Hersh won the cello category of the 2017 New York International Artists Competition and will be performing Lamentatio at the competition winners’ showcase on 24 September at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. ...

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    The 4 crucial components of a winning competition performance


    Qian Zhou, jury chair of the Singapore International Violin Competition, gives some tips on what it takes to win a share of its $110,000 prize money – plus a bonus tip on the application process

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    Mikyung Sung plays the Gigue from Hans Fryba's Suite im Alten Stil


    In this informal backstage video from June, Mikyung Sung, a finalist at this year’s Bradetich Foundation Competition , plays the Gigue from Hans Fryba’s Suite im Alten Stil. Sung studied at the Korea National University of Arts in Seoul and at the Colburn School in Los Angeles.

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    Tai Murray plays 'Aurora' from Ysaÿe's Sonata no.5


    In this video from the 2017 Ilumina Festival, taking place in and around São Paulo, Brazil, Tai Murray plays the first movement of Ysaÿe’s Violin Sonata no.5. Chicago-born Murray, a former BBC New Generation Artist, recorded the complete Ysaÿe sonatas for Hyperion in 2012.

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    What I'd tell my younger self – double bassist Chi-chi Nwanoku


    ©Eric Richmond The following is published as part of a larger ‘Life Lessons’ interview with Chi-chi Nwanoku in The Strad’s September 2017 issue, out now – download the issue on desktop computer or via the The Strad App , or buy the print edition . ...

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


    Dorothy DeLay at the Aspen Music Festival, ©Charles Abbott The following is an extract from The Strad’s September 2017 issue cover story – to read the full article download the issue on desktop computer or via the The Strad App , or buy the ...

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    17-year-old Moné Hattori plays Ysaÿe Sonata no.2, (4th mvmnt, 'Les Furies')


    Japanese violinist Moné Hattori, who won the inaugural Boris Goldstein International Violin Competition in 2015 , joined the International Classical Artists roster earlier this year. The artist management agency posted this video last week. Hattori plays a 1743 violin by Pietro Guarneri of Venice.

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    Ray Chen teaches Harmonics


    In the latest in Ray Chen’s ‘Masterclass Monday’ YouTube series, he looks at natural and artificial harmonics and offers some hard-won tips on getting them right

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    Collé: Kurt Sassmannshaus on mastering a crucial bow technique


    Kurt Sassmannshaus, chair of classical violin at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, director of the Great Wall Music Academy, Beijing, and founder of, discusses the bow stroke that forms the beginning of any effective martelé

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    James Ehnes plays the Ysaÿe Sonata no.3, 'George Enescu'


    James Ehnes, who is artistic director of the Seattle Chamber Music festival, breaks out his 1715 ’Marsick’ Stradivari and gives an impromptu performance for festival staff

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    Preparing for an orchestral audition: the basics


    Gary Levinson , senior principal associate concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, sets out the principles of successful audition preparation

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    Johan Dalene plays Ravel's Tzigane


    In this video, then 15-year-old Johan Dalene performs in the final of the Polstjärne Prize with the Gothenberg Symphony in January 2017

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    The Pavel Haas Quartet plays Pavel Hass Quartet no.2


    In this video, the Pavel Haas Quartet plays the final movement of Pavel Haas’s String Quartet No 2, ‘From the Monkey Mountains’. The movement, titled ‘Wild Night’, is in the original version with added percussion, which Haas removed after it proved too adventurous for the audience at its premiere ...