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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 ...

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    My most memorable musical experience – Joshua Bell


    A wayward shoulder rest nearly ruins the violinist’s first appearance with a world-class orchestra, aged just 14

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    Bachianas Brasileiras no.1, Villa-Lobos, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra


    Truls Mørk and cellists of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra perform the piece that defined the Brazilian Cello Ensemble tradition. The August 2017 issue of The Strad features an article by Lars Hoefs, leader of the Unicamp Cello Ensemble in São Paulo, on Heitor Villa-Lobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras no.1 and its ...

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    New Worlds: cellist Jan Vogler performs with Hollywood actor Bill Murray


    A trailer for the New Worlds project, featuring cellist Jan Vogler, violinist Mira Wang (his wife), pinaist Vanessa Perez and Bill Murray. In The Strad’s August 2017 issue Jan Vogler talks about music, literature and how a chance encounter led to an artistic collaboration with Hollywood legend Bill ...

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    LA Phil concertmaster Nathan Cole gives Don Juan masterclass


    ‘I often think Don Juan inspires fear simply because of its name! It doesn’t have to be scary – it’s a great opportunity to show off’ Los Angeles Philharmonic first associate concertmaster Nathan Cole takes us through that great pinnacle of orchestral audition repertoire – Richard Strauss’s Don ...

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    What is the best scale system for string students?


    The Strad's panel of teaching experts answer reader questions as part of the magazine's Teacher talk series

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    Violinist Renaud Capuçon performs solo Bach


    French violinist Renaud Capuçon performs the Allemande from Bach's Second Partita for solo violin in D minor BWV 1004 in a performance recorded in October 2016 for Le Temps. Watch: Renaud Capuçon rehearses Beethoven’s Violin Concerto 2017 Watch: Renaud Capuçon performs Korngold’s Violin Concerto

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    Violinist Rachel Podger on matching technique and musicality


    Often you find that technique and musicality marry quite well. Something that works musically will so often also work from a technical perspective. And the opposite is also true - that if you change a passage for technical reasons it suddenly makes more musical sense too!' ...