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The Strad’s September 2015 issue is on sale now, in which Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti talks to Pauline Harding about her active role in UK education projects, and her down-to-earth attitude to discipline.
Elsewhere in the the issue, former international competition winners discuss how they prepared for what can be the most nerve-racking experience of any musician's life; Paul Prier looks back over the life and career of his father, Peter Paul Prier, who founded America's first violin making school; Julian Haylock examines the playing style of Zara Nelsova, the American cellist known for her poise, presence and flawless technique; and Myles Jordan examines the art of the imperceptible bow change for cellists.
In our regular sections: In Focus gives a close-up view of an unusual double bass from c.1770 made by Zuanne and Ignazio Ongaro; US bow maker Steve Beckley discusses his method for replacing a bow head in Trade Secrets; Cremonese luthier Leonidas Rafaelian invites us into his workshop in My Space; Gypsy violinist Roby Lakatos gives a guide to gypsy fusion playing in Masterclass; violin professor Lenneke Willems gives tips on teaching vibrato in Technique; cellist Joseph Crouch takes us through his Practice Diary; teachers give their opinions on how cellists can avoid developing pain from thumb position in Ask the Experts; and violinist Jaime Laredo and cellist Sharon Robinson talks about Brahms's Double Concerto as their Sentimental Work.
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