Luthier Carlos Arcieri is seen in his workshop in this short film by Emilio Seri made in 2018.
The South Netherlands Philharmonic is an ambitious and flexible symphony orchestra famous for its quality and enthusiasm.
There is no short cut to fine playing; only logical, intelligent and concentrated practice will yield results, writes the American violin virtuoso
American pedagogue Mimi Zweig explains how she engages new pupils
Spending 43 years in the rank and file of the orchestra, Epstein collected a treasure trove of stories and photographs
Strad readers submit their problems and queries about string playing, teaching or making to a panel of experts
As Nazrin Rashidova continues her recorded exploration of Sauret’s Études-Caprices played on his own Stradivari, she contemplates an unusual technical challenge
Historically informed performance is all well and good, argues Julian Haylock, but continuing to play on modern instruments just results in the worst of both worlds
Katya Tsukanova, 17, a former pupil of Zakhar Bron, died after a party in her parents’ home in Kensington
Guidance from The Strad’s archive from how to incorporate memorisation into your practice, what the benefits might be – and when not to bother
The Library of Congress has backed out of an agreement to house the collection of 263 instruments after failing to raise the necessary funds
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
Russian violinist and teacher Pavel Berman talks to iClassical Academy’s Irma de Jong during Stradfest 2019 at the Royal Institution in London on 24 March 2019.
Boasting one of the longest playing careers in history, Rosand was a committed teacher and one of the last living connections to the golden age of violinists
Recent finalist at Tchaikovsky Competition wins €5,000 young artist recognition from German cultural foundation
2014 marked the 100th anniversary of the exhibition of British artist Edgar Bundy’s portrait of Stradivarius at work in his studio at London’s Royal Academy of Arts. Although there is some doubt as to the authenticity of the 1893 painting – as no definitive record of the luthier’s appearance exists ...
Filmed live in Berlin at Deutsche Grammophon’s Yello Lounge in January 2018.
The Russian violin-maker Dmitry Badiarov (based in the Netherlands) developed his love for carving wood after deciding to build his first sailing ship, aged 5.
Seminal 20th-century cello work veiled in Indian classical style
Malcolm Lowe took up first seat in this weekend’s concerts, having taken a year’s extended leave
Toby Deller argues that the title character of Harold en Italie is a social outsider whose isolation is a metaphor for the viola’s struggle for acceptance throughout musical history
Roger Hargrave argues that buyers should insist that dealers provide full condition reports
Edward Walton takes first prize at Il Piccolo Violino Magico, with 11-year-old Slovak prodigy Teo Gertler coming in second
Advice on how to produce effective dynamic contrasts from 120 years of The Strad
In this extract from the July 2019 issue, the violist describes at first struggling to get on with this magnificent and unusual instrument
The competition-winning performance of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto by Joshua Brown in the finals of the Leopold Mozart Competition Augsburg.
The violinist and violist boils down a career’s worth of experience as soloist, chamber musician and teacher
New York Philharmonic concertmaster Frank Huang plays his own arrangement of the United States national anthem before a November 2018 game between the Brooklyn Nets and the Houston Rockets at the Brooklyn Barclays Center
An excerpt from the film Gidon Kremer - Man of Many Musics by documentary maker Christopher Nupen.
Five teachers and health specialists respond to a reader's query on how best to teach a double jointed student.
Live stream from the first round (second day) at Il Piccolo Violino Magico competition in San Vito al Tagliamento, Italy.
Two cellists separately affected by a booking glitch which left them stranded suggest the issue could be more widespread
Daniel Harding gave his final performances as Music Director of the Orchestre de Paris on 19 and 20 June, in a programme that included Janine Jansen performing Brahms’s Violin Concerto. Here she is in rehearsal.
20,000 bees have been encouraged to make a hive inside a cello in order to create a musical soundscape
Charismatic performances capture the folky melancholy of these piano trios
For the American cellist, Brahms’s op.99 Sonata in F major is the alpha and omega of cello playing, allowing for every possible feeling and a vast array of interpretations
In this video Nicola Benedetti and presenter Lucy Drever give an interactive concert inspired by landscapes, stories and people from across the UK. The programme includes music by Massenet, Bach and Ravel.
An American study, involving more than 112,000 student records, shows that music education improves performance in maths, science and English
The British cellist recalls her time studying with Heinrich Schiff in Vienna, and the authors and recordings that still inspire her today
A look back to 1996, when a 16-year-old Hilary Hahn performed Sibelius’s Violin Concerto with conductor Lorin Maazel and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra.
The Canadian violinist Shannon Lee has been awarded 2nd prize
The shape-shifting Cello Suites sound stunning on the violin
The concertmaster of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra shares his insights into the art of practising the violin
Sergey Dogadin and Zlatomir Fung take the violin and cello crowns in Moscow and St Petersburg
The Tchaikovsky Competition has suspended a member of staff after the programme mix-up which left competitor bewildered
French violist Antoine Tamestit releases not one but two albums of Bach arrangements in 2019: the viola da gamba sonatas and the Goldberg Variations for string trio. He reveals his innovatory and thoughtful approach to these challenging works in conversation with Carlos María Solare
French violist Antoine Tamestit on performing Bach arrangements, plus a focus on his instrument, one of the world’s few remaining Stradivari violas
A trio of Baroque bow makers give their thoughts on what to look for when making the leap into historically informed playing
The cellist receives $20,000 and 2 years of booking engagements
The Canadian violinist Shannon Lee is one of six musicians who will be competing in the final round of the Sendai International Violin Competition. Here she is in the semi-finals last Saturday, performing both as soloist and as concertmaster.
According to the chart, six US concertmasters earn more than half a millon dollars
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Franz Klanner, director of engineering and technology at Thomastik-Infeld, shares his knowledge about rosin and the importance of choosing the right one for your strings
In this video, the micro-artist Mattewada Ajay Kumar, who hails from Warangal, a city in the south Indian state of Telangana, plays his micro-violin: a tiny functional violin, weighing 0.74 mg and all of 2 cm long, sculpted from gold. The instrument, which comes complete with four metal strings and ...
The luthier shares his experience of living and working in Scorraig, a remote peninsula in the north-west Scottish highlands, recently featured in the news
Soulful Bach from one of the composer’s most thoughtful interpreters
The British violinist and pedagogue’s book is now available at The Strad Shop
Britten’s own viola takes centre stage in the composer’s quartets
Six finalists will compete for the gold medal, carrying a cash prize of JPY 3,000,000
Six cellists and six violinists proceed to the round of the competition, held in Moscow and Saint Petersburg
Earlier this year, Antoine Gourdon put together a team of four luthiers to make a small viola in three days during the Viola 2019 conference in Paris. Here he introduces the project, shares photos and more
In this video, Pavel Šporcl performs Mendelssohn’s E minor Violin Concerto with the English Symphony Orchestra conducted by Kenneth Woods in concert at Cadogan Hall, London, on 9 June this year.
Twelve musicians in each category will give hour-long recitals before six are chosen for the concerto finals
Brett and Eddy of TwoSet Violin join Nippon Violin CEO Sota Nakazawa to compare a $2,000 bow against examples by Peccatte and Tourte estimated to be worth in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.
The Japanese competition offers a $27,000 first prize plus a package of concerts and other benefits
Three violinists chosen from video submissions will travel to Los Angeles for a chance to perform with Ray Chen at the Hollywood Bowl
Cellist Zoë Martlew suffers what she describes as a ‘major bow dysfuntion’ about a minute into Juliana Hodkinson’s ‘amazing noise piece’ Scrape, for cello with metal plate, playback track and sound diffusion at the Dark Music Days festival in Reykjavik, Iceland.
In this video, violinist Charlie Siem talks us through the experience of recording his first composition, ‘Canopy’, which was featured on his Sony Classics album ‘In The Stars.’
Over-the-top or a sensible precaution? This rigorous approach to tying down cellos is dividing opinion
A Welsh composer’s lesser-known music has a chance to shine
Ten violins that fly in the face of conformity
In this video from 1997, the 30th anniversary of her international debut, Kyung Wha Chung plays Schumann’s Violin Sonata No 2
Gold Medals went to the Merz Trio in the Senior String Division and the Fervida Trio in the Junio String Division
Editor Charlotte Smith welcomes you to the June 2019 issue
Brian Paul Benning - Artist-in-Residence at the 65-year-old family-run business Benning Violins in Los Angeles, California - plays a Viola d’amore crafted by violinmaker Eric Benning in 1997.
The 90-year-old Dutch conductor will make his last podium appearance in September
This year’s Carl Nielsen International Violin Competition, which took place in March, succeeded not only as a joyous celebration of the composer’s music, but in bringing together exciting young players set to make their mark on the world stage, writes Charlotte Smith
Debut recording of a new concerto played by its dedicatee
In another life, violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja might have been an actor, as demonstrated by this trailer for a film version of ‘Ursonate’, a sound poem by the early 20th-century German artist Karl Schwitters, in which Kopatchinskaja puts her acting talents to serious test.
The Marmen and Simply Quartets will each receive a three-year international tour
French jazz bassist Olivier Babaz has been experimenting with playing kalimba along with his double bass - here he combines two kalimbas, otherwise known as mbiras or thumb pianos, for an impressionistic arrangement of the Cole Porter standard ‘Night and Day’
Fresh, supple and fantastic renditions of Schumann’s serene trios
Tully Potter reviews Maria Matalaev’s biography of the Borodin Quartet cellist
Violinist and legendary film composer team up for virtuoso violin versions of movie themes from Star Wars to Harry Potter
Extensive varnish damage suffered by instrument which bassist Michael Gaisbacher had received on trial less just a few days earlier
Whether as a mark of distinction or genius, the trend is embodied by Eugène Ysaÿe, according to The Strad's June 1897 issue
Mesmerising performances of cello works for the 21st century
As ebony and rosewood become endangered, the likes of spruce, maple and boxwood are being scientifically modified to offer luthiers alternatives. Tom Stewart explores the brave new world of sustainable fittings
In a break from practice, Ray Chen sets himself a challenge to play as if his E string has just broken while admitting that it is not something you can defend against or even practise for – and therefore not worth worrying about either
As artists grow older they hear more in the music, says Orion Quartet violist Steven Tenenbom, who urges younger musicians to learn as much as they can from their mentors – and delve deeper into the music themselves
The violinist praises Swedish role models, from the stories of Pippi Longstocking to environmental campaigner Greta Thunberg
‘World music’ violin concertos receive fiery, thrilling performances
The violinist, who played in the world premiere of Shostakovich’s Symphony No 13, was 85
Stoutzker is best known for Live Music Now, the musical charitable initiative he created with Yehudi Menuhin in 1977
On Sunday 9th June, Dartmouth College awarded the cellist Yo-Yo Ma an honorary doctor of arts degree at its 2019 commencement. Here he is, immediately afterwards, delivering the main address and playing the cello to 11,000 attendees.
This week, ‘With Nicky’ becomes ‘Ask Nicky’ as Nicola Benedetti answers some of your questions. The violinist says: ’After recording this, however, we realised I never actually answered the most asked question! ”What is your shoulder rest?” The super duper attentive amongst you may have noticed a change over ...
The 11-year-old Slovak violin prodigy Teo Gertler plays Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto
After a schools-only performance in Birmingham from Sheku and Isata Kanneh-Mason, pupils talk about their impressions of the two musicians.
The South Korean violinist receives NZ$40,000, a recording contract, a tour across New Zealand and Australia and a professional development programme