The issue includes Italian violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg on her multifaceted career, preparing for orchestral auditions, and the Kronos Quartet in pictures

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May 2014 issue

The May issue of The Strad is on sale now, in which we interview Italian violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg on her varied career – from leading her own chamber ensemble to founding her own record label.

The issue also includes: preparing for orchestral auditions by teachers and orchestral principals; celebrating 40 years of the Kronos Quartet in pictures; the best summer music festivals for string playing; the secrets of equisetum, a plant used for centuries as a burnishing tool by instrument makers; the movement-based Dalcroze method of music education; the best insurance policies to cover accidents, public liability, health and instrument damage; and the Degrees Supplement 2015: The Strad's international guide to further education for string players

In our regular sections: In Focus gives a close-up view of a 1675 bass viol by Richard MearesHubert De Launay gives his method for making a viola da gamba scroll in Trade Secrets; Dutch luthier Saskia Schouten invites us into her workshop in My Space; Peter Herresthal guides us through Thomas Adès’s Violin Concerto, ‘Concentric Paths’ in Masterclass; Simon Fischer talks reining in your physical movements in Basics; double bassist Tom Martin discusses the importance of balance and freedom in the left hand in Ask the Teacher; cellist Dane Johansen takes us through his Practice Diary; and five string pedagogues discuss playing in the second position in Ask the Experts.

Plus, we bring you news of the latest competitions, products and auctions, and comprehensive reviews of concerts, CDs and books.

In the May 2014 issue

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    Historically informed performance on modern instruments is misguided

    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

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    Double bass beginners should play in all left-hand positions

    Thomas Martin pinpoints some common technical problems for young bassists and insists that beginners shouldn't be restricted to playing in the lower positions. From the May 2014 issue

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    40 Years of the Kronos Quartet in Pictures

    It is the original American breakaway quartet, perhaps the most famous new-music group in the world, and currently celebrating four decades of boldly redefining the possibilities of the string quartet experience and repertoire. As the Kronos Quartet continues with its 40th anniversary season, its current members – founder David Harrington ...