In the workshop with luthier Noémie Viaud


Violin maker Noémie Viaud in her workshop in Denmark, filmed by Nikolaj Lund. Viaud is featured in the Strad’s February 2019 ‘My Space’ column, discussing her workshop and career to date:


Jacob Stainer: Micro-CT analysis of top-block and pins


In the April 2019 issue of The Strad, Rudolf Hopfner explains how the neck root and top-block of a Jacob Stainer violin made after 1650 gives insights into his working methods – and solves a mystery about the maker’s training in the process.

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William Watson, bow maker: 1930-2018


The Hill’s trained bow maker made a vital contribution to the trade during a long career, writes John Milnes

John Jordan

The most exotic violin woods


California-based electric violin maker John Jordan introduces us to some of his most exotic woods, ranging from the pricey Tasmanian tiger rose myrtle to the Swamp Kauri, which is dug up from bogs in New Zealand and is certified to be a minimum of 30000 years old.


Newark's collaborative making competition reveals winners


The School of Violin Making’s ‘Hope’ competition will see four violins and two guitars sold in aid of a charity providing refugees with tools to restart their trades

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Making a cello from carbon


In this video Tim Duerinck demonstrates how to make a cello from carbon by hand. The music to the video is also performed on the carbon cello. To read his article investigating the possibilities of flax, carbon, aramid and more in violin making click here.

by John Holder

The thief, his wife and the 'Huberman' Strad


The ‘Gibson, Huberman’ Stradivari now owned by Joshua Bell has a history worthy of a blockbuster thriller. Stolen twice in the 20th century, the second time it remained undiscovered for nearly 50 years despite being played in public regularly by its thief. In this article from January 1998, Carla Shapreau ...

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In focus: 1751 violin by G.B. Guadagnini


One of two by the maker owned by Adolph Brodsky, it has a good claim to being the one on which he premiered the Tchaikovsky concerto, writes Stewart Pollens


Why musicians should appeal against the ivory act


Benjamin Hebbert on the ethical tightrope of campaigning for exemptions to the Ivory Act while supporting its aim to put a stop to the slaughter of elephants

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In focus: c.1737 cello by G.F. Celoniato


From a Turinese maker with a relatively short but successful career, from which only a handful of instruments survive, comes this elegant cello. Article by Simon Morris

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Frank Peter Zimmermann talks violins


In this video, Frank Peter Zimmermann describes what it means to have a long-term relationship with your instrument, and how you know which violin is right for you.

Torleif Thedeen with 1783 Guadagnini

Rostropovich's record-breaking Guadagnini on loan to Torleif Thedéen


Norwegian musical instrument foundation bought the cello for nearly £2m from an auction of the great Russian’s collection