The first ever Stradivari instrument to be played within an Australian orchestra
Dutch double bassist Rick Stotijn tells Pauline Harding his views on everything from his new masterclass series to the role of technology in string playing.
Alex Kanzian examines the distinguishing features of the Viennese Double Bass in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Aaron McGregor gives a potted history of Scottish Fiddle Dance Music.
Violinist Rachel Barton Pine shares with Harry White her project to record Florence Price’s Violin Concerto no.2 in this month's Session Report.
Some of today’s leading soloists tell Charlotte Gardner how musicians can develop their own sound to stand out at a time when so much playing seems to sound the same.
Andrea Zanrè shows how his ‘Baron Knoop’ violin of 1735 displays an unmistakable personality despite the influence of Stradivari and his contemporaries
In this article from 2012, Philip Kass examines how everything from manufacturing to trade in the Far East have all changed during the Queen’s reign
Having bought the violin at auction in June, the German superstar has now also created the Guarneri ’del Gesù’ Club
Peter Somerford speaks to teachers from seven violin making schools to find out the options for young aspiring luthiers
2022-08-18T09:45:00+01:00By Adam Whone
The UK’s Newark School of Violin Making celebrates its 50th anniversary in September 2022. Luthier Adam Whone, one of its very first students, recalls the learning environment he discovered, aged 16, and the three years of tuition at the school
Giacomo Fiocco explains the technical methods used to analyse a trio of 1734 Guarneris
Often called the finest bow maker of the 20th century, Eugène Sartory was a fastidious artisan whose work shows efficiency and reliability. Richard Morency examines a bow from Sartory’s middle period to reveal his working methods
The bows of François-Nicolas Voirin had more influence than those of any other bow maker after F.X. Tourte. In the first of two articles, Matt Wehling explores Voirin’s life and career, and examines why his bows were so successful with players
The inlaid instrument was a highlight of Christie’s ’Exceptional Sale’ on 7 July
2022-07-08T07:33:00+01:00By Matthew Zeller
In an article from June 2015, Matthew Zeller examines five centuries of alterations made to the world’s oldest cello, housed at the National Music Museum in Vermillion, South Dakota, and asks what they reveal about the evolution and development of the standard cello form
Made in 1677, the ‘Romanov’ Nicolò Amati viola is one of the maker’s late masterpieces. Alberto Giordano and Rudolf Hopfner investigate its turbulent history and examine how it fits into the Amati family’s oeuvre
In this extract from an article from the December 1991 issue of The Strad, Roger Hargrave discusses the ‘Charles IX’ Andrea Amati instruments with particular reference to this 1564 example from the Hill collection at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford
René Zaal details an instrument by the son of the more well-known Nicolò Amati, and the grandson of his namesake Girolamo Amati I