Our September 2023 cover star speaks about the 1708 ‘Strauss’ Stradivari violin, on loan from the Samsung Foundation of Culture, Korea

Stradivari, Antonio  1708

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‘I’ve been playing the Cremonese ‘Strauss’ Stradivari of 1708, on loan from the Samsung Foundation of Culture, Korea, since January so we’re still getting to know each other! A luthier once told me that whatever it is that you’re trying to do physically, whether it be left-hand or right-hand technique, a great violin is like an amplifier for all of those nuances and details. I didn’t really understand that fully until I started playing the Strad.

’The slightest little deviation in the left-hand frame or the angle of the bow, the angle of the fingers of the left hand when you put them down, can have the biggest effect on the sound. It’s very comforting and inspiring to know just how many possibilities exist in an instrument of this calibre. 

‘I’ve been searching for a great bow for about a year now and I think I’ve tried just about every 19th-century French bow maker, but I’m still trying to find the right fit.’

This is an excerpt from our September 2023 feature ‘All it takes is one’ - Violinist Randall Goosby. Click here to read the full article.

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