January 2024

January 2024 Cover

January 2024 Magazine

January 2024 Cover

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Session Report: Cellist Laura van der Heijden and Jâms Coleman on recording ‘Path to the Moon’

Cellist Laura van der Heijden and pianist Jâms Coleman speak to Tom Stewart about the imaginative programming behind their new album Path to the Moon – their second recording together as a duo – which features an eclectic selection of lunar-inspired repertoire

Maud Powell and Sibelius: how the violinist championed the composer's Violin Concerto

Violin virtuoso Maud Powell was the first American performer to recognise and champion the genius of Sibelius’s epic Violin Concerto in D minor, in spite of the initial scepticism of some US critics. Karen A. Shaffer reveals the mutual respect and friendship that made it possible

All-female string quartets of the 19th and 20th centuries

In spite of historic discrimination against women having careers as professional musicians during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, many first-class all-female string quartets flourished at the time. In the first of two articles, Tully Potter provides a survey of some of these pioneering groups

Cellist Zlatomir Fung: ‘Our mission is to get that one-to-one connection’

With a string of competition wins to his name and debuts with major orchestras in 2024, Zlatomir Fung is a young cellist to watch. Amanda Holloway speaks to him about what inspires him and keeps him grounded

Analysing the ‘Boissier, Sarasate’: Stradivari à la mode

George Stoppani presents the results of an investigation into the acoustics of the ‘Boissier, Sarasate’, focusing primarily on the ‘signature modes’

Stradivari 1713 ‘Boissier, Sarasate’ Violin: Sarasate’s Red Violin

One of the most admired instruments ever made by Antonio Stradivari, the ‘Boissier, Sarasate’ is in an excellent state of preservation. Roberto Jardón Rico examines the violin and its best-known owner, the Spanish virtuoso Pablo Sarasate

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Violinist Augustin Hadelich: ‘Just let the music speak’

The virtuoso violinist Augustin Hadelich defies categorisation; he is the product of several cultures that he draws on to produce a sound that is distinctly his own. He talks to Ariane Todes about his influences and how he developed his unique musicianship


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Laurence Lesser: the making of a cellist

Having recently celebrated his 85th birthday, cellist and pedagogue Laurence Lesser looks back on his formative influences and recalls some of the iconic 20th-century musicians he worked with



Double bass set-up: not a giant violin

The size and shape of the double bass mean its set-up differs greatly from the other bowed stringed instruments. Bass maker Arnold E. Schnitzer presents a comprehensive guide, designed for both luthiers and practically minded bassists


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