US violinist Anne Akiko Meyers speaks to Rita Fernandes about working with composers and commissioning new works in our December cover feature

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ANNE AKIKO MEYERS: The Californian violinist speaks to Rita Fernandes about her tireless enthusiasm for working with composers and commissioning new works

TELEMANN’S VIOL FANTAISIES ON THE VIOLA:  A collection of the composer’s pieces for bass viol was recently discovered in a German collection. Misha Galaganov explains the process of transcribing them

FILIPPO DE FILIPPI: Stefano Pio explores the circuitous route that took a 19th-century nobleman from the court of Pope Pius IX to the life of a violin maker and composer

SESSION REPORT: Japanese–Australian violist Hiyoli Togawa tells Carlos María Solare how her new album Children! combines Bach with works by modern composers

INHERITING OTHERS’ PUPILS: It can be difficult for string teachers to deal with students who started with someone else. Alun Thomas describes some of the strategies that can help

LUIGI MOZZANI: An accomplished luthier himself, the Italian musician and entrepreneur had an eventful career and set up a prestigious workshop, as Lorenzo Frignani explains

In our regular sections:

IN FOCUS: A 1909 violin by James Briggs

TRADE SECRETS: Rudolf Pilsel’s method for preparing a two-piece violin top plate

MY SPACE: Gianmaria Stelzer’s Zurich workshop

MAKING MATTERS: Geerten Verboekmoes on making a violin from sustainable local materials

MASTERCLASS: Hannah Roberts on the first movement of the Dvořák Cello Concerto

TECHNIQUE: Double bassist Yung-Chiao Wei on finding effortless ways to play

LIFE LESSONS: The memories and opinions of US violinist Philippe Quint

OPINION: Why it’s so important for string players to learn to improvise

POSTCARD FROM SWITZERLAND: Report from the 30th anniversary of the Verbier Festival

FROM THE ARCHIVE: From December 1893

SENTIMENTAL WORK: Violinist Ilya Gringolts on the Dvořák Romance in F minor

Plus, in your December 2023 digital edition:

  • View extra photos of our cover star Anne Akiko Meyers, while listening to clips from her latest recording of Arturo Márquez’s Fandango 
  • Clips from Hiyoli Togawa’s new album Children!, including Japanese lullabies and Gardella’s Wiegenlied
  • Extra photos of ‘Echoes from the Ages’, the exhibition of luthier Hans Jóhannsson’s work in Reykjavík, Iceland
  • Making Matters: bonus images of the violin made entirely from local materials by Dutch luthier Geerten Verboekmoes
  • My Space: more photos from the workshop of Gianmaria Stelzer, situated in the heart of a Swiss brewery
  • Postcard from Verbier: more from this year’s eponymous festival, featuring Mischa Maisky, Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Janine Jansen, Amihai Grosz, Joshua Bell and Daniel Hope
  • And audio clips from ‘The Strad Recommends’ recordings

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