British violinist Daniel Pioro speaks about his eclectic repertoire choices and following his own path

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DANIEL PIORO The British violinist has developed a reputation for his eclectic repertoire choices. He tells Tom Stewart about his upcoming performance of Biber’s Mystery Sonatas

EARLY RUSSIAN BOW Gennady Filimonov reveals compelling evidence showing that Russia’s first known bow maker is the ivory carver Osip Dudin, who lived 60 years before Nikolai Kittel

REPETITIVE PRACTICE All players must practise the same things over and over, but how do they make the best use of their time? Pedro de Alcantara gives some ideas to maximise the benefit

SESSION REPORT US violinist and serial competition winner Maria Ioudenitch tells Rita Fernandes about her debut recording Songbird, consisting of arrangements of favourite songs

CREMONESE ARCHINGS Gareth Ballard presents his detailed method of working out the archings of an old Italian instrument, based on the principles of catenary curves

COMPETITIONS Agents, judges and industry leaders talk to Charlotte Gardner about the best strategies players can use to get the most from their time competing in events


In our regular sections:

IN FOCUS A c.1920 double bass by Cesare Candi

TRADE SECRETS Making a soundpost jig

MY SPACE James Hanson of the Beautiful Music Violin Shop in Lawrence, Kansas, US

MAKING MATTERS Setting up an Oberlin-style workshop for luthiers in the Berlin area

MASTERCLASS First of two articles in which Belcea Quartet violist Krzysztof Chorzelski discusses Beethoven’s Grosse Fuge op.133

TECHNIQUE Violinist Andrea Gajic gives hints and tips on practising scales and arpeggios

LIFE LESSONS With cellist Matt Haimovitz

OPINION Why luthiers should be less beholden to the figure of Antonio Stradivari

POSTCARD FROM CATALONIA Report from the second Bienal de Cuartetos de Barcelona

FROM THE ARCHIVE An interview with violinist Adolph Brodsky from January 1913

SENTIMENTAL WORK Mario Brunello recalls performing Bach on the violoncello piccolo

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Plus, in your January digital edition:

  • Listen to clips from Daniel Pioro’s latest recording Saint Boy, while reading what the uncompromising artist has to say about them
  • Ex-luthier and sculptor Cornel Schneider gives us a tour of his 1:18 scale model of a luthier’s workshop, with extra photos from all angles
  • More from Barcelona’s String Quartet Biennele, with exclusive photos of the Aris, Belcea and Quiroga quartets
  • Belcea Quartet violist Krzysztof Chorzelski gives a Masterclass on Beethoven’s Grosse Fuge, with audio clips from the group’s recording of the piece
  • My Space: extra photos of luthier James Hanson’s Beautiful Music Violin Shop in Lawrence, Kansas, US
  • Making Matters: more images from the first two years of Ian McWilliams’s Oberlin-style summer workshop in Brandenburg an der Havel, near Berlin
  • Plus clips from the three recordings with this month’s coveted designation ‘The Strad Recommends’

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