Violinist Augustin Hadelich speaks to Ariane Todes about his upbringing, influences and performance techniques

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AUGUSTIN HADELICH The superstar violinist talks to Ariane Todes about his European upbringing, his myriad influences and his various performance techniques

LAURENCE LESSER The US cellist and pedagogue looks back on his life and career, with personal reminiscences of some of the greatest string players of the 20th century

OTTO SCHÜNEMANN Now almost forgotten, the 19th-century luthier had an idealistic vision to bring the glories of Cremona to his peers in Germany. Clifford Hall tells his story

SESSION REPORT Violinist Francesca Dego tells Peter Quantrill about the recording of her latest album, which brings together the violin concertos of Brahms and Busoni

PIERRE RODE Born 250 years ago, the French violinist is best remembered for his 24 Caprices – but there was much more to his life and music, as Charlotte Gardner discovers

DOUBLE BASS SET-UP Arnold Schnitzer presents a practical guide for luthiers and keen instrumentalists encompassing everything from the fingerboard to the soundpost and tailpiece

In our regular sections:

IN FOCUS An 1899 viola by Luigi Rovatti

TRADE SECRETS A restoration method for creating a new button on the back plate

MY SPACE Laufer & Klein of Landshut, Germany

MAKING MATTERS Wolfgang Schiele on the use of the ‘golden ratio’ in Cremonese lutherie

MASTERCLASS Curtis Stewart gives his thoughts on playing the ‘Blues’ second movement of Ravel’s Violin Sonata no.2 in G major

TECHNIQUE Violinist Jack Liebeck gives hints on how to use the lower half of the bow

LIFE LESSONS The memories and opinions of US double bassist Christopher Hanulik

OPINION Is it more challenging to play at the back of a section than at the front?

POSTCARD FROM HONG KONG A report from the eleventh edition of the Musicus Fest

FROM THE ARCHIVE From March 1914

SENTIMENTAL WORK Violinist Gidon Kremer on Raminta Šerkšnytė’s This too shall pass

 Plus, in your March 2024 digital edition

  • View the four instruments of the New Zealand String Quartet as never seen before, courtesy of photographic artist Charles Brooks, who has photographed each of their interiors to transform them into vast concert hall-like spaces
  • Examine one of the exemplary instruments of 19th-century German luthier Otto Schünemann, including close-ups and angled shots
  • Hear clips of Gidon Kremer performing Raminta Šerkšnytė’s This too shall pass, chosen by the violinist as his Sentimental Work
  • Session Report: listen to clips from Francesca Dego’s latest album of Brahms and Busoni concertos, while viewing behind-the-scenes photos from the recording sessions 
  • Postcard from Hong Kong: more images from the city’s Musicus Fest, including performances by Louis Lortie, Trey Lee and Angela Chan
  • My Space: more from the well-appointed workshop of Landshut luthiers Laufer & Klein
  • Plus audio clips from ‘The Strad Recommends’ recordings of the month

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