Violinist Alina Ibragimova graces the cover with tales of her influences, pandemic projects, and pursuits as a player-director

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ALINA IBRAGIMOVA The UK-based violinist speaks to Jessica Duchen about her myriad influences, lockdown projects and making the move to becoming a player–director

LUTHIERS SANS FRONTIÈRES For the past two decades, luthiers have been teaching their skills to people in some of the world’s poorest countries. Peter Somerford discovers their stories

THE BLIND STRING PLAYER Being visually impaired has never prevented Myra Ross from fulfilling her dream of playing the violin and viola in quartets, orchestras and chamber music groups

SHOSTAKOVICH CELLO SONATA Elizabeth Wilson sifts through the various editions of the Russian composer’s 1934 work, in an attempt to decipher the real meaning behind the piece

SESSION REPORT Baroque violinist Rachel Podger speaks to Toby Deller about her most recent project, recording some of C.P.E. Bach’s sonatas for violin and keyboard

PLATE ARCHINGS AND TONE The first of two articles in which luthier Nigel Harris presents his findings on the relationship between the plates, bass-bar, soundpost and a violin’s sound


In our regular sections:

IN FOCUS A look at an 1894 violin by the Milan-based luthier Gaetano Antoniazzi

TRADE SECRETS Erich Perrotta gives his method for restoring a bow octagon

MY SPACE Cyprus-based Michalis Pantelides

MAKING MATTERS Examining the tonal qualities and resonance of great instruments

MASTERCLASS Violist Paul Laraia discusses Glazunov’s Elegy for viola and piano op.44

TECHNIQUE Israeli violinist Itzhak Rashkovsky passes on hints on playing with sostenuto

LIFE LESSONS With cellist Catherine Hewgill

OPINION Deputising for another musician in an orchestra requires its own set of skills

POSTCARD FROM OSLO A report from the ‘Master to Master’ violin symposium

FROM THE ARCHIVE An interview with Spanish virtuoso Pablo de Sarasate, from May 1893

SENTIMENTAL WORK Violist Antoine Tamestit talks about Mozart’s Sinfonia concertante


Plus, in your May digital edition:

  • Read all about our cover star Alina Ibragimova while listening to clips from her recording of Paganini’s 24 Caprices, her long-cherished lockdown project
  • Session Report: audio snippets from Rachel Podger’s new album of violin sonatas by C.P.E. Bach, with pianist Kristian Bezuidenhout
  • View highlights from Antoine Tamestit and Isabelle Faust’s recent tour with the English Baroque Soloists, including Antoine’s Sentimental Work: Mozart’s Sinfonia concertante 
  • View all-round photos of the ‘Baltic’ Guarneri ‘del Gesù’, which made headlines in March by selling for $9.44 million at auction
  • More from the ‘Master to Master’ exhibition of fine instruments at Oslo’s National Museum
  • My Space: extra photos from the workshop of Cyprus-based lutiher Michalis Pantelides
  • Tully Potter reviews the memoir of Brodsky Quartet cellist Jacqueline Thomas, with bonus images and cuttings from her career   
  • And clips from the triumvirate of recordings adorned with the title ‘The Strad Recommends’

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Best of Technique

In The Best of Technique you’ll discover the top playing tips of the world’s leading string players and teachers. It’s packed full of exercises for students, plus examples from the standard repertoire to show you how to integrate the technique into your playing.


The Strad’s Masterclass series brings together the finest string players with some of the greatest string works ever written. Always one of our most popular sections, Masterclass has been an invaluable aid to aspiring soloists, chamber musicians and string teachers since the 1990s.


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