Japanese-American violinist Midori speaks about performing contemporary music, recording Beethoven and dedicating herself to social causes

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MIDORI: Toby Deller talks to the Japanese–American violinist about her passion for modern works, her teaching methods and undertaking a psychology degree

ENSEMBLE DIDEROT: The French group has released albums of music from Dresden, Paris, London, and now Berlin. Its founder Johannes Pramsohler explains why to Pwyll ap Siôn

LUTHERIE AND COVID-19: Violin makers have been hit hard by the 2020 pandemic – nowhere more so than in Italy. Peter Somerford reports on efforts to help the country’s luthiers

SESSION REPORT: US violinist Tessa Lark tells Charlotte Gardner about the recording of her innovative ‘Stradgrass’ album, part of which was put together in her home

THE LATE GEORGIAN VIOLA IN BRITAIN: Kevin MacDonald examines the work of some of 19th-century Britain’s best-known makers, from Benjamin Banks to William Forster and Matthew Hardie

CREMONESE VIOLIN ARCHINGS: Andrew Dipper attempts to solve the mystery of how the old Italian makers worked out their archings, with the aid of evidence from 18th-century manuals

In our regular sections:

In the issue’s Masterclass cellist Angela East discusses the first movement of Haydn’s C major Cello Sonata; in Technique German violinist Viviane Hagner talks about playing artifical harmonics; Moldovan violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja offers her unique perspective in Life Lessons; plus in Sentimental Work cellist Anssi Karttunen explains the importance of Magnus Lindberg’s Cello Concerto no.2 to him. 

We inspect a violin from 1909 by Erik Lindholm in In Focus; in Trade Secrets Peter Bingen shares his method of ‘organic’ scroll carving; My Space looks behind the scenes in the workshop of Swedish luthier Birger Fredricson; and in Making Matters Ulrike Dederer examines how varnish can affect a violin’s acoustic properties.

We also bring you news of the latest products and auctions, plus our regular analysis and opinion columns, and comprehensive reviews of concerts, CDs and books. Simply go to the current issue to explore the full content listing. 

Plus, in your digital edition

  • View more from this issue’s My Space workshop, courtesy of veteran Swedish luthier Birger Fredericson
  • Carlos Maria Solare attends Germany’s Hitzacker Festival, with extra photos of some of the stars involved
  • More from Tessa Lark’s ’Stradgrass’ CD, with photos from the recording session 
  • And of course, clips from the three recordings honoured with the title ’The Strad Recommends’ 

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