Young American violinist Randall Goosby shares his passion to inspire the next generation of musicians

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RANDALL GOOSBY The American violinist tells Amanda Holloway about his latest recordings and tours, and his relentless passion for bringing classical music to young people

ADULT LEARNERS ON THE CELLO It can be helpful for grown-up beginners to start working on the classics of the repertoire rather than children’s exercises, argues cello tutor Billy Tobenkin

TRAINING AN APPRENTICE Sarah Kluge reveals her twelve principles for establishing a new starter on the path to being a professional luthier, and the tasks to set them at each step of the way

CONSERVATOIRE MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT Teachers, counsellors and music school administrators speak to Rita Fernandes about their institutions’ strategies for looking after students’ mental health

ZOSIMO BERGONZI The most mysterious member of the illustrious lutherie family has now had more than 30 instruments attributed to him. Michel Samson tells his story

SESSION REPORT Hilary Hahn talks to Charlotte Gardner about her latest recording featuring Ysaÿe’s Six Sonatas for Solo Violin, a hundred years since their composition

DEALING WITH A BUZZ Why does an instrument start buzzing? Dmitry Tarakanov presents a checklist for luthiers detailing more than 20 things to watch out for, and how to rectify them

In our regular sections:

IN FOCUS Examining a 1925 violin by the Milanese luthier Ferdinando Garimberti

TRADE SECRETS Making an ebony crown

MY SPACE Essen luthier Florian Bartsch

MAKING MATTERS David Folland discusses his experience of making a five-string cello

MASTERCLASS Signum Quartet violist Xandi van Dijk on playing the first movement of Schubert’s String Quartet no.15 D887

TECHNIQUE Teaching bow landings

LIFE LESSONS With Ronald Copes, long-standing violinist of the Juilliard Quartet

OPINION The art of playing softly

POSTCARD FROM JAPAN The 2023 Osaka International Chamber Music Competition

POSTCARD FROM THAILAND Report from the International Viola Congress in Salaya

FROM THE ARCHIVE From September 1903

SENTIMENTAL WORK Eldbjørg Hemsing talks about her love for Bruch’s Violin Concerto no.1

Plus, in your September digital edition:

  • Masterclass: Read Signum Quartet violist Xandi van Dijk’s tips on playing Schubert’s String Quartet D887, along with audio clips from the quartet’s recent recording of the piece
  • More from the Newark School of Violin Making’s study day at Lincoln Cathedral, as part of the ‘Byrd x 400’ festival
  • More from the International Viola Congress in Bangkok, Thailand, from jazz improvisation to Thai pop
  • View photos of Hilary Hahn while reading her thoughts on recording Ysaÿe’s Six Solo Violin Sonatas for Deutsche Grammophon
  • In Focus: more images of this month’s featured instrument, a 1925 violin by Ferdinando Garimberti
  • Making Matters: David Folland reports on his experience making a five-string cello; view all-round photos of the finished instrument
  • Extra pictures of the winners of the Osaka International Chamber Music Competition and Festa
  • Plus clips from the triumvirate of recordings blessed 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.


This year’s calendar celebrates the top instruments played by members of the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony, Australian String Quartet and some of the country’s greatest soloists.