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Jan Vogler

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Masterclass: Jan Vogler on Schumann's Fantasiestücke

Cellist Jan Vogler discusses how to colour these fantasy pieces using a mixture of technique and imagination

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Masterclass: Beethoven’s Cello Sonata no.4

Cellist Lynn Harrell considers challenges and contemporary concepts in the first movement of a sonata conceived entirely in the imagination of a deaf composer

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When young violinist Leia Zhu met the great Ida Haendel

In this video, made by young violinist siblings Leia and Leo Zhu during lockdown, Leia pays homage to the great violinist Ida Haendel, who died on 1 July 2020 at the age of 96. Also shared is footage of Leia’s meeting with Haendel in February 2018 (from 3.30). The video ...

LeonBoschMasterclass

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Opinion: Wise words

Masterclasses should be special forums in which great artists impart the insight and knowledge they have acquired over a lifetime, writes double bassist Leon Bosch

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Technique: Artificial harmonics

How to use this less-common technique to improve harmonics, hand frame, intonation and bow control

Tom roberts violin lesson

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Sightreading is a skill that should be taught early

A student’s earliest engagement with note reading is the right time to introduce sightreading, argues Naomi Yandell