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Masterclass: Jian Wang on Brahms's Cello Sonata No.2 in F Major, second and third movements

The Chinese cellist gives advice on how to play the middle movements of this colourful, passionate work, and calls on cellists’ capacity to play cantabile

French violinist Philippe Graffin photographed by Marije Van Den Berg

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Masterclass: Philippe Graffin on Ravel’s Violin Sonata no.2

The French violinist explores how to create an orchestra of abstract colours and characters in the first movement of Ravel’s last chamber work

Steven Tenenbom

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Masterclass: Steven Tenenbom, Schumann Märchenbilder

The American viola soloist, chamber musician, and teacher explores how to find your own sense of character and flow in the first two contrasting pieces

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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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Shuttleworth

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6 pieces of advice for music teachers by cellist Anna Shuttleworth

The former Royal College of Music and Leeds University pedagogue explains why it's important to encourage students to relax

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Great teachers on film: Ivan Galamian

The great pedagogue takes a young Joshua Bell through his paces

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Ask the Experts: how to encourage students to trust their ears

A reader asks what can be done to help young students who rely on learning finger placement rather than trusting their ears. Three teachers give their views

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