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  • Tomas Cotik

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    How I interpret Bach: Tomás Cotik on Classification

    Ahead of his 2020 album release of Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas, the violinist continues his blog series, in which he discusses the contradictions between the opposing trends and traditions in Bach interpretation, and his personal solutions to them

  • Ebene Quartet

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    The Ébène Quartet on turning 20

    Currently making international appearances to mark Beethoven’s 250th birthday as well as celebrating 20 years since its foundation, the Ébène Quartet is riding high now that violist Marie Chilemme has become an established member. Charlotte Gardner meets the players

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    The Strad February 2020 issue is out now

    The members of the Ébène Quartet talk about the group’s 20th anniversary, and the challenge of finding a new violist

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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Tomas Cotik

Article

How I interpret Bach: Tomás Cotik on Classification

Ahead of his 2020 album release of Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas, the violinist continues his blog series, in which he discusses the contradictions between the opposing trends and traditions in Bach interpretation, and his personal solutions to them

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Technique: A 30-minute routine to keep your playing on top form

Ideas to help violinists and violists maintain high technical and musical standards around a busy regime

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Smart learning: technology in the classroom

Advances in technology over the past few years have led to an explosion in apps and online platforms designed to aid instrumental teaching and practice. Peter Somerford looks at some of the most useful – but cautions that such tools should never be used to substitute rhythmic and aural skills

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7 ways to become a more confident instrumental teacher

In their 2012 book 'From the Stage to the Studio', Cornelia Watkins and Laurie Scott give practical advice to help young musicians become more confident in teaching