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    Tasmin Little plays Enescu

    Tasmin Little plays Enescu’s Violin Sonata No. 3 in A minor, Op. 25 ‘in Romanian Folk Style’ (Arr. for Orchestra by Valentin Doni) with the Orchestre De Chambre Pelléas Enescu Festival, conducted by Benjamin Levy.

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    Sentimental Work: Tasmin Little

    The Brahms Violin Concerto has been at the heart of several of the British violinist’s most memorable performances

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    Position and freedom: keeping the two in harmony

    John Crawford, teacher of violin and Alexander Technique at Trinity Laban Conservatoire explains why a position-orientated approach to string playing may not serve us well

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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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Benedetti

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The fear of making mistakes stops violinists from playing with resonance and character – Nicola Benedetti

The British violinist speaks to Peter Somerford about launching her mass education project for string players of all ages

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All for one: Nicola Benedetti

When violinist Nicola Benedetti launched her Benedetti Sessions at the beginning of this year she had no idea that the mass-participation workshops for string players and teachers would be stalled by Covid-19. Undeterred, she moved the programme online, which, as she tells Peter Somerford, was no bad thing

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Bach Cello Suites on the Double Bass: A New Register

Although learning Bach’s Cello Suites at pitch on the double bass has only relatively recently become commonplace, they are now featured on music college syllabuses around the world. Virtuoso bassist and conservatoire professor Leon Bosch explains how he introduces the works to his students

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Opinion: A light touch

Learning to play harmonics early on has many potential benefits for beginner string players, as Naomi Yandell observes