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    Working with Conductors: Natural Balance

    2020-05-20T09:41:00Z

    When playing a concerto, the string soloist is rarely fully in charge – and working with opinionated conductors means that sometimes disagreements will occur. Charlotte Gardner speaks to three top performers and a conductor to find out how to strike the right balance

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    Sentimental Work: Maxim Vengerov

    2020-05-04T13:33:00Z

    The First Violin Concerto by Shostakovich brings back memories of the Russian violinist’s first meeting with Mstislav Rostropovich – an encounter that blossomed into firm friendship

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    Career in Bloom: Tabea Zimmermann

    2020-04-19T16:44:00Z

    For Tabea Zimmermann, 2020 represents a new flowering in her musical life. Amanda Holloway speaks to the German violist about directing her final Beethoven-Woche, her new recording projects, expanding the viola repertoire and imparting her wisdom to the next generation

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    Sentimental Work: Anne-Sophie Mutter on Penderecki’s Metamorphosen

    2020-03-30T10:40:00Z

    Interviewed for The Strad August 2018, Anne-Sophie Mutter discusses Penderecki’s Second Violin Concerto, a work that harbours undiscovered secrets

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    Sentimental Work: Julia Fischer

    2020-03-17T23:35:00Z

    Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins BWV1043 has been one of the German violinist’s constant companions – and is still a rich learning experience with each performance

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    Frankfurt Musikmesse postponed over coronavirus concerns

    2020-03-04T09:48:00Z

    Prolight + Sound has been rescheduled to late May, while new dates for music trade fair are unconfirmed

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    Sentimental Work: Leonidas Kavakos

    2020-02-25T13:21:00Z

    For the Greek violinist, Beethoven’s Violin Concerto stands apart from the rest of the repertoire – and requires a very special method of interpretation

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    Session Report: Violinist Johan Dalene makes his recording debut

    2020-02-05T09:50:00Z

    For his debut album as an exclusive BIS artist, Johan Dalene – teenage winner of last year’s Carl Nielsen International Competition – has not shied away from ambitious and much-loved repertoire. He and producer Jens U. Braun recall the recording process 

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    Sentimental Work: Jean-Luc Ponty

    2020-02-04T13:30:00Z

    The French jazz violinist–composer has recorded his 1976 piece ‘Renaissance’ three times – but it’s the original version that remains close to his heart

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    Life Lessons: Christian Poltéra

    2020-01-24T14:00:00Z

    Having the space to breathe is important in more ways than one, says the Swiss cellist

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    Sentimental Work: Sheku Kanneh-Mason

    2020-01-15T15:35:00Z

    For the British cellist, Elgar’s Cello Concerto brings back a wealth of memories from his earliest years studying the instrument – and of trying to play like Jacqueline du Pré

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    Life Lessons: David Harrington

    2020-01-07T12:00:00Z

    The American violinist recalls the path that led him to found the genre-defying Kronos Quartet 

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    Life Lessons: Laura van der Heijden

    2019-11-29T11:17:00Z

    Seven years after winning the BBC Young Musician competition, the British cellist discusses how different forms of music making inspire her

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    Sentimental Work: Linus Roth

    2019-11-22T10:12:00Z

    Weinberg’s Violin Concerto is a work of passionate intensity, as the German violinist found – even though he hadn’t encountered the composer until eight years ago  

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    Lighting up the sky: Premiere of the Month

    2019-10-29T15:35:00Z

    An aerial journey for double bass and strings

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    Sentimental Work: Alisa Weilerstein on Mozart’s Don Giovanni

    2019-10-18T09:50:00Z

    The climactic scene between Don Giovanni and the Commendatore was the American cellist’s bedtime listening for years – and has stayed with her for even longer

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    Double firsts: Postcards from Moscow and St Petersburg

    2019-09-17T15:56:00Z

    At this year’s quadrennial International Tchaikovsky Competition, the judges awarded the $30,000 first prize in both the violin and cello categories. Tim Homfray attended the violin section in Moscow, while Andrew Mellor visited St Petersburg to hear the cellists – and both were impressed by what they saw ...

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    A teacher for all

    2019-09-11T16:15:00Z

    Kató Havas, the celebrated and much-loved Hungarian violinist and pedagogue, died on 31 December 2018 aged 98. Five former colleagues and students remember her important and generous influence on their own playing and teaching

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    Leonidas Kavakos: Social Harmony

    2019-07-30T13:00:00Z

    Violinist Leonidas Kavakos this year presented his eighth Musical Horizons Conservatory masterclass series. Toby Deller attended the three-day event in Athens, during which Kavakos proved himself to be not only an intelligent and dedicated teacher, but also an advocate of social cohesion and personal responsibility through music

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    Power of two

    2019-06-01T12:01:00Z

    In early May, violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja and cellist Sol Gabetta premiered Akin , a new double concerto written for them by Michel van der Aa. Pwyll ap Siôn attended this performance, in Cologne, Germany, and spoke to composer and soloists about bringing the work to the stage