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    Two-fingered Tchaikovsky: Beating the odds

    2020-12-15T11:38:00Z

    Despite losing the function of the third and fourth fingers of his left hand through focal dystonia and a shoulder injury, violinist Clayton Haslop was determined to continue playing. Here he shares his story

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    Vieuxtemps cadenzas: Following the clues

    2020-11-10T07:42:00Z

    The recent discovery of another cadenza to the first movement of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, likely by Vieuxtemps, sheds an interesting light on the early performance history of the work, writes Martin Wulfhorst 

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    The Spice of Life: Teaching different styles

    2020-10-12T11:52:00Z

    Too often string teachers shy away from embracing styles outside the Western classical canon, but in doing so they’re ignoring a wealth of useful skills and techniques, not to mention repertoire, writes Julie Lyonn Lieberman

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    Ensemble Diderot: Hidden Gems

    2020-09-18T15:14:00Z

    This month Ensemble Diderot releases The Berlin Album, the latest in its ‘cities’ recording series, juxtaposing works by established 17th- and 18th-century composers alongside those of lesser-known contemporaries. Ensemble founder and violinist Johannes Pramsohler speaks to Pwyll ap Siôn about why these works deserve greater attention

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    Ida Haendel: Grande dame of the violin

    2020-08-11T15:25:00Z

    Following Ida Haendel’s death at the age of 96 in July, Tully Potter surveys the career of an exceptional performer and a remarkable woman

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    In search of perfection: finding the right bow

    2020-07-13T13:56:00Z

    Violinist and Metropolitan Opera concertmaster Benjamin Bowman has spent his entire playing career in search of ever more subtle and responsive bows. Here, he charts his journey to finding his ‘forever bow’, and advises string players on how they, too, can invest in this most important of assets

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    Writing a Cadenza: Creativity Unchained

    2020-06-16T15:19:00Z

    Cadenza writing has enjoyed a renewed surge in popularity over recent years. Pauline Harding talks to soloists, teachers and competition jurors about why the trend has been growing, and why more performers should take the plunge

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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