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Coming to US audiences in October is Aleksey Igudesman’s show The Music Critic, which, with a cast of musicians and the actor John Malkovich, combines classical music, comedy and theatre to focus on ‘the most horrible reviews of the most beautiful music ever written.’

Aleksey spoke to online editor Davina recently about the ideas behind the show, what we can learn from reviews and critics, as well as how to deal with a bad review. 

Schumann Piano Quartet - Andante cantabile

Dvorak Piano Quintet - Scherzo

Violins: Aleksey Igudesman, So-ock Kim

Viola: Max Baillie

Cello: Tanja Tetzlaff

Piano: Hyung-ki Joo

Best of Technique

In The Best of Technique you’ll discover the top playing tips of the world’s leading string players and teachers. It’s packed full of exercises for students, plus examples from the standard repertoire to show you how to integrate the technique into your playing.


The Strad’s Masterclass series brings together the finest string players with some of the greatest string works ever written. Always one of our most popular sections, Masterclass has been an invaluable aid to aspiring soloists, chamber musicians and string teachers since the 1990s.


This year’s calendar celebrates the top instruments played by members of the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony, Australian String Quartet and some of the country’s greatest soloists.