British violinist takes up new role after retiring from concert performance
Yehudi Menuhin’s extraordinarily multifaceted life and career more than surpassed the traditional role of the solo concert violinist. Here friends, family and colleagues who knew him, studied with him and worked alongside him describe their association with and memories of the great man
He is the reigning king of the violin, whose contribution to his art has been recognised by US presidents and British royalty. Now entering his eighth decade, what can there possibly be left for Itzhak Perlman to learn? Plenty, he tells Charlotte Smith
A knowledge of French Baroque dance can open up new ways of approaching and performing Bach’s Cello Suites, argues cellist Ulrich Heinen. In this practical guide, he highlights the many steps and gestures evoked in the works.
Practical tips to help you master the challenges of this most fundamental of repertoire
Dorothy DeLay brought compassion, humour and rigorous practice to her lessons during five decades that saw her teach two generations of string players. One hundred years after DeLay was born, Laurie Niles talks to Itzhak Perlman and other former students and assistants about her singular teaching style
An illustration of a viola of the Gofriller School published in The Strad, February 1962
Violinist Piet Koornhof witnessed Dorothy DeLay's extraordinary teaching skills as one of her students at the Juilliard School in New York. In 2001 he analysed what made her method so successful
How to inspire very young musicians to learn new cello playing skills
2019-11-13T14:23:00+00:00By Pauline Harding
ln the first of two articles, Leila Josefowicz explores ideas of feverishness, hallucination, death and resurrection in the second movement of a great 20th-century concerto
As the founder of Music in Vision, Kathleen Ross has built a business from supplying professional musicians for on-camera roles. Introducing instrumentalists to the world of film and TV can be challenging, but, she writes, ensuring that musicians in background parts are convincingly portrayed is well worth the effort
The American musician explains how he developed a supple and varied bow arm motion, guided by his ear and musical instinct
The Royal Danish Orchestra has been adding to its collection of fine stringed instruments for centuries – but there is revolution as well as evolution behind its distinctive string sound, which is unmistakable whatever the repertoire and whoever the conductor, finds Andrew Mellor
Rebecca Clarke’s 1923 Rhapsody for cello and piano was never publicly performed during the composer’s lifetime, and has only recently received proper attention in the hands of champions of British music Raphael Wallfisch and John York - who makes the case for the forgotten masterpiece as its score is finally ...
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Émile Auguste Ouchard, as well as the 40th of his son Bernard – both regarded as among the 20th century’s finest bow makers. Thomas Martin, Andrew McGill, Martin Lawrence and George Martin examine the legacy of the Ouchard dynasty, particularly ...
Music director Manfred Honeck has brought a distinctly European flavour to the Pittsburgh Symphony. Gavin Dixon spoke to him at his summer festival in Wolfegg, Germany, as he prepared to embark on a tour of Europe with his Pittsburgh forces – and discovered how his time as a violist in ...
For some players, only the viola sound will do. But to bring out its full power, the New York Philharmonic violist sought help from a number of teachers, writes Ariane Todes
This illustration of the ‘General Kyd’ Stradivarius was published in The Strad, January 1962. The following text is extracted from the article accompanying the photographs
The London-based instrumentalist was helped by physiotherapy and Pilates
Four teachers give their thoughts on helping an errant seven-year-old focus on her lessons
This illustration of a violin by J.B. Vuillaume was published in The Strad, February 1974. The following text is extracted from the article accompanying the photographs
This illustration of a violin by Giuseppe Guarneri 'filius Andreae' was published in The Strad, April 1973. The following text is extracted from the article accompanying the photographs
Chinese violinist Ming Liu, 24, has won China’s Harbin International Music Competition. She receives $50,000. Liu studied at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music with Vera Tsu Weiling. Second prize went to Sinying Chan, 22, from Hong Kong, and third prize to Haram Kim, 21, from South Korea.