Tom Stewart

Tom was born in Manchester and studied music at Oxford University before moving to Russia to work as an English teacher. Writing for The Strad later gave him the opportunity to pursue his interests in music and literature at the same time. He is studying for an MA in Russian language and culture. 

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    Life Lessons: David Harrington


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

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    Products August 2020: Face mask


    The coronavirus pandemic has put something of a dampener on the celebrations planned worldwide to mark 250 years since the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven. While it won’t quite live up to the thrill of listening to (or playing in) a live performance of his music, this face mask might ...

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    Products August 2020: Glue pot


    This 1fl oz pot for heat-sensitive hide glue is a replica of an 1870s model by Landers, Frary & Clark. It retains the decorative sunburst design of the original, but is made from stainless steel instead of cast iron. According to the manufacturer, water between the layers of the double-boiler ...

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    Products August 2020: Pirastro Perpetual cello strings


    New warm and weighty choices for cellists

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    Jennifer Pike: Life Lessons


    Trust your gut, stick to your guns and enjoy what you’re doing, says the British violinist

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    ‘He taught me how to stand up for what I believed in’ - Midori remembers Isaac Stern


    Midori shares her memories of her mentor Stern, in honour of the great violinist’s 100th anniversary

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    Products July 2020: Instrument protector


    Hand-stitched under what the maker calls ‘sustainable, socio-economically fair conditions’, these fabric ‘cocoons’ are designed to offer an additional protective layer inside the case and keep the instrument free from dust. They are available in various fabrics, from patterned kimono silks to vintage cotton brocade, and to fit violins and ...

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    Products July 2020: Bridge clamp


    A bass bridge’s large size and numerous edges and corners can make working on one an uncomfortable business. This tool is designed to hold the bridge in place, reducing pressure on the maker’s hands and freeing them up for tasks such as fitting the bridge feet. According to the manufacturer, ...

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    Products July 2020: BAM violin case


    A range of matching bags and instrument cases that aims to offer a unified look to image-conscious players

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    Nathan Meltzer: Life Lessons


    The up-and-coming US violinist on his early years in Austria and summertime chamber music by the sea

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    Products June 2020: Violin case


    By housing the bow in a separate case, German manufacturer Masuratini’s violin cases are designed to offer players a better chance of flying with their instrument as cabin baggage. The handmade ABS-shell cases (without bow) measure from 63 x 25 x 13cm and are available in a variety of colours. ...

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    Products June 2020: Student violin


    Yamaha’s YVN Model 3 student violin outfit is now available in 1/2 and 3/4 sizes. With a ‘press-formed’ spruce top that uses less wood than some traditional factory-made violins, the instrument is designed to offer some of the tonal warmth of a carved instrument with additional durability and a low ...

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    Products June 2020: Digital mapping system


    Bridging the gap between acoustic instruments and digital sound design

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    Products May 2020: Polycorde bow


    A shape-shifting bow designed to change what a violin can do

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    Products May 2020: Durod cello endpin


    South Korean maker Durod claim their carbon-fibre cello endpins improve the response time of the instrument and help players create a focused, rich and clear sound. They are available in lengths of 520mm and 600mm, with the option to include a hollow or solid brass core.

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    Products May 2020: Meisel Jascha Heifetz violin strings


    Described by the maker as an ‘exact copy’ of those used by Jascha Heifetz himself, these violin strings have been licensed by the Heifetz estate. The set comprises a Goldbrokat E string, uncovered gut A and D strings, and a gut G string wound in sterling silver. The strings are ...

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    Session Report: A Voyage of Discovery


    French composer Benoît Menut’s new concept album of songs and chamber works takes its listeners on a single, continuous journey across the sea. He and cellist Patrick Langot speak to Tom Stewart about the project

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    Life Lessons: Timothy Ridout


    There’s more to the instrument’s repertoire than meets the eye, says the young British viola player

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    New Products: March 2020


    Dolfinos chin and shoulder rest system; Yamaha SLB300SK Silent Bass; Bam Supreme polycarbonate violin case

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    The promise of Youth: Postcard from London


    The 2019 Highgate International Chamber Music Festival showcased a variety of repertoire performed in partnerships established especially for the event. But, says Tom Stewart, it is the festival’s commitment to educational outreach that is particularly admirable

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