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