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In the May 2023 issue, Alina Ibragimova explains how Paganini’s 24 Caprices became her lockdown project at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020: ‘I decided to practise all of them every day,’ she says. ‘I’d always admired people who played them, and wondered if I had the technique and stamina to play them through. I didn’t want to slump and I wanted to make sure that I got up every morning, so I set an alarm clock and practised like crazy. It was going quite well, so I called Hyperion and asked if I could record them.’ 

Watch Alina practising the Caprices and talking about them in this video from Hyperion.  

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.