Violinist Veronika Eberle, violist Antoine Tamestit and cellist Sol Gabetta came together for a performance of string trios at the Festival Pablo Casals de Prades on 7 August 2023. The concert, at the Abbaye Saint-Michel de Cuxa, featured three Stradivari instruments: Eberle plays the 1700 ‘Dragonetti’ violin, Tamestit the 1672 ‘Mahler’ viola, and Gabetta the 1717 ’Bonamy Dobree-Suggia’ cello. Here they perform Beethoven’s String Trio in G major op.9 no.1.

This year’s festival marks the 50th anniversary of Casals’ death on 22 October 2023. The October issue of The Strad will feature an article on Casals’ interpretation of the Bach Cello Suites, and how its contnuing influence on succeeding generations of cellists.

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.