Upon the discovery of an unknown solo Sonata by Ysaÿe, adding to his famous six, this documentary follows violinist Philippe Graffin as he searches for traces of Ysaÿe around the world. Released in February 2020, this film was made with the contribution of the commune of Knokke-Heist, The Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel, les Amis du Zoute, and with the help of Graffin’s students.

This video is referenced in our February 2024 feature on Ysaÿe’s Poème Concertant, a work for violin and orchestra that had lain undiscovered for more than a century. Graffin uncovers the history and inspiration behind the work, which he has recently recorded.

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.


American collector David L. Fulton amassed one of the 20th century’s finest collections of stringed instruments. This year’s calendar pays tribute to some of these priceless treasures, including Yehudi Menuhin’s celebrated ‘Lord Wilton’ Guarneri, the Carlo Bergonzi once played by Fritz Kreisler, and four instruments by Antonio Stradivari.