On 1 May 2023, violinist Anne Akiko Meyers was presented with an honorary doctorate from her alma mater, the Colburn School Conservatory of Music. In accepting the honour, Meyers gave the keynote speech, offering inspiring words of wisdom to the graduating class.

’Like my daughter Natalie’s favourite Harry Potter says, “the wand chooses its wizard”. You young wizards have been chosen to share your music with the world,’ Meyers said.

She also gives anecdotes about her own experiences throughout her career, including how she wanted to quit playing the violin at the age of 20, as well as her stories of commissioning new works from composers. She concludes with a performance of Somewhere over the rainbow by Harold Arlen.

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.