One sings very naturally. You must figure out how to make that sound on your violin'

In this clip from the 1979 documentary 'From Mao to Mozart', violinist Isaac Stern demonstrates to a young student the importance of listening and playing like a singer.

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The Strad's feature on Isaac Stern in China is published The Strad’s August 2016 issue – download on desktop computer or through The Strad App.