• Itzhak Perlman

    Prince Philip and the Queen listen to an Itzhak Perlman recital in 2007


    In tribute to Prince Philip, who died this morning, here is a video of the Duke of Edinburgh listening to a recital from Itzhak Perlman with the Queen in 2007, with George W. and Laura Bush sitting next to them. Prince Philip can be seen for the first 20 ...

  • Sylvia Pine

    9-year-old Sylvia Pine - daughter of Rachel Barton Pine - plays Meditation from Thais


    Violinist Sylvia Pine, age 9, from the United States, performs Meditation from Thais by Jules Massenet. Recorded on March 15, 2021. On April 8, 2021, Sylvia was awarded First Prize in ‘The Music of Mediterranean Europe’ from London’s International Great Composers Competition. Accompaniment arranged and performed by violinist ...

  • Nicola Benedetti and Sheku Kanneh-Mason

    Nicola Benedetti talks to Sheku Kanneh-Mason


    As part of the ‘Building Foundations’ Virtual Sessions, the Benedetti Foundation will be sharing a series of short interviews on the topic of exploring the physicality and psychology of playing with a variety of musicians. In this video Nicola Benedetti chats with Sheku Kanneh-Mason about his relationship to technique, ...

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    David Garrett plays Smooth Criminal


    A live performance by the crossover legend of Michael Jackson’s classic hit

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    Interview with Latvian violinist Roberts Balanas


    In this interview Hannah Nepilova speaks to the Latvian violinist Roberts Balanas - a classically trained solo violinist who, since the start of lockdown, has been streaming his own virtuosic cover arrangements of non-classical pieces. Many have gone viral, including a cover of Elton John’s ‘I’m Still Standing’ which was ...

  • Chloe Chua

    13-year-old Chloe Chua plays Mozart’s Violin Concerto No 2


    The 13-year-old violinist Chloe Chua - joint first-prize winner at the Menuhin Competition 2018 Junior Division - plays Mozart’s Violin Concerto No.2 with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra under the ensemble’s Chief Conductor Hans Graf. The performance was recorded at the Esplanade Concert Hall, Singapore, on 17 October 2020. ...

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    David Garrett plays Mendelssohn Violin Concerto aged 18


    Filmed just before Garrett took a break from the concert stage, this performance with the NDR Symphony Orchestra is conducted by Herbert Blomstedt 

  • Greta Mutlu

    ‘Gethsemane’ for violin solo by Deborah Pritchard


    In the lead-up to Easter the violinist Greta Mutlu plays Deborah Pritchard’s new solo violin piece ‘Gethsemane’, depicting the tranquility of the Garden of Gethsemane during the Passion story on Good Friday. Read ’Inside Colour’ for violin solo by Deborah Pritchard    

  • Devil's Trill Orchestra of the Swan

    Tartini’s Devil’s Trill meets Klezmer-style improvisation


    The music slips from the world of Baroque into a klezmer-style improvisation in this performance of Tartini’s Devil’s Trill by David Le Page and the Orchestra of the Swan from their latest streamed concert: ’Interpretation of Dreams’. The concert also includes music by Pärt, Messiaen, Monti, Cervantes, Liszt, Badalamenti and ...

  • Alexander Hersh

    Alexander Hersh plays Fauré’s Romance


    In this video - the last in a series fusing music and narrative - cellist Alexander Hersh plays Fauré’s Romance for Cello and Piano, Op.69, with pianist Victor Asunción. Hersh says: ‘With the onset of a worldwide pandemic, I’ve come to regard beautifully conceived and filmed classical music videos ...

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    Violinist Ray Chen warming up


    The following video from our archive is linked to the Technique article in the April issue of The Strad on warming up the left hand when playing the cello Violinist Ray Chen warms up with an excerpt from the second movement of Bruch's Scottish Fantasy at the ...

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    Anniversary of Penderecki’s death marked with launch of interactive ‘garden’


    A new website lets visitors explore the life and work of the Polish composer through his love of plants 

  • Vilma Jackson

    Send back the echo


    United Strings of Europe perform ‘send back the echo’ - a reflection on the alienation faced by the deaf community and people of colour within music, culture and the arts. It is inspired by the letters of Beethoven revealing his sense of passion, fear and joy as he ...

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    David Garrett plays Happy by Pharrell


    An orchestra of David Garretts brings strings and body percussion to Pharrell Williams’s feelgood hit 

  • 1984

    New European Ensemble presents 1984


    The New European Ensemble has just presented the premiere of the Dutch language film 1984 - based on George Orwell’s classic novel - featuring whistleblower Edward Snowden and actor Boris van der Ham. The Estonian composer Mihkel Kerem wrote a new ensemble piece based on the novel, performed in the ...

  • Music for self-isolation

    Amahl Arulanandam plays Music for Self-Isolation


    When the world shut down in early 2020, Frank Horvat, Associate Composer at the Canadian Music Centre, wanted to raise spirits and create music for those forced into self-isolation. In just 6 weeks he composed 31 short solo and duo works for a variety of instruments and voice. The musical ...

  • Johan Dalene

    Johan Dalene plays Rautavaara’s Notturno


    The Swedish violinist Johan Dalene and Norwegian pianist Christian Ihle Hadland play Einojuhani Rautavaara’s Notturno e danza: I. Notturno.   Johan Dalene talks about his Life Lessons in the March issue of the Strad.

  • Rachel Barton Pine

    Rachel Barton Pine plays Beethoven’s Violin Concerto unaccompanied


    In January, the American violinist Rachel Barton Pine launched 24 in 24: Concertos from the Inside with RBP, a series in which she is performing 24 different violin concertos live and unaccompanied in 24 weeks. As part of the performance, she also delivers a pre-concert talk, and confides what she ...

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    Young Irish string players perform Down by the Salley Gardens


    Based in Limerick, Ireland, Sing Out With Strings (SOWS) is an organisation that provides free long-term music teaching to children in areas of social and economic disadvantage. In a performance organised by the Limerick St Patrick’s Day Festival, the SOWS players are joined by members of the Irish Chamber Orchestra ...

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    Violist Adrien La Marca talks to conductor and violinist Christoph Poppen during quarantine


    During his 21-day Hong Kong quarantine, the French violist Adrien La Marca spoke to the German conductor and violinist Christoph Poppen, who is in the same hotel, waiting to conduct a concert with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta and La Marca on 27 March. Read: Christian-Pierre La Marca: Cello 360 ...