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Great violinists: Adolf Busch

2024-07-11T08:42:00+01:00

Tully Potter examines the poise and humanity of the great Classical interpreter who placed artistic integrity above career development

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Violinist Samuel Grimson: a life of triumph and tragedy

2024-07-11T07:10:00+01:00

British violin virtuoso Samuel Grimson had his playing career cut short by a wartime accident in 1918, but he went on to co-author a groundbreaking book that paved the way for modern violin teaching. Clifford Hall explores his life

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Great violinists: Jacques Thibaud

2024-07-10T08:46:00+01:00

Jacques Thibaud’s sensual sound and understated style marked him as a great chamber musician. Matthew Rye pays tribute to a subtle and dignified player

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Serge Koussevitzky: 150 years of the double bass virtuoso and conductor

2024-07-10T07:10:00+01:00

July 2024 marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Serge Koussevitzky – the Russian-born double bass virtuoso turned music director, educator and mentor. Fellow double bassist and conductor Leon Bosch examines his hugely influential life

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Delve into the musical world of the Strand: Ensemble Hesperi

2024-07-09T08:53:00+01:00

Ahead of a concert at Music at Paxton, Mary-Jannet Leith of period group Ensemble Hesperi, explores the vibrant musical world of London’s Strand at the turn of the 18th century.

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Great violinists: Leonid Kogan

2024-07-09T08:52:00+01:00

Julian Haylock examines a performer whose stern stage image reflected the unwavering focus and penetrating intensity of his playing, in this article from April 2010

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In Focus: A 1969 viola by Gio Batta Morassi

2024-07-12T09:13:00+01:00

Yuri Pochekin examines his own mentor’s viola

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Violinist Samuel Grimson: a life of triumph and tragedy

2024-07-11T07:10:00+01:00

British violin virtuoso Samuel Grimson had his playing career cut short by a wartime accident in 1918, but he went on to co-author a groundbreaking book that paved the way for modern violin teaching. Clifford Hall explores his life

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Postcard from Windsor: Windsor Festival International String Competition

2024-06-24T08:16:00+01:00

Charlotte Gardner reports from the first in-person Windsor Festival International String Competition to take place since 2019, and discovers that the talented competitors still have everything to play for

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Sentimental Work: Adrian Chandler on Vivaldi’s Four Seasons

2024-06-19T08:52:00+01:00

Vivaldi’s op.8 set of violin concertos – including the Four Seasons – was an early inspiration for the British Baroque violinist and founder of the orchestra La Serenissima

Competitions

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11-year-old violinist wins the 2024 Piccolo Violino Magico competition

2024-07-08T15:24:00+01:00

South Korean violinist Hyunsuk Ryu receives a €5,000 scholarship and a violin made by Fabio Piagentini

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Contestants announced for the 2024 Mieczysław Wajnberg International Violin Competition

2024-07-03T13:37:00+01:00

30 violinists from around the world will compete for the chance to win the top prize of €10,000 this December in Katowice, Poland

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Winners announced at 19th ANLAI International Violin Making Competition

2024-06-27T11:13:00+01:00

The contest saw the assessment of 200 luthiers and bow makers from around the world

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Competitions, Awards and Appointments: July 2024

2024-06-19T08:43:00+01:00

The latest competition results, appointments and forthcoming contests

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Premiere of the Month: Gabriela Lena Frank’s new Concerto Grosso

2024-06-19T08:40:00+01:00

Indigenous Peruvian music inspires a new Concerto Grosso for the Takács Quartet

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The Strad Podcast #115: designing your own musical education as an adult learner with violinist Julia Reddy

2024-04-11T08:38:00+01:00

How can adult students gain musical enrichment beyond the practice room? The violinist, teacher and podcaster shares her strategies

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The Strad Podcast Episode #57: Augustin Hadelich on Recuerdos and Ricochet

2024-04-04T08:10:00+01:00

Enjoy some ’R&R’: the violinist speaks about his new album, as well as a particularly tricky bowing technique

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The Strad Podcast #114: exploring resources and finding your teaching style with cellist Guy Johnston

2024-03-28T09:53:00+00:00

The cellist speaks about how resources left by renowned ‘cello gods,’ as well as fostering a community of sharing has informed his teaching methods throughout his career

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The Strad Podcast #113: Uncovering Ysaÿe’s lost works with violinist Philippe Graffin

2024-03-14T09:59:00+00:00

The violinist speaks about his efforts to bring Ysaÿe’s Poème concertant into the limelight

Competitions

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11-year-old violinist wins the 2024 Piccolo Violino Magico competition

2024-07-08T15:24:00+01:00

South Korean violinist Hyunsuk Ryu receives a €5,000 scholarship and a violin made by Fabio Piagentini

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Contestants announced for the 2024 Mieczysław Wajnberg International Violin Competition

2024-07-03T13:37:00+01:00

30 violinists from around the world will compete for the chance to win the top prize of €10,000 this December in Katowice, Poland

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Winners announced at 19th ANLAI International Violin Making Competition

2024-06-27T11:13:00+01:00

The contest saw the assessment of 200 luthiers and bow makers from around the world

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In Focus: A 1969 viola by Gio Batta Morassi

2024-07-12T09:13:00+01:00

Yuri Pochekin examines his own mentor’s viola

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Daniel Rowland on his Storioni violin

2024-07-11T08:42:00+01:00

One of our featured artists from the July 2024 issue discusses his bow and instruments, both past and present

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Alleged Stradivari violin seized at Ukrainian border

2024-07-10T14:40:00+01:00

The instrument, containing a label dated 1713, was found in a car travelling to Romania

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‘Barjansky’ Stradivarius cello tokenised by digital asset firm

2024-07-10T10:37:00+01:00

The c.1690 instrument, formerly owned and played by Julian Lloyd Webber, is one of very few Stradivari cellos in existence

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Trade Secrets: Bow tip replacement – part one

2024-07-09T07:05:00+01:00

Jenelle Steele explains a detailed method to remove an old tip and fit a new one, before shaping

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Making Matters: applying the ground coat to a violin

2024-07-05T08:31:00+01:00

Making and applying the ground coat is a crucial stage of the varnishing process. James Ropp reveals his own method for a preparation containing no oil

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Concert review: Engegård Quartet

2024-07-05T08:30:00+01:00By

Peter Quantrill attends the performance of Mozart, Bartók, Maja Ratkje and Fanny Mendelssohn at London’s Conway Hall on 21 April 2024

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Concert review: Jerusalem Quartet

2024-07-04T08:15:00+01:00By

Bruce Hodges the performance of Haydn, Brahms and Shostakovich at New York’s 92NY on 16 April 2024

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Concert review: Danish Quartet, Johannes Rostamo (cello)

2024-07-03T08:15:00+01:00By

Leah Hollingsworth hears the performance of Schubert, Adès and Nielsen at the Zankel Hall in New York’s Carnegie Hall on 18 April 2024

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Friederike Starkloff: Traum und Trauma

2024-07-12T08:37:00+01:00

An album celebrating a remarkable decade of musical invention

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David Bowlin, Kirsten Docter, Dmitry Kouzov: Roussel

2024-07-12T08:36:00+01:00By

No loss of character as a master of the stage turns inward

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Quartetto Noûs: Shostakovich

2024-07-11T07:05:00+01:00By

An Italian group brings warmth to its ongoing Shostakovich cycle

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Book review: Up Bow, Down Bow: A Child with Down Syndrome and His Journey to Master the Cello

2024-06-19T08:34:51.65+01:00By

Jacqueline Vanasse reads an account of teaching a child with Down’s syndrome written by his mother and principal cello teacher

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Book review: Around the World with a Violin

2024-06-19T08:34:47.057+01:00By

Laurence Vittes reads the autobiography of violinist Felix Ayo, a founder member of I Musici chamber ensemble

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Book review: The Amazing Violin Comics: Tips for practicing and mental images for learning stringed instruments

2024-06-19T08:34:37.73+01:00By

Lauren Wesley-Smith examines Lauri Hämäläinen’s innovative book giving visual tips and hints on playing the violin for students

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Opinion: Mass discardment of cheap bows

2024-07-01T08:05:00+01:00

Cellist Andrew Janss was shocked to discover the phenomenon of the cheap, single-use bow: one that costs more to rehair than replace. He calls for a change in manufacturers’ attitudes to such waste

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Opinion: Independence of the left-hand thumb

2024-06-17T08:05:00+01:00

To free up left-hand technique, violinist and teacher Martin Goldman encourages players to think more carefully about their thumb as an independent entity, yet still in close partnership with the four fingers

Debate

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Opinion: Mass discardment of cheap bows

2024-07-01T08:05:00+01:00

Cellist Andrew Janss was shocked to discover the phenomenon of the cheap, single-use bow: one that costs more to rehair than replace. He calls for a change in manufacturers’ attitudes to such waste

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Opinion: Independence of the left-hand thumb

2024-06-17T08:05:00+01:00

To free up left-hand technique, violinist and teacher Martin Goldman encourages players to think more carefully about their thumb as an independent entity, yet still in close partnership with the four fingers

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    Great violinists: Ginette Neveu

    2024-07-12T09:46:00+01:00

    Matthew Rye analyses the power and passion of the remarkable French virtuoso whose career was cut short in its prime

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    Great violinists: Adolf Busch

    2024-07-11T08:42:00+01:00

    Tully Potter examines the poise and humanity of the great Classical interpreter who placed artistic integrity above career development

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    Great violinists: Jacques Thibaud

    2024-07-10T08:46:00+01:00

    Jacques Thibaud’s sensual sound and understated style marked him as a great chamber musician. Matthew Rye pays tribute to a subtle and dignified player

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