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Great violinists: Eugène Ysaÿe

2024-07-18T07:10:00+01:00

Matthew Rye examines the life of the great performer, conductor, composer and teacher whose full-bodied sound, broad tonal range and impeccable technique stemmed from years of hard practice

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Violinist Rachel Podger: Music from every angle

2024-07-18T07:05:00+01:00

The celebrated British violinist and Baroque and Classical specialist Rachel Podger chats with Tom Stewart about her new guest director role, her approach to teaching Baroque playing and striving to create an exciting musical experience for her audiences

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Great violinists: Nicolò Paganini

2024-07-17T09:52:00+01:00

In a special feature marking The Strad’s 120th anniversary in May 2010, Julian Haylock examined perhaps the greatest violinist of them all

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TANGO and beyond: Max Baillie on running a concert series in St Leonards-on-Sea

2024-07-17T09:50:00+01:00

How does a programme of tango music make its way to the UK seaside town of St Leonards-on-Sea? Violinist and violist Max Baillie shares his aim to give audiences up-front and intimate musical experiences

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100 years of cellist Christopher Bunting: ‘The truth of one’s nature has the last word’

2024-07-17T08:53:41.767+01:00

British cellist Christopher Bunting brought an unwavering authenticity to his art as a performer, and as a renowned pedagogue he had the drive and generosity to help others achieve the same in their own playing. On the centenary of his birth, his daughter, violinist and teacher Philippa Bunting, considers his ...

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Bass instinct: a new generation of double bass players

2024-07-17T08:53:28.353+01:00

The Strad speaks to five double bassists who are helping to shape a multifaceted and forward-looking new generation of players

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Violinist Rachel Podger: Music from every angle

2024-07-18T07:05:00+01:00

The celebrated British violinist and Baroque and Classical specialist Rachel Podger chats with Tom Stewart about her new guest director role, her approach to teaching Baroque playing and striving to create an exciting musical experience for her audiences

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A Stradivarian bow: a jewel of four facets

2024-07-17T08:53:45.837+01:00

Recent research on the 17th- and 18th-century bows in the collection of the Musée de la Musique in Paris led to the attribution of a bow stick to the Stradivari workshop. Marie-Ève Geeraert and Jean-Philippe Échard shed some light on their discovery of this one-of-a-kind artefact

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Violinist Rachel Podger: Music from every angle

2024-07-18T07:05:00+01:00

The celebrated British violinist and Baroque and Classical specialist Rachel Podger chats with Tom Stewart about her new guest director role, her approach to teaching Baroque playing and striving to create an exciting musical experience for her audiences

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Postcard from Norway: Bergen International Festival

2024-07-17T08:47:00+01:00

At the Bergen International Festival in Norway, Tim Homfray enjoyed some first-rate chamber performances as well as Hardanger fiddle music – and an unlikely heatwave

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‘It’s incredibly important in one’s career to do it your own way’ - violinist Tasmin Little’s life lessons

2024-07-17T08:47:00+01:00

The British violinist considers how to differentiate yourself as a musician and person

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Viola and violin contestants announced for 2024 International Max Rostal Competition

2024-07-19T08:44:00+01:00

22 violists and 21 violinists will compete in the competition held at the Berlin University of the Arts from 19 to 25 October

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Semi-finalists announced for the 2024 Oskar Nedbal International Viola Competition

2024-07-18T10:27:00+01:00

15 violists will compete at this year’s competition which will take place in Prague from 3 to 6 October 2024

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Ysaÿe International Violin Competition results announced

2024-07-16T13:30:00+01:00

Austrian and Australian violinists took home the senior and junior category prizes respectively

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

2024-07-19T08:32:00+01:00

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

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Competitions, Awards and Appointments: August 2024

2024-07-17T08:46:21.987+01:00

The latest competition results, appointments and forthcoming contests

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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

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Viola and violin contestants announced for 2024 International Max Rostal Competition

2024-07-19T08:44:00+01:00

22 violists and 21 violinists will compete in the competition held at the Berlin University of the Arts from 19 to 25 October

Heloise Houze

Semi-finalists announced for the 2024 Oskar Nedbal International Viola Competition

2024-07-18T10:27:00+01:00

15 violists will compete at this year’s competition which will take place in Prague from 3 to 6 October 2024

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Ysaÿe International Violin Competition results announced

2024-07-16T13:30:00+01:00

Austrian and Australian violinists took home the senior and junior category prizes respectively

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Celebrating Women Luthiers exhibit at Reuning & Son Violins

2024-07-17T12:16:00+01:00

Take a look at the second instalment of the international exhibit showcasing the work of outstanding women luthiers and musicians, held from 3 to 9 June 2024

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A Stradivarian bow: a jewel of four facets

2024-07-17T08:53:45.837+01:00

Recent research on the 17th- and 18th-century bows in the collection of the Musée de la Musique in Paris led to the attribution of a bow stick to the Stradivari workshop. Marie-Ève Geeraert and Jean-Philippe Échard shed some light on their discovery of this one-of-a-kind artefact

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Where science meets art: Positioning the f-holes

2024-07-17T08:53:21.47+01:00

Inspired by the work of the illustrious Cremonese masters, Alvin Thomas King presents a practical method for modern-day luthiers to position the f-holes on an instrument

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In Focus: A 1796 viola by Sebastian Dalinger

2024-07-17T08:52:49.65+01:00

Rainer Michael Cocron examines the Austrian maker’s late 18th-century instrument

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Trade Secrets: Bow tip replacement – part two

2024-07-17T08:52:37.85+01:00

How to shape the new tip after having replaced the ebony and ivory

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My Space: Peter & Rory Boardman’s Donaghadee workshop

2024-07-17T08:52:29.33+01:00

The father and son duo present their Northern Ireland workshop

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Concert review: Dover Quartet, Leif Ove Andsnes (piano)

2024-07-17T08:42:11.533+01:00By

Leah Hollingsworth hears the performance of Turina, Dohnányi and Brahms at New York’s Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall, on 30 April 2024

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Concert review: The Knights

2024-07-17T08:42:07.19+01:00By

Leah Hollingsworth hears the performance of Jessie Montgomery, Gabriel Kahane, Anna Clyne and Mozart at New York’s Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall, on 16 May 2024

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Concert review: Gabby Fluke-Mogul (violin) Danishta Rivero (sound technician)

2024-07-17T08:42:00+01:00By

Bruce Hodges hears the performance by the idiosyncratic violinist at New York’s Roulette on 6 May 2024

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The Strad Recommends: James Ehnes: Bernstein, Williams

2024-07-19T08:30:00+01:00

An illuminating take on two American masters

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The Strad Recommends: Janine Jansen: Prokofiev, Sibelius

2024-07-18T07:00:00+01:00By

Two masterly musicians on top form in an unusual pairing

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Mirò Quartet: Home

2024-07-17T08:43:40.63+01:00By

An all-American celebration of the concept of home

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Book review: The Power of Practice: How Music and Yoga Transformed the Life and Work of Yehudi Menuhin

2024-07-17T08:42:18.737+01:00By

Yung-Chiao Wei reads Kristin Wendland’s volume on the benefits of yoga for string players, focusing particularly on the regimen of Yehudi Menuhin

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Book review: Together on Strings

2024-07-17T08:42:15.277+01:00By

Celia Cobb goes through Esther Klein and Michael Dartsch’s collection of 23 ‘German and international’ song arrangements for young string players

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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

Debate

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Opinion: Avoid overloading students with information

2024-07-17T08:47:44.393+01:00

Double bassist Alex Ferkey believes that young string players are often derailed by information overload, and should trust more in unconscious processes when trying to perfect their technique

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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

Debate

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Opinion: Avoid overloading students with information

2024-07-17T08:47:44.393+01:00

Double bassist Alex Ferkey believes that young string players are often derailed by information overload, and should trust more in unconscious processes when trying to perfect their technique

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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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Artists

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    Great violinists: Arthur Grumiaux

    2024-07-19T09:18:00+01:00

    Julian Haylock examines a performer whose aristocratic poise and purity of tone combined to perfection in Bach and Mozart, in this article from June 2010

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    Great violinists: Eugène Ysaÿe

    2024-07-18T07:10:00+01:00

    Matthew Rye examines the life of the great performer, conductor, composer and teacher whose full-bodied sound, broad tonal range and impeccable technique stemmed from years of hard practice

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    Great violinists: Nicolò Paganini

    2024-07-17T09:52:00+01:00

    In a special feature marking The Strad’s 120th anniversary in May 2010, Julian Haylock examined perhaps the greatest violinist of them all

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    Whether you are a string player searching for a new instrument or a business owner looking to reach your target audience, the Strad Directory remains the most comprehensive and user-friendly resource for the string music world.