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    Creation and evolution: Manchester Collective

    2024-04-17T08:23:00+01:00

    Manchester Collective is an ensemble that doesn’t shy away from either transporting its listeners to unexpected places, or embracing change within its own identity. Members including co‑founder and violinist Rakhi Singh talk to David Kettle about the group’s unique philosophy

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    A mystery unveiled: the makers of Ferrara

    2024-04-17T08:23:00+01:00

    While scholars have scrutinised the making traditions of various Italian cities, the luthiers of Ferrara have been largely neglected – until now. Florian Leonhard presents the results of recent archival research into Alessandro Mezzadri and the Marconcini family, along with notes on their making styles

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    A musical smorgasbord: violinist Fabio Biondi on recording Roman’s ‘Assaggi’

    2024-04-17T08:22:19.937+01:00

    Italian violinist Fabio Biondi speaks to Robin Stowell about recording Swedish Baroque composer Johan Helmich Roman’s assaggi – solo musical morsels to whet the appetite

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Geminiani’s scales: a portal to the past

2024-04-17T08:22:00+01:00

Geminiani’s scale exercises in his seminal 1751 treatise The Art of Playing on the Violin may look puzzlingly random to modern eyes, but violinist Benjamin Shute argues that they can reveal useful insights into the thinking behind performance practice of the time

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‘The lama was a clever performer’ - From the archive: May 1894

2024-04-17T08:21:09.353+01:00

T. L. Phipson recounts an impromptu recital by a lama in a remote Mongolian village, on an instrument that, from its description, may have been a morin khuur

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‘Dream big and give yourself time to try things out’ - violinist Tim Kliphuis’s life lessons

2024-04-17T08:20:35.907+01:00

The Dutch violinist recalls his journey to discovering his own distinct style and sound

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Postcard from Detroit: Sphinx Competition and SphinxConnect convention

2024-04-17T08:20:28.303+01:00

At the Sphinx Competition and SphinxConnect convention, Rita Fernandes experienced an array of inspiring events that went beyond simply addressing diversity in classical music

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Sentimental Work: Christian Poltéra on Ravel’s Sonata for violin and cello

2024-04-17T08:20:00+01:00

The challenges of Ravel’s Sonata for violin and cello led to a memorable encounter between the Swiss cellist and his childhood hero, Mstislav Rostropovich

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From the archive: Neville Marriner on his musical education

2024-04-15T09:03:00+01:00

The violinist, chamber music player and conductor was born on this day in 1924. In this excerpt from a 1986 interview, Neville Marriner speaks to Dennis Rooney about his first encounters with violin playing and his early teachers

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Making her mark: violinist María Dueñas

2024-04-17T08:24:00+01:00

Although she’s only 21, the Spanish violinist María Dueñas is already a rapidly rising star in the musical world. Tom Stewart speaks to the young virtuoso about how she has created her own unique and distinctive voice on the instrument

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Creation and evolution: Manchester Collective

2024-04-17T08:23:00+01:00

Manchester Collective is an ensemble that doesn’t shy away from either transporting its listeners to unexpected places, or embracing change within its own identity. Members including co‑founder and violinist Rakhi Singh talk to David Kettle about the group’s unique philosophy

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Premium ❘ Feature

Making her mark: violinist María Dueñas

2024-04-17T08:24:00+01:00

Although she’s only 21, the Spanish violinist María Dueñas is already a rapidly rising star in the musical world. Tom Stewart speaks to the young virtuoso about how she has created her own unique and distinctive voice on the instrument

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Postcard from Detroit: Sphinx Competition and SphinxConnect convention

2024-04-17T08:20:28.303+01:00

At the Sphinx Competition and SphinxConnect convention, Rita Fernandes experienced an array of inspiring events that went beyond simply addressing diversity in classical music

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Sentimental Work: Christian Poltéra on Ravel’s Sonata for violin and cello

2024-04-17T08:20:00+01:00

The challenges of Ravel’s Sonata for violin and cello led to a memorable encounter between the Swiss cellist and his childhood hero, Mstislav Rostropovich

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Violin winners of the Hong Kong International Young Musicians Competition announced

2024-04-16T12:30:00+01:00

Violinist Kim Byeol Claire won the senior category, receiving $2,000

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Semi-finalists announced for the 2025 Antonio Mormone International Prize

2024-04-16T09:33:00+01:00

In a unique semi-final round where the jurors follow competitors over ten months, ten violinists will have the opportunity to compete for a first-prize package, which includes €30,000, a recording contract, concert engagements and artist management

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Arthur Grumiaux International Violin Competition announces 2024 winners

2024-04-15T14:57:00+01:00

Winner of the senior division, violinist Ilva Eigus, receives €3,000 and a violin bow

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Competitions, Awards and Appointments: May 2024

2024-04-17T08:19:51.12+01:00

The latest competition results, appointments and forthcoming contests

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Premiere of the Month: Britta Byström’s new violin concerto for Janine Jansen

2024-04-17T08:19:00+01:00

Day and night inspire a new violin concerto

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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

Competitons

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Violin winners of the Hong Kong International Young Musicians Competition announced

2024-04-16T12:30:00+01:00

Violinist Kim Byeol Claire won the senior category, receiving $2,000

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Semi-finalists announced for the 2025 Antonio Mormone International Prize

2024-04-16T09:33:00+01:00

In a unique semi-final round where the jurors follow competitors over ten months, ten violinists will have the opportunity to compete for a first-prize package, which includes €30,000, a recording contract, concert engagements and artist management

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Arthur Grumiaux International Violin Competition announces 2024 winners

2024-04-15T14:57:00+01:00

Winner of the senior division, violinist Ilva Eigus, receives €3,000 and a violin bow

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The Maccaferri-style violin inspired by Django Reinhardt

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Luthier Neil Campbell shares how he crafted a violin in the style of the iconic instrument played by the legendary guitarist

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A mystery unveiled: the makers of Ferrara

2024-04-17T08:23:00+01:00

While scholars have scrutinised the making traditions of various Italian cities, the luthiers of Ferrara have been largely neglected – until now. Florian Leonhard presents the results of recent archival research into Alessandro Mezzadri and the Marconcini family, along with notes on their making styles

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Decorating a bow frog: let the flowers bloom

2024-04-17T08:22:04.78+01:00

A very specialist part of the bow maker’s craft is the addition of decorative inlay into a bow frog. Vladimiros Sorokin-Andreou presents his method for this intricate and delicate part of the process

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In Focus: c.1810–20 bow by Christian Wilhelm Knopf

2024-04-17T08:21:52.22+01:00

Matthieu Besseling on a bow by the Knopf dynasty’s patriarch

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Trade Secrets: An alternative rib construction method

2024-04-17T08:21:44.08+01:00

Luthier Alan Beavitt shares an option that can guarantee an accurate overhang at the end of the process

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My Space: Anthony Morton’s Greensboro workshop

2024-04-17T08:21:37.69+01:00

Take a peek into the North Carolina atelier

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Concert review: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

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Leah Hollingsworth hears the performance of Jessie Montgomery, Lera Auerbach, Chris Rogerson and Kaija Saariaho at the Rose Studio, New York, on 18 January 2024

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Concert review: Apollon Musagète Quartet

2024-04-17T08:17:33.63+01:00By

Leah Hollingsworth hears the performance of Schubert, Dvořák and Shostakovich at the Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall, New York on 7 February 2024

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Concert review: Austin Wulliman (violin) Jack Quartet, Alec Goldfarb (electric guitar)

2024-04-17T08:17:17.95+01:00By

Bruce Hodges hears the Jack Quartet’s performance of a work by its own violinist, Austin Wulliman, at Roulette, NYC, on 15 February 2024

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Performances to sit alongside the finest in this enterprising programme

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Sinfonia of London: Bacewicz, Enescu, Ysaÿe

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A typically classy offering from this crack ensemble

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Mathis Rochat, Stephen Waarts: C.P.E. Bach, Graun

2024-04-17T08:18:47.99+01:00By

Sympathetic reworkings for the viola prove most persuasive

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Book review: Bows, Strings and Dreams

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Lauren Wesley-Smith reviews the autobiography of 16-year-old violin wunderkind Leia Zhu

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Book review: Italian Violin Making in Argentina

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Bharat Khandekar reviews Pablo A. Saraví’s publication on the little-known culture of lutherie among the immigrant population of South America’s second-largest country

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Book review: Bach Six Suites for Violoncello solo (BWV1007–12) arranged for viola solo

2024-04-17T08:16:44.66+01:00

Misha Galaganov reviews Bärenreiter’s new edition of the Bach Suites edited for performance by violists

Debate

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Opinion: why don’t string players practice pizzicato?

2024-04-08T08:10:00+01:00

Perfecting bowing is a lifelong quest for string players – but what about pizzicato? Cellist Davina Shum advocates setting aside some dedicated practice time to this neglected technique

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Opinion: The benefits and challenges of playing at the back of the section

2024-03-18T08:05:00+00:00

While the musicians at the front of an orchestral string section might be in the spotlight, every string player should experience the unique challenges of sitting towards the back, says violinist Alexandra Gorski

Debate

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Opinion: why don’t string players practice pizzicato?

2024-04-08T08:10:00+01:00

Perfecting bowing is a lifelong quest for string players – but what about pizzicato? Cellist Davina Shum advocates setting aside some dedicated practice time to this neglected technique

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Opinion: The benefits and challenges of playing at the back of the section

2024-03-18T08:05:00+00:00

While the musicians at the front of an orchestral string section might be in the spotlight, every string player should experience the unique challenges of sitting towards the back, says violinist Alexandra Gorski

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