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    Violinist Daniel Rowland reflects on his career

    2024-06-19T09:16:00+01:00

    Dutch–British violinist Daniel Rowland has had multiple strands to his career – among them soloist, concertmaster, festival director and quartet leader. He speaks with David Kettle about trusting himself to make meaningful connections and go with the flow

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    A closer look: Examining the ‘Salabue, Martzy’ violin

    2024-06-19T09:16:00+01:00

    The Strad’s lutherie consultant Philip Ihle put together this month’s poster of the ‘Salabue, Martzy’. Here he points out several extra details to help luthiers make an exact copy of the instrument

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    Violinist Samuel Grimson: a life of triumph and tragedy

    2024-06-19T09:15:00+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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Violinist Samuel Grimson: a life of triumph and tragedy

2024-06-19T09:15:00+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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Session Report: the Takács Quartet on re-recording Schubert

2024-06-19T09:14:00+01:00

For the Takács Quartet, re-recording two of Schubert’s string quartets, albeit with a new line-up, has been an eye-opening experience, as first violinist Edward Dusinberre and violist Richard O’Neill tell Charlotte Gardner

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

2024-06-19T09:13:00+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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‘An old country man playing on a fiddle’ - From the archive: July 1894

2024-06-19T09:07:00+01:00

In ‘Fiddlers on Canvas’, The Strad surveys paintings at the London art exhibitions of interest to string players. The young lady ‘lost in reverie’ grows up to be Agatha Christie

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‘Savour every moment’ - violinist Sarah Chang’s life lessons

2024-06-19T09:03:00+01:00

The US violinist reflects on the lessons learnt from her unique upbringing

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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

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Resplendent harmony: Carlo Bergonzi ‘Salabue, Martzy’ violin 1733

2024-06-20T08:16:00+01:00

The 1733 ‘Salabue, Martzy’ is one of the finest instruments by Carlo Bergonzi in existence. Jason Price examines the violin and looks at its travels over the past 300 years

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Violinist Daniel Rowland reflects on his career

2024-06-19T09:16:00+01:00

Dutch–British violinist Daniel Rowland has had multiple strands to his career – among them soloist, concertmaster, festival director and quartet leader. He speaks with David Kettle about trusting himself to make meaningful connections and go with the flow

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Postcard from Windsor: Windsor Festival International String Competition

2024-06-19T08:53:00+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

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Finalists announced for 2024 Primrose International Viola Competition

2024-06-20T10:55:00+01:00

Three violists will compete in the chamber music final on Friday 21 June and the concerto final on Saturday 22 June

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Cello and violin candidates announced for George Enescu International Competition 2024

2024-06-19T11:46:00+01:00

49 cellists and 50 violinists have been selected to compete in the first round of the competition from 1 September 2024

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The Fibonacci Quartet wins the Premio Paolo Borciani

2024-06-18T11:05:00+01:00

The Spain/UK-based quartet receives €25,000 and further performance engagements

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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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Finalists announced for 2024 Primrose International Viola Competition

2024-06-20T10:55:00+01:00

Three violists will compete in the chamber music final on Friday 21 June and the concerto final on Saturday 22 June

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Cello and violin candidates announced for George Enescu International Competition 2024

2024-06-19T11:46:00+01:00

49 cellists and 50 violinists have been selected to compete in the first round of the competition from 1 September 2024

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The Fibonacci Quartet wins the Premio Paolo Borciani

2024-06-18T11:05:00+01:00

The Spain/UK-based quartet receives €25,000 and further performance engagements

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Resplendent harmony: Carlo Bergonzi ‘Salabue, Martzy’ violin 1733

2024-06-20T08:16:00+01:00

The 1733 ‘Salabue, Martzy’ is one of the finest instruments by Carlo Bergonzi in existence. Jason Price examines the violin and looks at its travels over the past 300 years

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A closer look: Examining the ‘Salabue, Martzy’ violin

2024-06-19T09:16:00+01:00

The Strad’s lutherie consultant Philip Ihle put together this month’s poster of the ‘Salabue, Martzy’. Here he points out several extra details to help luthiers make an exact copy of the instrument

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Raising the bar: Bass-bar experiments

2024-06-19T09:14:00+01:00

Joseph Curtin reports on a series of experiments at the 2023 Oberlin Acoustics Workshop, which attempted to ascertain the acoustic effects of altering the height and scoop of the violin’s bass-bar

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In Focus: A 1969 viola by Gio Batta Morassi

2024-06-19T09:13:00+01:00

Yuri Pochekin examines his own mentor’s viola

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Trade Secrets: Bow tip replacement – part one

2024-06-19T09:12:00+01:00

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

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My Space: Daniela Gaidano’s Meltina workshop

2024-06-19T09:10:00+01:00

The Italian luthier presents her forest-surrounded shop

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Concert review: Jerusalem Quartet

2024-06-19T08:38:14.413+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)

2024-06-19T08:38:10.247+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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Concert review: Ébène Quartet

2024-06-19T08:38:06.33+01:00By

Bruce Hodges attends the performance of Schubert, Haydn and Bartók at the Perelman Theater, Philadelphia, on 6 April 2024

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The Strad Recommends: Sebastian Bohren: In Evening Light

2024-06-20T08:15:00+01:00By

Masterly musicianship aplenty in a Vasks premiere

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Friederike Starkloff: Traum und Trauma

2024-06-19T08:37:08.507+01:00

An album celebrating a remarkable decade of musical invention

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Simone Lamsma, Candida Thompson: Pärt über Bach

2024-06-19T08:37:04.66+01:00By

A meeting of minds across the centuries in this imaginatively conceived album

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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

Debate

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Opinion: Mass discardment of cheap bows

2024-06-19T08:53:00+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

2024-06-19T08:53:00+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

Accessories

Artists

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    A week of practice with violinist Lun Li

    2024-06-14T08:55:00+01:00

    Juggling solo repertoire and different instruments amid a busy performance schedule, violinist Lun Li shares a seven-day run up preparing for a solo recital at the Morgan Library and Museum in New York City

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    Cellist John-Henry Crawford on Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme

    2024-06-07T13:58:00+01:00

    Encountering the piece initially at the age of eleven, John-Henry Crawford shares his journey with this staple piece of cello repertoire, as well as tips and advice for overcoming some of the work’s technical challenges

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    Piano trios to watch: Trio Chagall

    2024-06-07T08:54:00+01:00

    Our June 2024 issue spotlights piano trios who are making waves in the classical music scene today. Charlotte Gardner takes a closer look at the Trio Chagall

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  • The Strad Directory is the essential resource for the string music world, with over 2,300 listings providing information on string businesses across North and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia.

    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.