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In a French-themed issue, the Arod Quartet discuss their career to date, and we present a close analysis of a c.1790 Tourte bow. We mark Jean-Luc Ponty’s 75th birthday with an interview and examine the work of Jean-François Aldric. Plus bassist Gary Karr’s Sentimental Work.
British soloist Lawrence Power talks about his adventures with the viola, and luthiers share their experiences of collaborative making. There’s an insight into the psychology of teaching adult beginners, and we explore some of the 20th century’s most complex repertoire. Plus an in-depth look at a Domenico Busan viola.
In a German-themed issue, we talk to Carolin Widmann and look at the instrument making traditions of Füssen. Jacob Stainer is the subject of In Focus and the Casals Quartet gives tips on playing Beethoven’s quartets. Plus Christian Tetzlaff discusses his Sentimental Work
Ray Chen on the importance of social media and popular culture in encouraging a new generation of players; a close look at the most expensive violin in the world, the ‘Vieuxtemps’ Guarneri ‘Del Gesù’; Quartet coaching with Alfred Brendel; Life Lessons from violinist Leila Josefowicz
We complete our analysis of the ‘Vieuxtemps’ Guarneri, with Anne Akiko Meyers’ views on playing the priceless violin. There’s a look at the pitfalls of playing outdoors, we go in search of Stradivari’s ‘lost’ mould, and Kyung Wha Chung gives her Life Lessons.
Plus Accessories 2018: your guide to strings, bridges, rosin, pickups, and much more.
We look at Leonard Bernstein’s contributions to string music and investigate the development of the French bow button. Joshua Bell gives a Masterclass on Bruch and Jennifer Koh gives her Sentimental Work.
Plus a FREE guide to the inaugural Tokyo Stradivarius Festival
We talk to the Doric Quartet about bows and recordings, and get tips on making arrangements of non-classical works. Anne-Sophie Mutter tells us her Sentimental Work there’s a Beethoven Masterclass and we look back on Henryk Szeryng’s playing career. Plus, the fall and rise of violin making in Hungary.
Maxim Vengerov talks about his lifelong learning curve and we learn the teaching methods of Heifetz, Gingold and Galamian. There’s a look at conservatoire auditions and Guy Johnston discusses Mendelssohn in Masterclass. Plus Sartory, Guadagnini and Aldo Parisot in this 144-page bumper issue