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November 2018

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We examine the legacy of string teacher Paul Rolland and ask whether female luthiers face discrimination in this day and age. James Ehnes gives us his Sentimental Work, and Viktoria Mullova tells of her Life Lessons. Plus a Masterclass with Carolin Widmann.

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October 2018

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Hilary Hahn talks about Bach and we discover how Brescian instruments developed. Edicson Ruiz gives a double bass Masterclass and we learn the secrets of orchestral auditions. Plus Rachel Podger’s Sentimental Work

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September 2018

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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

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PRINT SUBSCRIPTION The Strad is the world’s most authoritative and influential string music magazine, read by makers, musicians and teachers

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August 2018

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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.

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July 2018

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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

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June 2018

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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.

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May 2018

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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

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April 2018

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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

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March 2018

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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.

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February 2018

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The Strad’s February 2018 issue:

  • The Arod Quartet discuss how making a successful career as a foursome takes more than first-rate playing
  • Tourte the innovator seen through a detailed examination of one of his c.1790 bows
  • Jazz violinist Jean-Luc Ponty on improvisation, Stéphane Grappelli, and classical repertoire
  • In the studio with Antoine Tamestit as he records works by Jörg Widmann
  • Debussy’s five chamber works for strings through the eyes of top players
  • The development of French maker Jean-François Aldric’s style across eight instruments
  • A postcard from the inaugural Harmonia Nova festival in Avignon
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January 2018

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The Strad’s January 2018 issue:

  • Yo-Yo Ma talks about his initiative to encourage young players in Guangdong, and his enthusiasm for making all kinds of connections
  • Stradivari’s final years, Part Two. What happened to his final resting place?
  • Cellist Sol Gabetta on collaborating with mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli
  • The legacy of Heinrich Schiff viewed through recording and the eyes of former students
  • CT scanning for luthiers: and essential guide
  • Building a Baltic string sound: the Estonian Festival Orchestra
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December 2017

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Buy the December 2017 issue of The Strad. Includes focus on Stradivari's final years and the turbulent social and political times in Cremona from 1702 to 1737.

Plus Renaud Capuçon on teaching; Steven Isserlis’ trench cello; double bassist Barry Guy; Dragonetti’s Gasparo da Salò bass and its seismic effect on English luthiery; Trondheim Chamber Music Festival; an 1856 violin by Giuseppe Rocca; luthiers David Finck and Eric Benning; exercises to release tension and improve movement; Daniel Müller-Schott on Shostakovich’s First Cello Concerto

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November 2017

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November 2017 issue of The Strad. Celebrating the centenary of Jascha Heifetz’s historic US debut at Carnegie Hall

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October 2017

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September 2017 issue of The Strad. Celebrated American violin tutor Dorothy DeLay remembered by former students, including Itzhak Perlman and Philippe Quint.

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September 2017

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September 2017 issue of The Strad. Celebrated American violin tutor Dorothy DeLay remembered by former students, including Itzhak Perlman and Philippe Quint.

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August 2017

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Cellist Jan Vogler discusses his collaboration with Bill Murray and we investigate why cello ensembles have become so popular in

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July 2017

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The four members of the Chiaroscuro Quartet discuss their latest Haydn CD and we examine the 1708 ‘Dancla’ Stradivari violin.

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The Strad Digital Subscription and Back Issues

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DIGITAL SUBSCRIPTION The Strad is also available to download and purchase as a single issue or digital subscription. Our preferred partner platform

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June 2017

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Christian Tetzlaff discusses Bach and we investigate Vuillaume’s self-rehairing bow, David Garrett’s Sentimental Work and the results of the largest

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May 2017

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Patricia Kopatchinskaja discusses her vision and inspiration, and we ask how young soloists prepare for their first concerto. Elena Rostropovich

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April 2017

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We report on the restoration of the ‘Paravicini’ Stradivari and Matthew McDonald, the Berlin Philharmonic’s first principal bassist, discusses creative

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March 2017

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Richard Tognetti discusses new music and we find out how top players go about choosing a new bow. Rachel Barton

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February 2017

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Vuillaume’s ‘Evangelists’ quartet, cellist and gambist Christophe Coin and a tour of French folk fiddling styles are among the highlights

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January 2017

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We examine how today’s composers are pushing the boundaries of the violin concerto form, and Sam Zygmuntowicz discusses the cutting

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December 2016

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Tasmin Little discusses her love for British composers and we examine the 1727 ‘Benvenuti’ Stradivari violin using high-resolution micro-CT scans.

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November 2016

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We examine how strings became an integral part of minimalist music, and talk to Jennifer Koh about her return to

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October 2016

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Violinist Julia Fischer and cellist Daniel Müller-Schott talk about the challenges of working as a duo; Kronos Quartet violinist David

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September 2016

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In this education-themed special issue, veteran violinist–violist Pinchas Zukerman talks about his life in string education; we take a look

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August 2016

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Cellist Sol Gabetta talks about instruments, technique and finding her own voice, and we examine a rare 1710 Stradivari cello.

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July 2016

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Chamber music tutor Tim Frederiksen discusses putting together string quartets and we examine the history of violin making in Amsterdam.

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May 2016

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In a special edition to mark the 100th anniversary of Yehudi Menuhin’s birth, we ask some of the people who

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April 2016

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Frank Peter Zimmermann graces the cover of our special German issue, with articles on the Klotz violin making dynasty and

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March 2016

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We report on the 2015 VSA/Oberlin Violin Makers Workshop, where 60 luthiers collaborated on a brand new model of violin.

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February 2016

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In a French-themed issue, cellist Gautier Capuçon discusses his series of masterclasses for postgraduates and we report on new research

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January 2016

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Leonidas Kavakos discusses the Sibelius Violin Concerto and we explore the life of Paganini’s protégé Camillo Sivori. There’s a close-up

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December 2015

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Baroque violinist Rachel Podger discusses the perils of scordatura and we a late-period Guarneri violin comes under scrutiny. Christian Tetzlaff

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November 2015

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In a North America-themed issue, we track the evolution of violin making in the US (with full-length photos of 10

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October 2015

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The members of the Pavel Haas Quartet discuss their love of Czech music, and we reconstruct Stradivari’s house and workshop

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September 2015

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Violinist Nicola Benedetti discusses her work with young players in our education special, while recent competition winners discuss their practice

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August 2015

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We talk to Itzhak Perlman, 70 this month, and investigate the story of America’s first female violin maker. Lynn Harrell

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July 2015

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We speak to the current members of the Borodin Quartet, celebrating its 70th anniversary this month, and reveal new findings

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June 2015

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We talk to the Carducci Quartet about its upcoming Shostakovich quartet cycle, and examine the career of Gregor Piatigorsky. There’s

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May 2015

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In a special edition to mark The Strad’s 125th anniversary, we look through the photo archives for some of the

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April 2015

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Simon Rattle discusses the Berlin Philharmonic’s characteristic string sound in a German speical, which also includes articles on cellist Anja

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March 2015

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Nikolaj Znaider discusses how conducting informs his string playing, with further insights on the subject from Joshua Bell, Maxim Vengerov

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February 2015

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Philippe Graffin is on the cover of a French-themed issue, with articles on bow maker Joseph Lafleur, lutherie in Mirecourt,

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January 2015

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With a new look for 2015, The Strad interviews the Nightingale Quartet and investigates the finer details of Stradivari’s scrolls.

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December 2014

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We interview Korean violinist Kyung Wha Chung and examine a 1767 violin by José Contreras, described by some as ‘the

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November 2014

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James Ehnes is on the cover of our North America-focused issue, in which we pay tribute to the late bow

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October 2014

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A Girolamo Amati contralto viola reveals its secrets in an extensive study, and we talk to US quartet Brooklyn Rider

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September 2014

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In our special education issue, some of today’s top string players and teachers recall the tutors who made the biggest

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August 2014

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We mark the centenary of the First World War’s outbreak with an issue on music and conflict, exploring string works

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July 2014

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Latvian violinist Baiba Skride discusses her love of modern repertoire and Didier Lockwood talks about his genre-hopping career. We talk

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June 2014

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We examine a 1774 Guadagnini violin that has survived in almost pristine condition, and talk to string players who have

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May 2014

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Violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg talks about her multifaceted career and the Kronos Quartet looks back on 40 years at the cutting

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April 2014

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The late cellist János Starker receives an eight-page tribute, with exclusive photo galleries and memories from friends and colleagues. Fiddler

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March 2014

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We investigate Berlin’s burgeoning chamber music scene in a German-themed issue, and find out why the nation’s music schools are

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September 2013

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Violist and pedagogue Bruno Giuranna heads up an issue focused on teaching, in which we investigate the tuition of string

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July 2013

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Jordi Savall, early music pioneer and multi-instrumentalist, heads up a Baroque-themed issue featuring articles on viol consorts, instruments in Dutch

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February 2013

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We talk to cellist Alisa Weilerstein and review her latest CD of Elgar and Carter concertos. This edition also includes

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November 2012

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Oberlin: what happens at the Ohio violin making workshops? Caldwell Collection: some of the world’s most perfect surviving viols William

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October 2012

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Leila Josefowicz talks about her passion for new works and modern composers, Thomas Demenga discusses his love for Bach’s Cello

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August 2012

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Cellist Antonio Meneses graces the cover of this Latin American-themed issue, which includes features on string teaching in Venezuela and

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July 2012

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In this issue, Finnish violinist Pekka Kuusisto discusses his experiments in sound, and we find out how Les 24 Violons

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June 2012

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This issue’s guest editor, violinist Hilary Hahn, has chosen a theme of ‘conversations’, in which members of the string world

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March 2012

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Germany is the theme for this issue, with an interview with player and teacher Antje Weithaas, a Masterclass with cellist

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September 2011

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In a special edition on teaching, we talk to psychologists and string instructors about how students react to words of

June 2016

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What can the corners of Stradivari’s instruments tell us about the forms he used? Was Maud Powell the first virtuoso

February 2014

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The double bass takes centre stage, as we interview six of today’s top young bassists and investigate teaching, making, and

January 2014

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Cellist Zoë Keating explains how her success as a DIY musician in an issue with a ‘fresh thinking’ theme. We

December 2013

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Violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter talks about reaching out to the next generation of classical music lovers, and we report on the

November 2013

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Joshua Bell is on the cover of our North America-focused issue, which contains a detailed examination of his 1713 ‘Huberman’

October 2013

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Jacques Thibaud, Fritz Kreisler and Pablo Casals adorn the cover of a special issue celebrating the great players of the

August 2013

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US violist David Aaron Carpenter explains how he’s using star power to broaden the appeal of his instrument. We report

June 2013

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Raphael Wallfisch: the pragmatic cellist with a penchant for new works Vuillaume cello: the 1865 ‘Sheremetev’, one of the maker’s

May 2013

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Tabea Zimmermann: the violist with a taste for challenging repertoire Viola favourites: players choose their greatest quartet moments. Developing a

April 2013

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Violinist Christian Tetzlaff is the cover star of our German-themed issue, and we have ten copies of his latest CD

March 2013

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We talk to the Calder Quartet, a foursome equally at home performing with punk bands as on the concert stage.

January 2013

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Félix Lajkó: the Hungarian violinist is the cover artist for our ‘Fresh Thinking’ issue Electric string concertos: why composers are

December 2012

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Ruggiero Ricci: friends and collegues pay tribute to the great violinist and teacher Practice techniques: what can players learn from

September 2012

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Teaching is the focus for this month’s edition, in which we discover how Suzuki teaching has spread across the world

May 2012

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This issue features a detailed analysis of the ‘Saveuse’ Stradivari cello, tips on connecting with an audience, James Ehnes’s thoughts

April 2012

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The members of the Brodsky Quartet talk about their love of experimentation, and Maxim Vengerov discusses his return to performing

February 2012

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Can professional players tell a Strad from a modern instrument in a blind test? We report on the experiment and

January 2012

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In an issue that takes ‘fresh thinking’ as its theme, we talk to UK-based duo 2Cellos, who secured a record

December 2011

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In an issue themed around money, we ask: How much could a violin cost you over a lifetime? Why do

November 2011

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Cellist Yo-Yo Ma, cellist and founder of the Silk Road Project, is the cover star for our North America-themed issue,

October 2011

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We celebrate the 300th anniversary of Guadagnini’s birth with a look at the master maker’s mysterious life. Tully Potter looks

August 2011

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Jan Vogler analyses Schumann’s Cello Concerto, Tully Potter reviews the career of Polish violinist Bronislaw Huberman, and we look back

July 2011

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This month’s issue features a detailed analysis of the ‘Plowden’ Guarneri ‘del Gesù’ violin, an interview with double bass pedagogue

June 2011

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In our Benelux special, Dutch violinist Janine Jansen discusses her return to performing after an enforced break, there’s a focus

May 2011

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Violist and pedagogue Kim Kashkashian kicks off our viola special, in which we consider why this century is proving to

April 2011

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In our special focus on Germany, cellist Alban Gerhardt discusses Casals, fellow players and allowing imperfection. We look back at

March 2011

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Stradivari’s ‘Messiah’, one of the most revered instruments ever made, gets a full appraisal including dendrochronological analysis. Fabio Biondi discusses

February 2011

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Violinist Lisa Batiashvili discusses her empathy with Shostakovich’s music and we discover what happens when top instruments are stolen. We

January 2011

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We profile some of the young talents making a name for themselves in the string world, including Ray Chen, David

December 2010

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In an issue themed around the question of ‘Real or fake’, we speak to Dutch violinist André Rieu and consider

November 2010

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Jascha Heifetz is the cover star of our North America-themed issue, in which we examine his career Stateside. We ask

October 2010

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Gidon Kremer discusses a lifetime of pushing boundaries and Truls Mørk talks about the things that mean most to him.

September 2010

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We investigate the success of Venezuela’s El Sistema education programme in an education-themed edition, which also examines how conservatoires are

August 2010

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In a Spanish-themed issue, we talk to the Casals Quartet and celebrate the career of violinist Pablo de Sarasate. Ara

July 2010

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John Dilworth gives a personal guide to identifying violins and Carlo Chiesa examines the spectacular 1736 ‘Cessole’, ‘Teja–Ferni’ Guarneri ‘del

June 2010

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Cellist Natalie Clein discusses Kodály, crossover and her musical ambitions, and we explore the treasures of Korea’s celebrated Chi-Mei collection.

May 2010

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In a special edition marking The Strad’s 120th anniversary, we look back at the origins of the magazine, profile Nicolò

April 2010

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The Artemis Quartet discuss Beethoven and the benefits of standing up to perform, and we examine how Rostropovich may have

March 2010

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We examine a tenor viola by Jacob Stainer that reveals his attention to detail and Italian influences. There are articles

February 2010

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We celebrate Ole Bull’s bicentenary by looking back at the Norwegian violinist’s career, and taking a detailed look at his

January 2010

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Double bassist Esperanza Spalding describes how she discovered the jazz world, we investigate how sports psychology can help your practice

December 2009

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Violinist Gil Shaham explains his passion for Sarasate, we find out how the Nazis plundered priceless instruments and there’s a

November 2009

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Hollywood’s unsung heroes come under the spotlight as we search out the string players on some of the movies’ greatest

October 2009

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We investigate string allusions in Shakespeare’s plays and there’s an appreciation of 90-year-old concertmaster Michel Schwalbé. Arnold Steinhardt gives a

September 2009

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In a teaching special, we investigate the optimum age to start learning, and why teaching all levels together pays dividends.

August 2009

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The St Lawrence Quartet talks about combining high-jinks with high-quality playing, and viol expert Jordi Savall discusses his passion for

July 2009

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A 1717 Rogeri cello comes under the spotlight and we explore the career of violinist Henryk Szeryng. There’s a look

June 2009

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Gary Karr gives tips on playing by touch alone, and Joseph Curtin begins a two-part exploration into the acoustic tones

May 2009

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Viktoria Mullova discusses playing on a Baroque violin and there’s a report on research into Stradivari’s varnish. Players discuss performing

April 2009

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We talk to British bassist Danny Thompson as he celebrates his 70th birthday, teachers discuss how prodigies should be tutored

March 2009

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Yehudi Menuhin’s career comes under the spotlight and we report from the Eindhoven string competition. Steven Isserlis reveals his passion

February 2009

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We examine the 1715 ‘Titian’ Stradivari using the latest technological methods, celebrate the 200th anniversary of Mendelssohn’s birth and investigate

January 2009

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In an issue themed around fresh perspectives, we examine carbon-fibre bows, electric violins and how new technology is being used