August 2021


We chat to rising star Esther Yoo and examine female violinists in Georgian England. Lewis Kaplan completes his tour of Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas and we trace the history of the Herrmann bow makers. Plus a viola Masterclass from Antoine Tamestit and Viktoria Mullova’s Sentimental Work

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ESTHER YOO       The American violinist has maintained her positive outlook on life throughout the past year. She talks to Amanda Holloway about trios, touring and Tchaikovsky

NECK SETTING   The join between an instrument’s neck and body is a vital part of its anatomy. Joseph Curtin shows how the neckset has been modified over the past 300 years

BACH’S SOLO VIOLIN PARTITAS  Juilliard professor Lewis Kaplan completes his two-part look at the complete Solo Sonatas and Partitas by examining the composer’s use of dance forms

HERRMANN BOW MAKING DYNASTY      Closely linked to the Knopfs, the family enjoyed particular success in the 19th century. Gennady Filimonov traces their history through letters and documents

SESSION REPORT              Violinist Karen Gomyo tells Rita Fernandes how her new recording of The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires and other works by Astor Piazzolla came into being

FEMALE VIOLINISTS IN 18TH-CENTURY ENGLAND              An unnamed portrait at a 2016 auction led Kevin MacDonald on a journey into Georgian society, and the few women who sustained careers as string players

RECORDING ARCHING PROFILES How can luthiers without access to CT-scanning devices make accurate arching templates? Charline Dequincey details her method involving a dental compound

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