June 2021


We talk to up-and-coming soloist Bomsori Kim and investigate the Knopf dynasty of bow makers. Jennifer Koh gives a Masterclass on Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir d’un lieu cher, and Carolin Widmann talks about Schubert in Sentimental Work. Plus our annual Accessories supplement, with everything you need to know on Covid-proofing your orchestra.

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BOMSORI KIM   The Korean violinist talks to Andrew Mellor about instruments, performing during the pandemic, and releasing her first album on Deutsche Grammophon

KNOPF DYNASTY              The noted family of bow makers had a seismic influence on the industry in both Germany and America. Gennady Filimonov looks at five generations of the clan

JOSEPH WHITE  Yavet Boyadjiev explores the Cuban-born violinist’s 1875 tour to the US, when he became the first black soloist to perform with the nascent New York Philharmonic

SESSION REPORT              The members of the Sitkovetsky Trio tell Tom Stewart how they came to record piano trios by Ravel and Saint-Saëns for their latest release

VINCENZO POSTIGLIONE              The most important Neapolitan luthier of the late 19th century brought a personal touch to his copying. Luigi Sisto examines two examples to show how he did it

12 ENSEMBLE    Toby Deller speaks to the founders and co-artistic directors of the conductorless London-based outfit which mixes chamber concerts with cross-genre collaboration

IN FOCUS            An 1875 viola by Domenico Degani

TRADE SECRETS Rudolf Pilsel’s method for creating ad hoc moulds for one-off commissions

MY SPACE           Maison Bernard, the Brussels-based workshop of luthiers Jan and Matthijs Strick

MAKING MATTERS          Basic bow maintenance

MASTERCLASS   US violinist Jennifer Koh gives her thoughts on performing Tchaikovsky’s three-part work Souvenir d’un lieu cher

TECHNIQUE        Viola tutor Evan Wilson gives a guide to calisthenics for the left hand

LIFE LESSONS     The memories and opinions of the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s Satu Vänskä

OPINION             Students too often prioritise bow technique at the expense of musicality

FROM THE ARCHIVE       A 1951 writer asks whether machines could ever do the work of cellists

SENTIMENTAL WORK     Carolin Widmann on her love for Schubert’s Fantasy in C minor

And in Accessories 2021:

COVID-19 SAFETY FOR ORCHESTRAS       How have ensembles managed to keep their players safe during rehearsals and concerts?

LOW-LATENCY PERFORMANCE TECHNOLOGY    Developments in hardware and software that allow musicians to collaborate in real time

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