The members of the Brodsky Quartet talk about their love of experimentation, and Maxim Vengerov discusses his return to performing after years away. There’s also a report on Scottish fiddling, a rtrospective on viola player Frederick Riddle, and an analysis of violins in 17th-century Dutch artworks. Plus, Mats Lindström’s tips on playing cello scales.
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In a French special we talk to cellist Bruno Philippe and investigate Eugène Sartory’s infamous court case. Philippe Graffin tracks down a lost version of an Ysaÿe sonata and Nicolas Gilles reveals his oil varnish recipe. Plus Gautier Capuçon, François Rabbath, and Daniel Hope on Franck
James Ehnes, Hilary Hahn, Leonidas Kavakos, Maxim Vengerov, Nikolaj Znaider: some of the violin world's top names have given their thoughts on key works of string repertoire within The Strad's pages. Now, for the first time, Masterclass: Solo Violin brings together articles from the magazine's popular Masterclass section over the past nine years.