February 2022


We talk to Baroque violinist Théotime Langlois de Swarte in a French-themed issue, also looking at Vuillaume’s bows and the life of Pierre Baillot. Plus Sol Gabetta, a Bruch Masterclass, and Philippe Graffin’s Sentimental Work.

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  • THÉOTIME LANGLOIS DE SWARTE The Baroque violinist’s career has taken off in the past year. Charlotte Gardner talks to him about his quest to popularise the works of long-lost composersVUILLAUME’S ‘ALARD’ BOWS Several examples from the maker’s Paris workshop have an unusual frog design. Michel Samson examines why this innovation has been disregarded until now

    PIERRE BAILLOT Martin Wulfhorst explores the career of the violinist and composer (1771–1842), explaining his importance and centrality to the French school of playing

    SESSION REPORT Julian Azkoul, artistic director of the United Strings of Europe, tells Toby Deller how its second album Renewal combines the themes of transformation and loss

    CREMONESE VIOLIN MOULDS André Theunis and Alexandre Wajnberg present a theory showing how 16th-century luthiers may have based their violin proportions on musical principles

    ARCO PROJECT The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire’s partnership with a Soweto music centre has seen astonishing success, as head of strings Louise Lansdown reveals

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