In this 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
Plus: In Focus features an 1829 small-size viola by the Danish luthier Nicolai Jacob Marstrand; Davide Sora explains his method for making perfectly squared edges in Trade Secrets; My Space features the workshop of Brazilian luthier Túlio Lima; plus Andreas Hampel investigates the ‘boldness’ of the old Italian makers’ archings in Making Matters.
In our monthly Masterclass, Barnabás Kelemen marks up the first movement of Beethoven’s Quartet op.59 no.1; violist Roger Tapping discusses vibrato in Technique; American double bassist Edgar Meyer tells us his Life Lessons; Postcards from Istanbul where Vadim Repin and Daniel Hope premiered a new double concerto, and a ten-hour orchestral marathon at the 30th Beijing Music Festival; plus why Jean-Guihen Queyras loves Haydn’s Cello Concerto no.1 in C major.
We also bring you news of the latest competitions, products and auctions, and comprehensive reviews of concerts, CDs and books.