January 2023


British violinist Daniel Pioro discusses his influences and we ask how players can get the most out of entering competitions. There’s a Masterclass on Beethoven’s Grosse Fuge and we rewrite the early history of Russian bow making. Plus cellist Matt Haimovitz’s Life Lessons


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  • DANIEL PIORO – The British violinist has developed a reputation for his eclectic repertoire choices. He tells Tom Stewart about his upcoming performance of Biber’s Mystery Sonatas
  • EARLY RUSSIAN BOW – Gennady Filimonov reveals compelling evidence showing that Russia’s first known bow maker is the ivory carver Osip Dudin, who lived 60 years before Nikolai Kittel
  • REPETITIVE PRACTICE – All players must practise the same things over and over, but how do they make the best use of their time? Pedro de Alcantara gives some ideas to maximise the benefit
  • SESSION REPORT US – violinist and serial competition winner Maria Ioudenitch tells Rita Fernandes about her debut recording Songbird, consisting of arrangements of favourite songs
  • CREMONESE ARCHINGS – Gareth Ballard presents his detailed method of working out the archings of an old Italian instrument, based on the principles of catenary curves
  • COMPETITIONS – Agents, judges and industry leaders talk to Charlotte Gardner about the best strategies players can use to get the most from their time competing in events


  • IN FOCUS – A c.1920 double bass by Cesare Candi
  • TRADE SECRETS – Making a soundpost jig
  • MY SPACE – James Hanson of the Beautiful Music Violin Shop in Lawrence, Kansas, US
  • MAKING MATTERS – Setting up an Oberlin-style workshop for luthiers in the Berlin area
  • MASTERCLASS – First of two articles in which Belcea Quartet violist Krzysztof Chorzelski discusses Beethoven’s Grosse Fuge op.133
  • TECHNIQUE – Violinist Andrea Gajic gives hints and tips on practising scales and arpeggios
  • LIFE LESSONS – With cellist Matt Haimovitz
  • OPINION – Why luthiers should be less beholden to the figure of Antonio Stradivari
  • POSTCARD FROM CATALONIA – Report from the second Bienal de Cuartetos de Barcelona
  • FROM THE ARCHIVE – An interview with violinist Adolph Brodsky from January 1913
  • SENTIMENTAL WORK – Mario Brunello recalls performing Bach on the violoncello piccolo
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