March 2021


Francesca Dego talks about performing on Paganini’s Guarneri violin and we explore the growth of violin making in China. There’s a guide to playing Piazzolla’s tango music and Simon Standage completes his Baroque Bach Masterclass. Plus a look at the perils of orchestral playing.

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FRANCESCA DEGO          The Italian violinist has made a recording on the famed violin ‘Il Cannone’, made in 1743 by Guarneri ‘del Gesù’. She shares the experience with Tom Stewart

IVRY GITLIS 1922–2020    The maverick violin virtuoso died on 24 December aged 98. Tully Potter looks back at his career and rounds up some recommended recordings.

LUTHERIE DYNASTIES  Peter Somerford talks to representatives of several violin making families around the world about how they feel their heritage has helped them in their work

ASTOR PIAZZOLLA          The Argentine composer would have been 100 years old this month. Rafael Gintoli and Gabriela Olcese discuss his compositional style, with examples of his music

VIOLIN MAKING IN CHINA       How did the world’s most populous country also become its greatest producer of violins? Sisi Ye investigates the roots of its 30-year path to success

ORCHESTRAL PLAYING Author Gerald Elias, a former violinist with orchestras in Boston and Utah, examines some of the challenges faced by players on a daily basis

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