March 2023


We talk to the Danish Quartet about the philosophy behind their music, and explore the history of the baryton. There’s a look at violin making in Argentina and the story of Russia cello tutor Natalia Shakhovskaya. Plus Jean-Guihen Queyras’s Life Lessons.


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  • DANISH QUARTET – The Copenhagen-based foursome talk to Andrew Mellor about their philosophy, interest in folk music and combining a relaxed approach with a focus on details
  • LUTHERIE IN ARGENTINA – The influx of Italian migrants in the early 20th century saw an explosion of violin making in the South American country. Lionnel Genovart examines their work
  • NATALIA SHAKHOVSKAYA – One of the most influential Russian cello pedagogues of the 20th century, she became well known for her work ethic. Oskar Falta speaks to former students
  • SESSION REPORT – Peter Quantrill talks to members of the New York-based Calidore Quartet about their new recording of Beethoven’s late string quartets
  • THE BARYTON – The distant cousin of the viola da gamba fell out of favour after the Baroque era, but is now enjoying a resurgence in interest. Gavin Dixon explores the reasons why
  • CREMONESE MEASUREMENTS – How did the early Italian makers keep to the same proportions for so many instruments? Simone Zopf argues they needed just one basic measurement


  • IN FOCUS – A 1957 cello by Sesto Rocchi
  • TRADE SECRETS – Bow maker Iris Zhulla’s intricate method for repairing a thumb groove
  • MY SPACE – Bern-based luthiers Lerice Nager and Savannah Childers give a tour of their workshop
  • MAKING MATTERS – Andrew Carruthers presents his innovative range of ‘Off-Beat Violins’
  • MASTERCLASS – Tessa Lark on the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto’s second movement
  • TECHNIQUE – US cellist Seth Parker Woods gives hints and tips on practising octaves
  • LIFE LESSONS – With cellist Jean-Guiyen Queyras
  • OPINION – Why do there need to be so many regional differences in orchestral tuning?
  • POSTCARD FROM LUNDSGAARD – A festival organised by the Trio con Brio Copenhagen
  • FROM THE ARCHIVE – An interview with the 18-year-old Marie Hall, from March 1903
  • SENTIMENTAL WORK – Peter Sheppard Skærved on what Viotti’s Ranz des Vaches means to him
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