May 2022


Viktoria Mullova discusses her latest Schubert recording and we examine the life of pedagogue Paul Makanowitzky. There’s a look at violin making in Seoul and Renaud Capuçon reveals his Sentimental Work. Plus our annual Degrees supplement

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  • VIKTORIA MULLOVA The violinist discusses her latest Schubert recording with Toby Deller, as well as her collaborative projects with friends and family, and her love of improvisation
  • PAUL MAKANOWITZKY The long-time teaching assistant of Ivan Galamian was a talented violinist in his own right. David Hays talks to former students to explore his life and career
  • VIOLIN MAKING IN SEOUL Luthier Hagit Gili Gluska finds out how, in just a few years, the Seocho area of Gangnam has become a mecca for instrument makers from around the world
  • SESSION REPORT Robin Stowell talks to Richard Boothby of British early music group Fretwork about the ensemble’s recording of fantasias for viol consort by Thomas Lupo
  • PIETRO CASTRUCCI Based in London, the 18th-century composer wrote a great deal of music, now almost completely forgotten. Gerald Elias explores his life and legacy
  • AUGUST RAU The German bow maker was one of the last to uphold the 19th-century ideals of independent craftsmanship. Gennady Filimonov examines several of his bows


  • IN FOCUS A 1911 cello by Camillo Mandelli
  • TRADE SECRETS Michael Doran presents his technique for making ‘Hill-style’ saddles
  • MY SPACE Double bass maker George Martin
  • MAKING MATTERS The secrets of Stradivari’s moulds that are hidden in plain sight
  • MASTERCLASS Cellist Amanda Forsyth discusses playing Bruch’s Kol nidrei
  • TECHNIQUE British violist Martin Outram gives tips on developing bow control
  • LIFE LESSONS Astrid Schween, cellist of the Juilliard Quartet, reminisces about her teachers
  • OPINION How the fallout from the pandemic has affected practitioners of early music
  • POSTCARD FROM DUBLIN A report from Spike, the Irish capital’s alternative cello festival
  • FROM THE ARCHIVE From May 1932
  • SENTIMENTAL WORK Renaud Capuçon on his love of Brahms’s Violin Sonata no.1 in G major
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