November 2021

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We talk to US violinist Chad Hoopes, test the tone quality of Stradivaris, learn Gary Karr’s Life Lessons and report on the early bow makers of the Bay Area in an America-themed issue. Plus a Brahms Masterclass with violist Richard O’Neill.


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  • CHAD HOOPES The American violinist brings an eclectic perspective and natural enthusiasm to his performance choices. Toby Deller investigates his path to musical stardom
  • BLACK AMERICA Why are black musicians still under-represented in the US classical music world? Pauline Harding asks string players across the country how things could change
  • MAKING COPIES Sam Zygmuntowicz examines whether replicas of the ‘Titian’ and ‘Willemotte’ Stradivaris, and the ‘Plowden’ ‘del Gesù’, will show similar tone properties
  • SESSION REPORT Fabio Biondi tells Rita Fernandes why his new recording of the Bach Sonatas and Partitas brings a uniquely personal interpretation to the repertoire stalwarts
  • BAY AREA BOW MAKERS The early 20th century saw a musical boom in the area around San Francisco – and bow makers reaped the benefit. Raphael Gold examines their history
  • SCOTTISH FOLK BAROQUE FUSION Kevin MacDonald explores the trend of combining Scots folk melodies and Italian art music, and how it grew fashionable in 18th-century drawing rooms
  • IN FOCUS A 1926 violin by John Friedrich
  • TRADE SECRETS Bow maker Eric Lane shows how to make a cutter for a Parisian-eye ring
  • MY SPACE Miami-based luthier Giancarlo Arcieri
  • MAKING MATTERS How luthiers can help musicians who have trouble playing 5ths
  • MASTERCLASS Violist Richard O’Neill of the Takács Quartet on Brahms’s String Quartet no.3
  • TECHNIQUE Cellist Denis Severin gives hints and tips for practising on open strings
  • LIFE LESSONS With double bassist Gary Karr
  • OPINION Julian Lloyd Webber argues against the standard repertoire choices for audition
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