- BELCEA QUARTET: The members of the award-winning group recall their first 25 years together and discuss their work with young musicians, in conversation with Tom Stewart
- PERIOD PERFORMANCE: More and more young musicians are adopting techniques usually associated with historically informed playing. Charlotte Gardner reports on the trend
- ASYMMETRIC INSTRUMENTS: Peter Somerford discovers how innovative new designs can affect an instrument’s weight, ergonomics and acoustic potential, as well as provide visual interest
- KATÓ HAVAS: The pioneering violin pedagogue, whose New Approach had a seismic effect on string teaching in the 1960s, died last December. Friends and colleagues pay tribute
- SESSION REPORT: Christian Tetzlaff explains why he feels his second recording of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, 13 years after his first, is closer to what the composer wanted
- STRADIVARI GUITAR: A sixth example by the master has recently been identified. Emiliano Marinucci explains how it was found, and what it tells us about Antonio’s working methods
- RODNEY FRIEND: Charlotte Smith meets the British violinist to find out how he evolved the ideal left-hand position over the course of his long career – and how to do the same
- THE STRAD CALENDAR 2020: Thirty years since it began, the Chimei Museum’s collection of stringed instruments is unparalleled. Dai-Ting Chung and Andrew Guan present some highlights
- LIVE LESSONS: Violinist Renaud Capuçon
- OPINION: Teaching a cellist with special needs
- POSTCARD FROM JAPAN: Report from the Sendai International Violin Competition
- POSTCARD FROM COLORADO: Weathering the storm at the 2019 Bravo! Vail Music Festival
- IN FOCUS: A c.1930 violin by Ignacio Fleta
- TRADE SECRETS: Gabriel Reinhold explains his asymmetric method of neck shaping
- MY SPACE: Zurich luthier Julia van der Waerden
- MAKING MATTERS: How luthiers can keep their health and wellbeing in order
- MASTERCLASS: Esther Yoo on the third movement of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto
- TECHNIQUE: A method of practising in 5ths
- FROM THE ARCHIVE: An early account of Kató Havas’s teaching methods, from October 1959
- SENTIMENTAL WORK: Salvatore Accardo on his relationship with Beethoven’s Violin Concerto
We talk to the members of the Belcea Quartet and ask why more young people are turning to period performance. Students of Kató Havas pay tribute to the late violin teacher, and there’s a look at asymmetric instruments. Plus a Mendelssohn Masterclass and Renaud Capuçon’s Life Lessons.
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