September 2021


We investigate the Suzuki teaching method and early music performance in an education-themed issue. There’s a look at violin antiquing, finding the perfect viola, and a retrospective of Russian cellist Daniil Shafran. Plus Natalie Clein gives a Haydn Masterclass.

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  • SUZUKI TEACHING Since its creation in the mid-20th century, the method has become one of the most successful ways of teaching children. Samara Ginsberg investigates why
  • THE SUZUKI APPROACH TO TONE Helen Brunner recalls her time with Shinichi Suzuki in the 1960s, and reveals how he showed both students and tutors the basics of achieving a good tone
  • HISTORICALLY INFORMED PERFORMANCE From bowing to rhythm, students of early and Baroque music need to take a holistic approach, says Walter Reiter with the help of examples and exercises
  • ANTIQUING It takes skill and patience to make a new violin look 300 years old – but should luthiers be doing it at all? Peter Somerford examines both sides of the question
  • VIOLIN MAKING AND AI It is now possible to simulate the tone quality of an instrument before it’s even made. Sebastian Gonzalez explains how this could be beneficial for luthiers
  • DANIIL SHAFRAN One of the 20th century’s most distinctive musicians, the Russian cellist never enjoyed widespread success. Oskar Falta gives a reappraisal of his career
  • VIOLA SIZES Unlike violins, violas have a huge number of differences in shape and size. William Castle gives a guide for players to find the one that’s right for them
  • SESSION REPORT Cellist Christian-Pierre La Marca tells Tom Stewart how his latest recording project is designed to highlight the environmental challenges facing humanity
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