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  • May 2016

    In a special edition to mark the 100th anniversary of Yehudi Menuhin’s birth, we ask some of the people who knew him best fr their memories of the great violinist. We also explore Menuhin’s photo archive and examine his favourite instrument, the ‘Lord Wilton’ Guarneri. Plus two free supplements: Cremona 2016 and Degrees, your guide to string teaching courses around the world.

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  • April 2016

    Frank Peter Zimmermann graces the cover of our special German issue, with articles on the Klotz violin making dynasty and modern-day luthier Stefan-Peter Greiner. Auction house directors give their top tips on buying instruments at auction, and Augustin Hadelich discusses Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. Plus, the favourite encores of Leonidas Kavakos, Hilary Hahn, Arabella Steinbacher

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  • March 2016

    We report on the 2015 VSA/Oberlin Violin Makers Workshop, where 60 luthiers collaborated on a brand new model of violin. James Ehnes gives a Masterclass on Beethoven’s ‘Spring’ Sonata and we examine two cellos by the lesser-known maker Antonio Casini. Plus interviews with David Geringas, Christian Poltéra, Lynn Harrell, Rosalind Ventris and many more.

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  • February 2016

    In a French-themed issue, cellist Gautier Capuçon discusses his series of masterclasses for postgraduates and we report on new research that casts light on luthier Nicolas Lupot’s career. Paul Childs gives an in-depth appraisal of a Dominique Peccatte bow and we examine Pierre Fournier’s playing style in Great Cellists. Plus Pierre Amoyal on Heifetz and Saint-Saëns.

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  • January 2016

    Leonidas Kavakos discusses the Sibelius Violin Concerto and we explore the life of Paganini’s protégé Camillo Sivori. There’s a close-up examination of a Balestrieri violin and Ray Chen gives a Mozart Masterclass. Plus Summerplus 2016 – your guide to courses for players, teachers and makers worldwide.

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  • December 2015

    Baroque violinist Rachel Podger discusses the perils of scordatura and we a late-period Guarneri violin comes under scrutiny. Christian Tetzlaff completes his Masterclass on Beethoven, there’s a Kodály retrospective and double bassist DaXun Zhang gives his Practice Diary. Plus Jan Vogler on Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations

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  • November 2015

    In a North America-themed issue, we track the evolution of violin making in the US (with full-length photos of 10 instruments by American makers). We visit the elite Domaine Forget music camp in Canada, and examine the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s collection of Cremonese instruments. Plus articles by double bassists Edgar Meyer and Joel Quarrington, and our FREE 36-page Accessories 2015 supplement

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  • October 2015

    The members of the Pavel Haas Quartet discuss their love of Czech music, and we reconstruct Stradivari’s house and workshop from historical clues. Alban Gerhardt gives a Masterclass on Dvořák and Richard Tognetti reflects on performing Bach. Plus double bassist François Rabbath on improving finger dexterity.

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  • September 2015

    Violinist Nicola Benedetti discusses her work with young players in our education special, while recent competition winners discuss their practice methods. We look back at the life and teaching style of luthier Peter Paul Prier, and Roby Lakatos gives a guide to gypsy fiddling. Plus Jaime Laredo and Sharon Robinson on the Brahms ‘Double’

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