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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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  • August 2015

    We talk to Itzhak Perlman, 70 this month, and investigate the story of America’s first female violin maker. Lynn Harrell gives a guide to resonant cello sound, and Rachel Barton Pine explains why Mozart’s Third Violin Concerto is her ‘good friend’. Plus a Masterclass on Brahms’s Viola Sonata and a tribute to Lindsay Quartet co-founder Peter Cropper.

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  • July 2015

    We speak to the current members of the Borodin Quartet, celebrating its 70th anniversary this month, and reveal new findings about Mantua luthier Tommaso Balestrieri. Cellist Alexander Baillie analyses Britten, Lawrence Wheeler gives hints on playing spiccato, and we examine a late Guarneri ‘del Gesù’ for In Focus..

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  • June 2015

    We talk to the Carducci Quartet about its upcoming Shostakovich quartet cycle, and examine the career of Gregor Piatigorsky. There’s a report on how acting techniques can benefit string players, and the second of two articles on the Andrea Amati ‘King’ cello. Plus Hilary Hahn on Vieuxtemps, Christian Tetzlaff on Beethoven, and a celebration of Leopold Auer’s life and career.

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  • May 2015

    In a special edition to mark The Strad’s 125th anniversary, we look through the photo archives for some of the highlights of the past 13 decades. We examine how the dawn of recording influenced string playing, pay tribute to New York violinist David Nadien and examine possibly the world’s oldest cello: the Andrea Amati ‘King’.

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  • April 2015

    Simon Rattle discusses the Berlin Philharmonic’s characteristic string sound in a German speical, which also includes articles on cellist Anja Thauer and the development of instruments in Markneukirchen. Alban Gerhardt discusses playing Dvořák’s Cello Concerto, Tabea Zimmermann gives a Masterclass on Hindemith and there’s a guide to double bass bowing from Jeff Bradetich. Plus Sarah Chang’s practice diary.

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  • March 2015

    Nikolaj Znaider discusses how conducting informs his string playing, with further insights on the subject from Joshua Bell, Maxim Vengerov and Julian Rachlin among others. Instrument dealers explain how they help customers find their perfect instrument, and bassist Leon Bosch completes his analysis of Dittersdorf’s Second Double Bass Concerto. Plus violist Bruno Giuranna on tone production.

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  • February 2015

    Philippe Graffin is on the cover of a French-themed issue, with articles on bow maker Joseph Lafleur, lutherie in Mirecourt, and Jean-Jacques Kantorow on Tartini. Plus a new series on Great Cellists begins with Paul Tortelier, Raphael Wallfisch gives tips on playing Tchaikovsky's Rococo Variations, and what classical players can learn from playing alternative styles

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