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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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  • January 2015

    With a new look for 2015, The Strad interviews the Nightingale Quartet and investigates the finer details of Stradivari’s scrolls. Daniel Hope gives a Vivaldi Masterclass and we discover the teaching methods of his mentor, Zakhar Bron. Plus Ida Haendel on Brahms’s Violin Concerto.

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  • December 2014

    We interview Korean violinist Kyung Wha Chung and examine a 1767 violin by José Contreras, described by some as ‘the Spanish Stradivari’. Russian pedagogue Maya Glezarova recalls her 70 years of teaching, and Augustin Dumay and Louis Lortie reflect on performing as a duo. Plus a Dvořák Masterclass with 14 audio examples

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