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  • May 2013

    Tabea Zimmermann: the violist with a taste for challenging repertoire Viola favourites: players choose their greatest quartet moments Developing a violist: teachers pass on top tips Masterclass: Nobuko Imai on Takemitsu All this and more in our viola-themed issue.

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  • April 2013

    Violinist Christian Tetzlaff is the cover star of our German-themed issue, and we have ten copies of his latest CD to give away. We find out how to play the ‘Kreutzer’ Sonata like a Beethoven-era player and ask whether there is still a ‘German’ orchestral sound. Plus, musical insights from violist Nils Mönkemeyer, klezmer player Alicia Svigals and cello teacher Hans Rabus.

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  • March 2013

    We talk to the Calder Quartet, a foursome equally at home performing with punk bands as on the concert stage. Pedagogue Mimi Zweig advises on children’s first violin lessons, and Roger Hargrave concludes his look at the evolution of Baroque instruments. We also ask the question: should musicians ever perform for free?

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  • February 2013

    We talk to cellist Alisa Weilerstein and review her latest CD of Elgar and Carter concertos. This edition also includes a short video interview in which Weilerstein discusses the latter piece with the composer. There’s also a look at the bows of Persoit, hiring a publicist, and collaborative teaching.

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  • January 2013

    Félix Lajkó: the Hungarian violinist is the cover artist for our ‘Fresh Thinking’ issue
    Electric string concertos: why composers are taking on the challenge
    Design innovations: examples of high-tech thinking in the string world

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  • December 2012

    Ruggiero Ricci: friends and collegues pay tribute to the great violinist and teacher
    Practice techniques: what can players learn from sport psychology?
    Francesco Rugeri: we assess a 1686 violin and delve into the maker’s history
    Basics: Simon Fischer explodes some string-playing myths

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  • November 2012

    Oberlin: what happens at the Ohio violin making workshops?
    Caldwell Collection: some of the world's most perfect surviving viols
    William Salchow: the veteran US bow maker shares his memories
    US touring: the gruelling schedules of Fritz Kreisler, Jascha Heifetz and Gregor Piatigorsky

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  • October 2012

    Leila Josefowicz talks about her passion for new works and modern composers, Thomas Demenga discusses his love for Bach’s Cello Suites and Gary Hoffman offers his thoughts on Mendelssohn’s Variations concertantes.

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  • September 2012

    Teaching is the focus for this month's edition, in which we discover how Suzuki teaching has spread across the world in recent years. Lutherie pedagogues give their views on the contentious issue of studying restoration, and we consider the legacy of Francesco Geminiani, author of one of the earliest books on studying technique.

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