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  • January 2012

    In an issue that takes ‘fresh thinking’ as its theme, we talk to UK-based duo 2Cellos, who secured a record deal and concert tour through the power of YouTube. We learn how particle-accelerator technology unlocked the secrets of a Guadagnini, and get the lowdown on using ‘extended techniques’ in playing.

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  • December 2011

    In an issue themed around money, we ask: How much could a violin cost you over a lifetime? Why do players pay huge sums without getting proper instrument checks? Can the Internet help you with project funding? Does a portfolio career make good financial sense? Plus: a Tasmin Little Masterclass, Stephan von Baehr’s workshop, movement exercises and lots more

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  • November 2011

    Cellist Yo-Yo Ma, cellist and founder of the Silk Road Project, is the cover star for our North America-themed issue, which includes reports on the Marlboro summer festival and the Lafayette Quartet. Hilary Hahn gives her thoughts on the Ives Sonata no.3 and there’s an interview with Joseph Silverstein of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

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  • October 2011

    We celebrate the 300th anniversary of Guadagnini’s birth with a look at the master maker’s mysterious life. Tully Potter looks back on the life of Swiss violinist and teacher Aïda Stucki, and violist Geraldine Walther discusses Bartók’s Sixth Quartet.

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  • September 2011

    In a special edition on teaching, we talk to psychologists and string instructors about how students react to words of feedback, encouragement and criticism. Cello pedagogue Aldo Perisot talks to his former student, Ralph Kirshbaum, and Thomas Kemp analyses Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht. Plus a look at a groundbreaking instrument scheme in South Africa.

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  • August 2011

    Jan Vogler analyses Schumann’s Cello Concerto, Tully Potter reviews the career of Polish violinist Bronislaw Huberman, and we look back at some of the record-breaking sales for rare violins. Plus, tributes to cellist and teacher Bernard Greenhouse, who died in May 2011.

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  • July 2011

    This month’s issue features a detailed analysis of the ‘Plowden’ Guarneri ‘del Gesù’ violin, an interview with double bass pedagogue Evgeny Kolosov, an essay on the career of US violinist Maud Powell, tips on coping with desk partners, and interviews with Benjamin Hughes and Charles Mutter from the BBC Concert Orchestra.

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  • June 2011

    In our Benelux special, Dutch violinist Janine Jansen discusses her return to performing after an enforced break, there’s a focus on the string scene in Luxembourg and an examination of the Belgian string playing school. Mischa Elman is the subject of our Great Violinists feature, and William Conway advises on achieving balance in Shostakovich’s Piano Quintet.

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  • May 2011

    Violist and pedagogue Kim Kashkashian kicks off our viola special, in which we consider why this century is proving to be a halcyon era for the instrument. Steve Reich and David Harrington consider their myriad collaborations, there’s a focus on great violinist Jelly d’Arányi, and Peter Cropper hands on tips for playing Mozart’s K526 violin sonata.

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