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  • March 2011

    Stradivari’s ‘Messiah’, one of the most revered instruments ever made, gets a full appraisal including dendrochronological analysis. Fabio Biondi discusses Baroque performance and we examine the legacy of Czech violinist Jan Kubelík. Plus, interviews with Harrison Birtwistle, Christian Tetzlaff, Baiba and Lauma Skride, Philip Dukes and Lesley Robertson, as well as Daniel Hope’s practice diary.

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  • February 2011

    Violinist Lisa Batiashvili discusses her empathy with Shostakovich’s music and we discover what happens when top instruments are stolen. We also visit the Amsterdam Cello Biennale, explore the history of gut strings and appraise the career of Russian pedagogue Yuri Yankelevich. Plus, Norman Lebrecht asks whether concertmasters have lost their punch.

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  • January 2011

    We profile some of the young talents making a name for themselves in the string world, including Ray Chen, David Aaron Carpenter and Edicson Ruiz. Matthew Barley explains how to create a sound studio, and Matthew Rye reviews the career of Eugčne Ysa˙e.

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  • December 2010

    In an issue themed around the question of ‘Real or fake’, we speak to Dutch violinist André Rieu and consider his impact on the world of popular classics. Experts talk about spotting a fake Stradivari and we investigate the fake Baroque works written by modern composers. Plus, interviews with Jack Liebeck, Christian Ferras and Sheila Nelson.

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  • November 2010

    Jascha Heifetz is the cover star of our North America-themed issue, in which we examine his career Stateside. We ask whether there’s such a thing as an American string sound and talk to visionary quartet Ethel. Plus, Joseph Curtin on the ‘Vieuxtemps’ Guarneri ‘del Gesů’, and luthier Carl Becker’s favourite things.

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  • October 2010

    Gidon Kremer discusses a lifetime of pushing boundaries and Truls Mřrk talks about the things that mean most to him. Arnold Steinhardt celebrates Paganini’s legacy and Tully Potter explores the career of Adolf Busch. Plus, an analysis of the beautifully decorated ‘King Henry IV’ violin.

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  • September 2010

    We investigate the success of Venezuela’s El Sistema education programme in an education-themed edition, which also examines how conservatoires are catering for jazz students and asks luthiers how they entered their profession. There’s a look at the legacy of Russian pedagogue Nelli Shkolnikova and Orin O’Brien describes exercises for the double bass.

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  • August 2010

    In a Spanish-themed issue, we talk to the Casals Quartet and celebrate the career of violinist Pablo de Sarasate. Ara Malikian presents a guide to flamenco violin and three experts give their perspectives on Spanish lutherie. Plus, an investigation into musicians’ use of beta-blockers – are they destroying string playing?

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  • July 2010

    John Dilworth gives a personal guide to identifying violins and Carlo Chiesa examines the spectacular 1736 ‘Cessole’, ‘Teja–Ferni’ Guarneri ‘del Gesů’. We find out the best and worst airlines for travelling with instruments and bassist Gary Karr explains how to improve your technique by varying tempo. There’s also an interview with violinist Leila Josefowicz.

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