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Editor’s letter

ANGELA LYONS

The Shanghai Quartet celebrates its 35th anniversary during the 2018–19 concert season – an impressive milestone by any standards, but even more so considering that when the group first formed in its native China, Western chamber music was virtually unknown there. The story of the quartet’s founding – motivated by a simple desire to visit the UK – is a fascinating one, and testament to the value of hard work and ambition. But perhaps even more interesting is the group’s continuing mission to educate Chinese audiences and students about the value of chamber repertoire – and equally to introduce Western audiences to Chinese folk music through the attractive arrangements of second violinist Yi-Wen Jiang. The quartet is in fact a perfect example of how music can engage, educate, and bring together those from different cultures, as I discover on page 30.

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The Shanghai Quartet celebrates its 35th anniversary and we hand on some yoga tips for string players. There’s an in-depth look at Stradivari’s working methods and Shostakovich’s violin works. Plus Maxim Rysanov’s Life Lessons and Rivka golani’s Sentimental Work