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Mafalda Santos cello

Peabody Conservatory, Johns Hopkins University, Maryland

I met my current cello teacher, Amit Peled, when he came to Portugal to give a masterclass. I knew then that I wanted to study with him but was reluctant to apply to colleges in the US since they seemed so expensive. He persuaded me, though, and in the end I was lucky enough to win a full scholarship. I’d met some people who’d studied at Peabody before but the first time I saw the school myself was the day I moved in. It was a bit of a blind date! The campus is in a very nice part of Baltimore -from all the beautiful old buildings you can tell you’re at the oldest conservatory in the country, but we’re not far from the city centre and only ten minutes by bus from the main Johns Hopkins site.

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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