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Editorís letter
That the fresh-faced and vibrant Sarah Chang has reached
Contributors
JOSEPH CAMPANELLA CLEARY (Making Matters, page 78)
SOUNDPOST
Letters, emails, online comments
FRONT
Reduce, reuse, recycle
In these environmentally aware times, players will be conscious of the long-term impact of the strings they’re using. What are manufacturers doing to set their minds at rest?
CITES exempts musical instruments from rosewood permit system
The 2019 CITES conference concluded with a significant
Hilary Hahn donates $25,000 award to music education charity
Violinist Hilary Hahn has chosen the Philadelphia-based
In plain sight
Less is more in this study of transparency and texture
Life lessons
The British violinist on the changing landscape of string playing and what modern instruments can offer top players
INTO THE MAINSTREAM
In the years since Gregor Piatigorsky first set out to boost the cello’s profile, the instrument has seen a massive growth in popularity, particularly through the efforts of crossover artists, says Yoshika Masuda
Marathon in the mountains
At the 13th Banff International String Quartet Competition ten young ensembles, their members all under 35 years of age, rose to the challenge of performing a vast amount of wide-ranging repertoire, reports Laurinel Owen
FEATURES
TURNING OVER A NEW LEAF
Since her professional debut almost 30 years ago, Sarah Chang has maintained a glittering solo performing and recording career. But, as she tells Charlotte Smith, her more recent desire to take on ‘passion projects’ has led to fulfilling chamber and contemporary collaborations
BRIGHT YOUNG THINGS
The New York String Orchestra Seminar, one of America’s first orchestral training programmes for young musicians, celebrated its 50th anniversary in December 2018. Bruce Hodges attended rehearsals and concerts of the landmark season, and looks ahead to the ensemble’s December 2019 edition
FIRST CLASS
Despite achieving a high level of quality, the American bow makers of the early 20th century have languished in obscurity – until now. Raphael Gold explores the lives of Frank Kovanda, Ernst Lohberg and Anders Halvarson, who all learnt their craft in the Chicago workshop of William Lewis & Son
Defining a NATION
For many classical enthusiasts Brazilian music can be summed up in the folk-inspired compositions of Villa-Lobos. Naxos’s multivolume series The Music of Brazil is set to broaden awareness, beginning with several 19th- and 20th-century composers whose string and orchestral works at once mirrored and defied their country’s colonial history, writes Peter Quantrill
VIEWS ON THE BRIDGE
In the second of two articles on set-up, Joseph Curtin investigates the acoustical role of the violin bridge and the interconnected relationships between mass, frequency and resonance
REGULARS
PAOLO GUADAGNINI
A close look at the work of great and unusual makers
Arching, channelling and edgework
A method that unites all three parts of the making process, for a more coherent and efficient way of working
MY SPACE
A peek into lutherie workshops around the world
MAKING MATTERS
Points of interest to violin and bow makers
STAMITZ FIRST VIOLA CONCERTO
Nils Mönkemeyer looks at how to tackle the challenges in the first movement of this important audition piece with style, panache and calm
TECHNIQUE
Tips to help you master a bow stroke vital for making a good impression at any orchestral audition
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BACH Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin
From the ARCHIVE
Marie Hall, seen here with her 1709 Stradivari, speaks exclusively to The Strad following a successful tour of South Africa
ALISA WEILERSTEIN
The climactic scene between Don Giovanni and his father the Commendatore was the American cellist’s bedtime listening for years – and has stayed with her for even longer