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On the beat

News and events from around the world this month

A question for the ages

Does respecing the value of old instruments mean they should be played less oten? Luthiers, museum curators and foundaiontheads debate the age-old quesion

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A violin made for the exhibiion by Tim Duerinck

A group of luthiers and academics in Belgium has called on musicians to consider playing on old instruments less frequently and intensively, so that they can be better preserved for future generations. Publishing their appeal to coincide with the Queen Elisabeth Competition for violin, which since 1997 has ofered its grand prize winner the loan of the 1708 ‘Huggins’ Stradivari for four years, luthiers Tim Duerinck and Pieter Goossens, along with two professors at the University of Ghent and the cellist Benjamin Glorieux, questioned whether the constant desire to play andthear such instruments has overtaken concerns for their preservation

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About The Strad

Antoine Tamestit discusses his new recordings and we examine his viola, the 1672 ‘Gustav Mahler’ Stradivari. There’s a look at string teaching in Uganda and we have interviews with Sol Gabetta, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Gary Hoffman, Natalie Clein – and many more!