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The Israeli violinist finds a sense of nostalgia for his childhood home of Riga, Latvia, in Pteris Vasks’ ‘Distant Light’ Violin Concerto

When I was three, my family moved from Ukraine to Riga, Latvia. Although we emigrated to Israel when I was 16 I still have many friends in Riga and often go back to the city to perform - I have a deep nostalgia for the land where I grew up. As soon as I heard Latvian composer Peteris Vasks’ First Violin Concerto ‘Distant Light’, I fell in love. It’s an extraordinary work, full of the melodies of the Latvian language and the music I associate with my childhood - which, for everyone, embodies a special place of security.

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We conclude our investigation of Stradivari’s moulds and examine some radical teaching methods. Vadim Gluzman, Philip Dukes and Matthew Barley are interviewed and there’s our annual Accessories supplement, featuring carbon fibre bows, wolf eliminators, mutes and lots more.