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A close look at the work of great and unusual makers


In Budapest at the turn of the 20th century, the most important violin making centres were Mihaly Remenyi’s workshop on Kiraly Street, and the one founded by Pal Pilat at Ferenc Liszt Square. At that time Hungarian music was in the ascendent, with Joseph Szigeti, Jeno Hubay, Ede Remenyi and Ede Zathureczky enjoying international careers. Artists such as these would bring their Italian instruments to Budapest for repair, allowing the city’s luthiers to study them, and the influence of these makers can be seen in their own work.

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We explore the life of viola pedagogue Karen Tuttle and investigate the potential for Chinese tonewood. Augustin Hadelich takes us through Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in Masterclass and we examine Pablo Casals’s approach to vibrato. Plus Leonidas Kavakos’s Sentimental Work