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Comment, opinions and reports from The Strad team and leading figures in the string world

Blogs Sunday, 21 October 2012

Theo Olof 1924–2012

Less than four months before his death, the veteran concertmaster spoke to Heather Kurzbauer about his long career at the forefront of Dutch classical music

Blessed with a sharp wit, keen insight and impeccable manners, Theo Olof was a delightful Renaissance man. As I spoke to him at his pleasant abode in the outskirts of his beloved Amsterdam on 21 June...

Blogs Saturday, 06 October 2012

The life and times of a historic London studio – part two

The private residence where some of the legendary players featured in the October issue of The Strad performed is under threat. Nicholas Lane revisits those glorious days – and nights – via first-hand accounts from the time

When read together, the variety of first-hand accounts, Music at MidnightOverture and Beginners by Eugene Goossens in 1950, My Young Years by Artur...

Blogs Tuesday, 02 October 2012

The life and times of a historic London studio – part three

The private residence where some of the legendary players featured in the October issue of The Strad performed is under threat. Nicholas Lane revisits those glorious days – and nights – via first-hand accounts from the time

To return to Lionel Tertis’s recollections: ‘It was my good fortune to meet Rubinstein when he was a young man in his twenties and I was in my thirties... He was a wonderful pianist... From...

Blogs Tuesday, 02 October 2012

The story behind the cover of The Strad’s October issue – part two

Designer Elma Aquino explains how the cover of the October issue took shape after the images had been chosen

Cover linesThe cover lines and position of the text is just as important as the cover image. The following elements had to be included: headline; guest editor Steven Isserlis; standfirst...

Blogs Friday, 28 September 2012

Feel the power

Peter Somerford reflects on measuring violin projection at the Paris blind-test

Rigorous is the first word that springs to mind when summing up yesterday's violin listening test in Paris – the follow-up to the Indianapolis blind-test of two years ago. How else to describe...

Blogs Thursday, 13 September 2012

Beware the impulse to do new stuff

A recent cultural theory backs up violin makers' love of the classics, reports Ariane Todes

In today’s culture, copying is seen in a negative way. Business, politics, consumerism – everything is driven by innovation, the need for new ideas, originality. This was part of the thesis...

Blogs Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Magic realism in Cambridge

Ariane Todes visits a course with practical aims

I always get summer course envy, especially around the time we put together the Summerplus supplement to our January issue, where we list all the exciting things for people to learn and do during the...

Blogs Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Sharing the knowledge

Ariane Todes is impressed by the openness of luthiers at the makers' workshops in Oberlin

String players might know the sleepy little university town of Oberlin, Ohio, for its conservatoire. Little do they know that during the summer months, some of the top violin and bow makers around the...

Blogs Sunday, 17 June 2012

When is a violin not a violin?

Musical museum curators face dilemmas when they display instruments, as Ariane Todes discovers

How do you feel when you see a musical instrument in a case in a museum? Most people feel upset, according to Judith Dehail, as I discovered when I chanced on the annual conference of musical museum...

Blogs Friday, 15 June 2012

Music of the heart

Ariane Todes listens to the children of Harlem’s Opus 118 project

I haven’t seen Music of the Heart, the 1999 film in which Meryl Streep plays a violin teacher struggling to keep open a strings programme in Harlem. But this evening, I watched the real thing ...

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