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

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 ...

Blogs Monday, 11 June 2012

Cultural Learnings from the Big Apple

Ariane Todes sampled a variety of musical offerings last week in New York

Someone just asked me which has the better classical music scene – London or New York. It’s a tough call, but after a month in New York, and on the basis of my outings over the last week...

Blogs Monday, 14 May 2012

The editor in New York: week one

Ariane Todes visits some iconic New York venues

It’s already the end of my first week here in New York, and I’m settling in nicely, working out the difference between uptown and downtown, and learning that asking for ‘warder&rsquo...

Blogs Tuesday, 08 May 2012

The tortoise and the frog

Ariane Todes arrives in the US without her tortoiseshell bow but ready for an American adventure

I’ve arrived in New York at the start of my ten-week US sabbatical, with my violin but without my beloved tortoiseshell-mounted Hill bow. On advice I decided it was too risky to bring it through...

Blogs Friday, 06 April 2012

Maxim Vengerov at the Wigmore Hall

Ariane Todes reports on the violinist’s return to the concert platform

The returns queue at the Wigmore Hall was out the door tonight for the return of the decade so far. After four years off the concert circuit, Maxim Vengerov was back in the house. And it was good to...

Blogs Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Gregor Piatigorsky

Ariane Todes delves into The Strad Archive and discovers conflicting views of the great cellist

Since my trip to Los Angeles for the Piatigorsky Festival, and my total immersion in the work of his former students and devotees, I’ve developed a little obsession with the great cellist. This...

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