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

Blogs Wednesday, 01 May 2013

Strauss's 'Don Juan' viola part isn't supposed to sound like this, is it?

Ariane Todes discovers that sometimes it is acceptable to laugh at a viola player

Here at The Strad we love the viola – so much so that we've devoted our whole May issue to this most soulful and versatile of instruments.

But when someone showed me this ...

Blogs Tuesday, 30 April 2013

The May issue's Spotify playlist is an exclusive all-viola affair

Listen to tracks we've specially chosen to accompany our new viola-themed issue

The May issue of The Strad is all about the viola and we've put together a special playlist for you to bring our articles to sonic life and show off the instrument in all its glory.

Listen to...

Blogs Monday, 29 April 2013

Memories of János Starker 1924–2013

Ariane Todes recalls some fascinating conversations with the legendary cellist

There are many wonderful things about my job, but probably my favourite part is interviewing players who I've always regarded as heroes. Several conversations with János Starker, by phone and...

Blogs Wednesday, 17 April 2013

What do wine and violins have in common?

What can we learn about violin experiments from wine connoisseurs? Ariane Todes fills her glass in the name of research

I’ve taken part in a few violin blind tests in my time, but yesterday evening I experienced my first wine one, as part of the La Musica chamber music festival in Sarasota, Florida. It was billed...

Blogs Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Colin Davis 1927–2013: a personal tribute

Ariane Todes reflects on the great conductor’s generosity with amateur musicians

There are many things to be said about the late Colin Davis as a conductor and many people better qualified than I to say them. My perspective is that of the amateur musician – and we’re...

Blogs Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Pauline Scott recalls Ivan Galamian's inspirational teaching

'You weren’t aware of him or of yourself. The focus was entirely on what you were doing'

In the March issue of The Strad, violin teacher Pauline Scott, recently retired from Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, answers questions on her techniques for our Ask the Teacher feature...

Blogs Tuesday, 19 February 2013

No more excuses

Sally Beamish says that music schools must confront the issue of sexual exploitation

The suicide of violinist Frances Andrade after she testified against the teacher who abused her highlighted the psychological scars borne by victims of sexual exploitation at music schools. Sally Beamish...

Blogs Monday, 11 February 2013

Hear no evil, see no evil?

Music education institutions must take responsibility for setting clear boundaries in student-teacher relationships, argues Ariane Todes

The fresh tragedy surrounding violinist Frances Andrade, who committed suicide after testifying against the music teacher who abused her, and the subsequent avalanche of allegations in the last days...

Blogs Friday, 08 February 2013

What happened to Ginette Neveu's Stradivari?

Ariane Todes goes into The Strad Archive to find out

Our friends over at were just asking what happened to Ginette Neveu's instruments following the terrible air accident that killed the violinist in 1949. Here is what Pierre Ruhe wrote...

Blogs Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Leonidas Kavakos Masterclass

The Greek virtuoso shared his wisdom with Guildhall students. Ariane Todes reports back

Leonidas Kavakos gave an incisive masterclass last night at Guildhall School as part of the Centre for Orchestra there. In front of a packed house he heard three students, giving them his full attention...

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