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

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...

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...

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