FOCUS

Ariane Todes selects her favourite stories and interviews from The Strad website and beyond

Focus Monday, 23 December 2013

Our 13 most-read focus pieces and blogs from 2013

A look back at The Strad’s most-read focus articles and blog posts this year reveals a wide range of interests, from hardy perennial questions on subjects like injury avoidance, how often to change...

Focus Sunday, 22 December 2013

How to develop great performing presence

Great stage actors have an aura of positive energy and openness that string players can access, too. Acting coach Patsy Rodenburg tells Ariane Todes how

Sometimes it takes a person with a different perspective to be honest and objective. Voice and acting coach Patsy Rodenburg has worked with some of the biggest names in theatre, film and TV, and for...

Focus Sunday, 22 December 2013

From the archive: how to annoy a great composer

In an extract from his memoirs, published in The Strad, January 1914, orchestral violinist William Quirke recalls Richard Wagner’s arrival in London in 1877 for a series of concerts of his own work

“RECOLLECTIONS OF A VIOLINIST” BY W. M. QUIRKE THE immortal Wagner is coming to London when at the zenith of his glory. A large orchestra is engaged for a series of ten ...

Focus Friday, 20 December 2013

A lifetime of achievements: pioneering American violinist Maud Powell

Karen Shaffer celebrates the groundbreaking US performer, whose consummate skill and communicative abilities impressed aficionados and the general public alike

An energetic pioneer of classical music in North America, Maud Powell won over the US public with her stylish playing, tireless enthusiasm for touring, innovative recital programming and robust good...

Focus Thursday, 19 December 2013

Can you tell a fake instrument from the genuine article?

With more and more instrument forgeries finding their way on to the market, how do experts, dealers and buyers stay wise to deception? Femke Colborne finds out

How do you tell a Stradivari from a forgery; a Guarneri from a phony; an Amati from an amateur? It’s a question that has occupied luthiers, dealers and players all over the world for centuries...

Focus Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Drawing the line with student–teacher relationships

A string player discusses the contentious issue of student–teacher relationships in and out of the conservatoire. Where does responsibility lie?

Music students are surely one of the most vulnerable sections of the student body. With one-to-one tuition an essential part of their education, as their tutors exhort them to express their emotions...

Focus Monday, 16 December 2013

12 inspiring quotes about string playing

2013: twelve great issues of The Strad; twelve great cover stars. Here are some of the pieces of wisdom and inspiration they shared with us:

1 &lsquo...

Focus Wednesday, 11 December 2013

10 things you need to know about the string world

Your rough guide to the string music business

1 House surveys are standard practice, so why not instrument surveys?

The case of the violin dealer Dietmar Machold shows how easily some musicians will part with money...

Focus Tuesday, 10 December 2013

German cellist Maria Kliegel on her mission to meet Nelson Mandela

She tells Naomi Sadler why she spent two years on a quest to present the late former South African president with a musical homage

How many of us have read an inspiring book, wished we could meet the author, but dismissed the idea as impossible? Not German cellist Maria Kliegel. After reading Nelson Mandela’s autobiography...

Focus Friday, 06 December 2013

A luthier's tribute to Nelson Mandela

Inspired by South Africa’s Nobel Peace Prize winners, luthier Brian Lisus made a quartet of instruments that could spread a message of reconciliation and help some of the world’s poorest children to make music. Peter Somerford traces its evolution

On 15 October 1993 Nelson Mandela was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. So too was the man who had ordered his release from prison three years earlier, F.W. de Klerk. The prize acknowledged the efforts...

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