In their own words – top players and teachers talk exclusively to The Strad

Corina Belcea-Fisher

The first violinist of the Belcea Quartet shares her insights into music and quartet life

Baiba Skride

Home truths and inspirational teaching methods have had a profound effect on the Latvian violinist

Philippe Pierlot

The viola da gamba player's favourite recordings span everything from early music to bossa nova and avant-garde classics

Barbara Westphal

What makes a good teacher? The US violist recalls the best tutor she ever had

Barbara Meyer

A meeting with the first woman to be named German Master Violinmaker proved inspirational

Ani Kavafian

The violinist and professor considers what she would tell her younger self

John Largess

The viola player with the Miró Quartet shares the best advice he's ever been given

Derek Wilson

The violin maker tells us about his musical hero

Peter Buckoke

The double bass player of the Schubert Ensemble selects his favourite tracks

Andelko Krpan

The head of the Croatian branch of the European String Teachers Association reveals who he admires the most

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