No. 280, August 2018
Stringletter

No. 280, August 2018

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A New World

On the benefits of starting cello lessons at age 63

By Judy Pollard Smith

 

Lifelong Wish

It’s never too late to pick up an instrument—here are 5 tips for adult beginners

By Miranda Wilson

 

Better Together

Encouragement and advice for advancing amateur orchestral musicians

By Emily Wright

 

How to Start an Adult Chamber-Music Ensemble

These tips can help ensure a successful experience

By Greg Cahill

 

Leonard Bernstein at 100

Celebrating the legendary composer-conductor’s string works and unbridled loyalty to the music

By Thomas May

 

Journey to the Highlands

Joshua Bell’s new recording with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields pairs Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 with ‘Scottish Fantasy’

By Inge Kjemtrup

 

Prized Possessions

String players and makers on their most sentimental string-related items

Compiled by Stephanie Powell & Megan Westberg

 

Editor’s Note

 

News & Notes

Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason performs at the royal wedding; plus Milestones; 5 Minutes with Roberto Díaz, and more

 

Letter From India

Violinist Cassandra Sotos on touring in India and South Africa with Bollywood star Arijit Singh

 

Shop Talk

Violin and viol maker Gabriela Guadalajara on her varnishing process

 

What’s in the Case?

Violinist Elena Urioste discusses her 1706 Alessandro Gagliano

 

Your Instrument

A well-made peg is a thing of beauty, not just function

 

New Products

Gewa partners with Ray Chen on a signature case, and more

 

On My Music Stand

Violist Clifton Harrison on the timeless qualities of Ives’ String Quartet No. 2

 

Tech Support

Developing structure and flexibility in your bow hold

 

My Studio

Achieving all my professional goals made me realize I had chosen the wrong profession

 

Stage & Studio

Songwriting advice from Carrie Rodriguez, Amanda Shires, and Carla Kihlstedt

 

REVIEWS

For the Record: Duo Gazzana on the premiere recording of Ligeti’s ‘Duo’ for violin and piano. In Print: Gershwin’s ‘Lullaby’ blends classical and jazz for string quartet, and more.

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