No. 118, April 2004


Period Peace
Violinist Viktoria Mullova joins the world of gut strings and Baroque bows. By Inge Kjemtrup 

What Viktoria Mullova Plays By Inge Kjemtrup

Kamancheh Meister
Kayhan Kalhor takes Iranian spike-fiddle playing to new heights By James Keough

What Kayan Kalhor Plays
By James Keough

Young Lions of Lutherie
A new generation picks up the tools of the trade By Kevin McKeough

Going to Extremes
Plugging in can open up a whole new world of sound By Jim Aikin

Elements of Sound
Carbon-fiber bows gain ground with a growing cadre of cellists By Heather K. Scott

News & Notes
Danish Treat Announcement of Carl Nielsen competition

Making Their Mark Black Eyed Peas hip-hop group uses ZETA electric stringed instruments at the 2004 Grammy Awards By Greg Cahill

Musical Chairs John Axelrod appointment; Quartet San Francisco goes to Mills College

Stage Rage Cellist Stephen Isserlis vents about cell phones and other concert hall disruptions

The Write Stuff Unsuk Chin wins 2004 Grawemayer Award

Hot Fiddle Sixth annual Monumental Fiddling Championship announcement

In Memory of Jacques Pierre Francais Obit for luthier and dealer Jacques Francais

News Spotlight
Listening with Ten Ears At 100, cellist and educator Elsa Hilger is still making beautiful music. Profile of educator and cellist Elsa Hilger at 100 By Margaret Bartley

Strings 101
Finding Your Voice A few pointers on getting jazzed about alternate style. Christian Howes and Matt Glaser offer tips about jazz violin By James Reel

Play It!
Heartstrings Paul Coletti writes viola music from the heart. Paul Coletti discusses his original viola piece "From the Heart" By Helen Callus

Master Class
Modern Art Taking the fear out of learning contemporary music. Jennifer Koh and Scott Kluksdahl discuss the challenges of playing contemporary music with approaches for demystifying it By James Reel

Letter From
On Top, Down Under By Robert Markow

In Print
New Old Quartets Long-forgotten gems sparkle in new editions. Various editions are reviewed, including George Onslow, Madalena Lombardini and Reynaldo Hahn By Sarah Freiberg

The Celtic Fiddler Review of Edward Huws Jones edition By Mary Nemet

On Record
Mendelssohn, Panufnik, Takemitsu Review of Alexander Sitkovetsky disc By Edith Eisler

Taking It to the Max Chloe Hanslip soars on a Bruch warhorse CD review of British violinist Chloe Hanslip's Max Bruch Violin Concertos, No. 1 in G minor and No. 3 in D minor By Mary Nemet

Rare Rags and Stringband Blues CD of 1920s and 1930s string band music by Adam Tanner and the Dirty Rag Mob By Greg Cahill

Saint Saens' Carnival of the Animals Capucon Brothers 2004 CD By Edith Eisler

Short Takes Reviews of Amsterdam Sinfonietta (Tchaikovsky, Souvenir de Florence); The New Goldberg Variations (various artists); and Cleveland Quartet's Beethoven String Quartets By Greg Cahill

Strings Quartets, No. 7 and 10, Ernst Toch Ernst Toch string quartets By Greg Cahill

Two Debuts from American Master Elliot Carter DVD of Arditti Quartet performance of Elliot Carter's Quintets and Voices By Greg Cahill

Your Instrument
Heirloom or Junk? The flea-market fiddle: Say, that's a good buy! Or say goodbye to your cash? Tips on evaluating a yard-sale fiddle By Stephen Perry

New Products
Notable Software Sibelius introduces new composition, publication, and notation software Plus, JT Twist Carbon-fiber endpin; ARY France carbon-fiber bow; and Fine Future music page turner By Heather K. Scott

Weird Science Contrabassist Mark Dresser has a real flair for innovation. Mark Dresser's world overlaps jazz and classical By Derk Richardson

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