No. 141, August/September 2006


In the Realm of Possibilities
John Adams is America's composer laureate, so why does the thought of penning a cello concerto give him sweaty palms? By David Templeton

An American Tale
Carl Becker & Son is a part of a family dynasty of violin makers that spans three generations By Erin Shrader

Born to Teach
For nearly half a century, Janos Starker has guided cello players through the pitfalls of their craft By Katherine Millett

Toco Violin
A group of Texas Tech string teachers and grad students find hope and harmony on the humble streets of Tegucigalpa, Honduras By Bruce Wood

Primed to Play
Community orchestras can help you take your playing to the next level By Sarah Freiberg

2006 Music School Guide
Guide to Music-Degree-Granting Institutions Within the US and Outside the US, as well as a full listing of Community Schools of the Arts


News & Notes
The Cassatts Turn 20. Famed string quartet celebrates 20th birthday By Edith Eisler

Benchmarks. Ariel Quartet wins 2006 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition; Manhattan Piano Trio wins 2006 Plowman National Chamber Music Competition; Dan David Foundation awards Yo-Yo Ma $1 million; and more By Greg Cahill

Like a Fine Wine. Formosa Quartet takes first place in International String Quartet Competition. Second place goes to Sacconi Quartet. Zemlinsky Quartet takes third. Panel discussion on future of small ensembles includes Levon Chilingirian, Lawrence Power, Eckhart Runge By Inge Kjemtrup

Lost & Found. Two stolen instruments turn up: a 1595 Brothers Amati viola named The Medici and a Stradavari violin circa 1725 By Erin Shrader

State of the Art. The Juilliard School unveils Axiom, a new student-run chamber ensemble that will focus on playing 20th-century works By Tiffany Martini

Crescent City Rising. Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra returned to Louisiana in April with a 12-week spring schedule By Greg Cahill

Vintage Arts. Northern California chamber music series, Music in the Vineyards, pairs wine tasting with classical music performances. Series features Pacifica Quartet and Nobilis Trio By Tiffany Martini

News Spotlight
Both Sides Now. Cincinnati Symphony's two conductors are a study in contrasting styles By Laurence Vittes

Practical Musician
Be Your Own Boss. Freelancing offers independence but requires discipline and patience By Angela Myles Beeching

Play It!
Modern Gypsy. The perilous life of fiddler Josef Gaszi By Christopher Whiting

Master Class
And Everything Was Ragtime. The Lark Quartet explores William Bolcom's ghostly rags By James Reel

Using Their Inside Voices. Playing Schubert asks instrumentalists to find that inner vocalist By James Reel

Letter From
Conquering Vienna. Inge Kjemtrup visits the city that jilted some of music's greatest composers By Inge Kjemtrup

On Record
Baiba Skride: Bach Partita No. 2, Bartók Violin Sonata, Ysaÿe Sonata No. 1. By Edith Eisler

Portraits (Echoes of the People): Music by Nrdgren, Bruch, Bartók, Sallinen, Rautavaara, Grieg, and Jalkanen. Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra conducted by Juha Kangas By Laurence Vittes

Strictly Nadja. Nadja Salerno-Sonnenburg: Concertos in D major by Tchaikovsky and Assad. Nadja Salerno-Sonnenburg marks 25th anniversary with a bravura CD By Edith Eisler

Mozart: Piano Trios K. 502, 542, 548. Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin, André Previn, piano, Daniel Müller-Schott, cello By Edith Eisler

Schumann-Romance. Paul Neubauer, viola; Anne-Marie McDermott, piano By Laurence Vittes

Sergey Taneyev: Piano Quintet in G minor Op. 30 (1911); Pinao Trio in D major Op. 22 (1908). Vadim Repin, Ilya Gringolts, violins; Nobuko Imai, viola; Lynn Harrell, cello; Mikhail Pletnev, piano By Edith Eisler

Viola Trios: Ein Jahrhundert in Wien (music by Beethoven, Brahms, and Zemlinsky). Vidor Nagy, viola, Jürgen Gerlinger, cello, Carmen Piazzini, piano By Laurence Vittes

Beethoven: Sonatas and Variations for cello and piano. Bion Tsang, cello, Anton Nel, piano By Edith Eisler

In Print
Mind Over Matter. The Lobko Method: Concept and Study for the violinist by Mikhail Lobko. Newest installation once again asks readers to call upon feelings as much as their fingers By Edith Eisler

Mel Bay Presents The World's Hottest Fiddlers. Transcribed by Drew Beisswenger By Paul Anastasio

Tango by Allen Shawn. Arranged for violin and piano by John Van Buskirk and Tessa Petersen By Jeremy Cohen and Andrea Liguori

Rossi: 35 Selected Studies for String Bass. By Rudolph Kreutzer, Phillipe Libon, Joseph Mayseder, Giovanni Battista Polledro, Ludwig Spohr, and Pierre Rode. Edited by Thomas Martin By Paul Hormick

On Stage
Traveling Man. Roby Lakatos proves that he's more than just a violinist's violinist By Mai Kawabata

Cypress Quartet Hosts 10th Call and Response Concert. Annual series features familiar repertoire along with a new commissioned work By Scott MacClelland

Vadim Guzman's Unbridled Passion. The young Ukrainian violinist and his wife, the Latvian pianist Angela Yoffe, perform for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's "Accolades" recital series By Edith Eisler

Auction Highlights
It's Hammer Time. Golden period Strad strikes a star pose By Erin Shrader

New Products
The Swipe. A handy item that helps keep strings sounding better for longer. Plus, the Voce shoulder rest; Vision Viola, Thomastik-Infeld's first new viola string in 30 years; and Vivacello, a contemporary-looking cello endpin rest By Erin Shrader

One Hand Playing. Double bassist Edgar Meyer launches a Zen quest By Robert L. Doerschuk

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