No. 254, June 2016

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A Streak of Independence

Violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja on art, interpretation, and musical commitment

By Laurence Vittes

 

An American (Bow Maker) in Paris

A trip to France reveals treasures of the past, and inspiration for the future

By Matt Wehling

 

Brave New Work

Five composer-performers talk artistic vision and grand tradition

By Cristina Schreil

 

SPECIAL FOCUS

Fiddling

 

Ancestral Roots

Eileen Ivers connects North American folk idioms to their Irish-fiddling origins

By Bob Doerschuk

 

Moving Target

Fiddler Elana James pins down 5 keys to Western swing

By Patrick Sullivan

 

Nashville Dreams

These four fiddlers contribute to the evolving sound of country fiddle

By Bob Doerschuk

 

Editor’s Note

 

News & Notes

Fiddler Jason Anick on Gypsy jazz and his latest album with quartet ‘Travels’; London spring 2016 auction results; AFVBM to meet in Berkeley; plus Milestones, 5 minutes with violinist Edward Dusinberre, and more

 

Curtain Call

New York Philharmonic bassist Orin O’Brien on Mahler’s Symphony No. 4

 

What’s in the Case?

Rushad Eggleston’s cello has been patched up and cracked again, but he wouldn’t change a thing

 

Tales of the Trade

Charting Luis & Clark founder’s long journey

 

Your Instrument

Finding the source of a buzz, rattle, and funny sound in your violin, viola, cello, or bass doesn’t have to make you crazy

 

New Products

Acoustic Electric Strings’ latest four-string violin has the body of a five-string; D’Addario’s humidity tracking system; and more

 

On My Music Stand

Violinist James Ehnes finds a range of emotions in Beethoven’s late string quartet

 

My Studio

Helping students play the music they love, while learning the technique they need

 

Rep Prep

The iconic Elgar Cello Concerto requires the mastery of a different sort of spiccato

 

REVIEWS

Violinist Benjamin Beilman on his first record, ‘Spectrum.' On Record: Violinist Alina Ibragimova and period-instrument ensemble Arcangelo explore Bach’s violin concertos, and more. Onstage: Ray Chen delivers an illustrative Scottish Fantasy. In Print: Dvorak’s Romance, Op. 11, for violin and piano offers soaring melodies, and more.

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