No. 159, May 2008


Checking In with Violinist Baiba Skride
With a rising stage career, a major-label deal, and a growing family, Latvian violinist Baiba Skride has something to sing about By Inge Kjemtrup

College Strings News
College students who are making headlines

Preparing for a Competition
Elena Urioste advises students to keep a sense of perspective By David Templeton

Career Advice: Learn to Compose
10 benefits of knowing composition in the real world By Anna Stafford

Sage Advice from Taichi Akutsu
Don't downplay the importance of ear training and pedagogy By Taichi Akutsu

Trio Time for Three Is a New Sensation
A group that blends Brahms and bluegrass with a rock-band sensibility By Emily Guendelsberger

Playing Strauss' Epic 'Don Quixote'
Richard Strauss' heroic epic 'Don Quixote' is the cellist's most noble challenge By Laurence Vittes

News & Notes
Calling it Quits The Alban Berg Quartet to split
The NY Phil travels to North Korea; violists prepare for a double feature in Arizona; string players celebrated at the Grammys; composer Liderman dies; and more; plus Bench Marks By Rory Williams

Play It!
Explore Paganini's colorful 'Polacca con variazioni' Charisma is key in playing this work By Maia Jasper

Letter From
Letter from North Korea New York Phil's landmark trip to North Korea proves to be a life-changing affair By Carter Brey

London's Musical Nursury Park Lane Group Young Artist's Series nurtures new talent By Inge Kjemtrup

On Record
Twinkle, Twinkle, Big Star Tsontakis' Violin Concerto No. 2 is enchanting
Daniel Hope's Mendelssohn; the world-premiere recording of the work of Valentin Silvestrov; and Brilliant Classics releases Szymon Goldberg eight-CD box set

In Print
There and Bach Again Edition Peters' Bach re-release
A method book for cellists; Vivaldi-inspired fiction; plus In Briefs

Your Instrument
Does Varnish Really Make a Difference? Varnishing an instrument is an art for luthiers. But what are the implications for the consumer? By Christopher Germain

New Products
New Products Electric-violin starter kits from Mark Wood Violins; and Atelier Morth takes titanium strings to the next level By Erin Shrader

Advertiser Index
Strings 159 Advertiser Index A list of the advertisers from the Strings May 2008 issue

Basquiat Strings Finds Success Nominated for Britain's prestigious Mercury Prize, this group is on its way up By Inge Kjemtrup

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