No. 236, December 2014
No. 236, December 2014

No. 236, December 2014

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Eyes Wide Shut

A decade after her career took flight, violinist Arabella Steinbacher still closes her eyes onstage, but never loses her way 

By Inge Kjemtrup

Bound for Boston

Juilliard violist and Texas-fiddle champ David Wallace takes the reins at

Berklee’s string department

By Rory Williams


’Tis the Season—for Mahler and Sentimental Memories

12 string players share their thoughts about their most beloved musical gifts and those elusive wish-list items

By Heather K. Scott

A Season of Giving: How to Donate an Old Violin

Want to get into the holiday spirit?

Consider a gift to a non-profit string organization

By Heather K. Scott

Playing a Jazzy Holiday Classic for string Quartet

“We Three Kings,” jazzed up for string quartet. With 10 pages of music to play

Arranged by Irene Sazer

News & Notes

Zuill Bailey shines in the Muhly-Bloch album; violin takes a backseat to the electric guitar; and more, plus 5 minutes with Diana Cohen

 News Spotlight

The results of the 2014 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis underscore extraordinary measures taken to ensure fair judging 


Kyung-Wha Chung performs again in London after being sidelined by injury


Strings 101

Learning to play musically

Master Class

Recalling the inspiration behind the Shostakovich Piano Trio No. 2

The curious case of the Vitali Chaconne 

Practice Makes Perfect

Tracy Silverman: Keeping it clean

The curious case of the Vitali Chaconne 

Teaching Strings

Science and the art of the violin

Strings Trade

Of blind-fold tests & other wonders at the 2014 Violin Society of America confab, plus results of the VSA instrument & bow-making competition

Your Instrument

Your cello is not a skateboard!

Ask the Expert

Should I opt for a self-adjusting violin or viola bridge?

What’s in the Case?

A unique Vuillaume with a noble pedigree

New Products

Pirastro wades into the deep end of violin exotica with a pair of new shoulder rests; D’Addario’s NS Micro Violin Tuner; 

Otto Musica’s violin and cello cases


Discs Markus Wagner’s tribute to composer-cellists; and more In Print An urtext that solves the problems of a popular cello transcription; and more




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