No. 239, March 2015

No. 239, March 2015

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Natural High 

Janine Jansen is right at home pairing Bach with the premiere of a modern violin concerto 

By Laurence Vittes

Pine’s Time

Rachel Barton Pine opens up about tackling Mozart, becoming a confident cadenza composer, and being a mom

By Whitney Phaneu

The Pablo

Pablo Casals’ 1733 Goffriller is the crown jewel of cellos

By Martin Steinberg

Special Focus on: 2015 Summer Study Guide

Rambling Around the New England Festival Scene

Or what I did on my last summer vacation 

By Sarah Freiberg

Annual Summer Study Guide

Our annual summer guide to workshops, seminars, music camps & more!

News & Notes

The Knights continue to mature as a chamber-music force; Silk Road Ensemble hits the road; and more; plus Milestones, and 5 minutes with the Cypress String Quartet

News Spotlight

Remembering violinist and educator Mark Sokol, 1946–2014


Chargeaux is a violin and viola duo that’s doing it their own way

 Strings 101

Getting contradictory information on bow-arm technique? Try to tap into your instincts

Master Class

The Russian teaching method: its inception, evolution, and application

Practical Musician

Beyond the urtext—successful interpretations require research and creativity

 Teaching Strings

10 ways to boost your school orchestra’s musicianship

Strings Trade

Differences between auction houses and buyers blur as auctions gain popularity; Charles Beare is back in the market; new study explores the Golden Age of Neapolitan violins; and more

Your Instrument

Your humidifier might be the best friend your fiddle ever had

Ask the Expert

A cellist ponders the pros and cons of those mini-bass tuners

What’s in the Case

The soul of Danjuro Ishizaka’s 1730 ‘Feuermann’—one of Stradivari’s last cellos

 New Products

Cremona ups its game in the beginner to step-up set; Krentz String Works Modulator; and more


Discs Turtle Island delivers the goods on their latest chamber-jazz disc; and more In Print Matt Glaser’s new fiddle book melds the familiar into a new musical language; and other editions

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