No. 240, April 2015

No. 240, April 2015

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Bach & Beyond

Lisa Batiashvili is promoting a new Escaich concerto for violin and oboe

By Laurence Vittes

The Teacher

Bigger-than-life cellist and educator Frans Helmerson dispenses tailor-made, no-nonsense advice to his students

By Inge Kjemtrup

Border Crossing

There’s a bright future ahead for mariachi, the passionate (and sometimes maligned) music of Mexico

By Karen Peterson

Special Focus on: Contemporary Instruments & Bows

Where the Customer Always Comes First

Many of the world’s greatest violinists beat a path to Samuel Zygmuntowicz’s Brooklyn workshop

By Bruce Hodges

Great Bows Under $4,000

With a little shopping and research, savvy bow shoppers can find great bargains from contemporary makers

By Richard Ward

The Copycats

A copy of a fine stringed instrument remains a passionate and practical choice for many musicians

By Richard Ward

News & Notes

Cellist Matt Haimovitz’s new Beethoven set launches affiliation with Dutch label; violinist Stefan Jackiw’s premiere of David Fulmer’s Jubilant Arcs for violin and orchestra; and more; plus Milestones, and 5 minutes with concert violinist Gil Shaham


Violist Jessica Meyer: Why I play contemporary music 

Strings 101

A string player’s guide to orchestral phrasing

Master Class

In appreciation of Douglas Moore’s collection of forgotten 19th-century violin and cello duets

Practice Makes Perfect

Jessica Bodner of the Parker Quartet on building a solid foundation

Teaching Strings

Galamian student Paul Makanowitzky taught sound production for soloists—with lessons that apply to all string players

Strings Trade

New rules for flying with an instrument remove mystery for musicians and airlines; new monograph series examines Treasures of Italian Violin Making; and more

Your Instrument

For some in the bow trade, the recent ivory ban underscores the trouble with political correctness

Ask the Expert

Can a carbon-fiber bow be re-cambered?

What’s in the Case

Stefan Jackiw finds his 1704 Vincenzo Rugeri violin a versatile vessel


On Record Newly reissued historic recordings helped trigger a surge of interest in Haydn quartets; and more On Stage Pallade Musica delivers a confident performance of ancient music

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