No. 242, June 2015

No. 242, June 2015

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Power Play

What’s violist Lawrence Power doing with a violin? 

By Inge Kjemtrup

A Legacy of Playing It Forward

Benning Violins is helping to make a difference in the lives of nuns, orphans, and hardened inmates alike

By Karen Peterson

SPECIAL FOCUS: Competitions—from 3 Sides Now

How to Be a Better Competitor

Competing this year? Check out these tips and tricks from experienced string musicians for getting the most out of your performance

Compiled by Heather K. Scott

Audiences Welcome

Competitions aren’t just for competitors—

these events offer wonderful performances and other opportunities to the local community

By Laurie Niles

From the Judges’ Table

Judges of the ASTA Solo Competition share the view from their seats

By Karen Peterson

News & Notes

Record king David Geffen lands Avery Fisher Hall naming rights; British violinist Anthony Marwood appointed principal artistic partner of Les Violons du Roy; the last sheet-music store in NYC closes; and more; plus Milestones, and 5 minutes with cellist Oliver Aldort

Letter from South Korea

The island music fest in Jeju, South Korea, is helping to ignite the nation’s chamber-music scene

Wise Words

Drummer Lewis Nash on Ron Carter’s enduring musicianship

Strings 101

How to release your inner musicality

Master Class

In praise of the sprawling wonder that is the Tchaikovsky Piano Trio 

Practical Musician

Audiences can be noisy—learn how professionals handle performance distractions

Teaching Strings

7 tips for teaching in the short term

Strings Trade

Two makers detail classic Cremonese building techniques in a free, downloadable book; new book reveals Koen Padding’s notes on classic varnish techniques, history, and concepts; priest pleads guilty to conspiring to recover mob boss’ hidden violin; China bans some ivory imports for one year; and more

Your Instrument

It may just be a thin piece of maple, but everything about your instrument radiates out from the bridge

Ask the Expert

Bow bug infestation! Now what?

What’s in the Case?

Rachel Barton Pine found her perfect match with a late Guarneri violin

New Products

Popular US bass maker steps into cello making; Wood Violins introduces the Nashville; Meisel unveils instrument stands; AcuraMeister releases InSight Violin & Viola Endpin


In Print Schubert’s Octet got very little fanfare during his lifetime, but has founda second life as a chamber-music favorite On Disc David Garrett delivers the goods on Paganini film score; and more 


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