No. 249, January 2016

No. 249, January 2016

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A Young Person’s Guide to the Solo Stage

Concert violinist Christian Tetzlaff’s advice to young musicians: ‘Stay away from what the violin offers easily’

By Jacqueline Vanasse


Rise and Shine

Fiddler Andrea Zonn’s sophomore album explores her writing and is full of all-star cameos

By Bob Doerschuk


Theory of Relativity

Cellist Sonia Wieder-Atherton’s multimedia performances reveal an eclectic worldview, and a sense of nuance courtesy of Rostropovich

By Martin Steinberg


Undercover: What’s in Your Instrument Case?

Readers share their case essentials


Crowdsource: Do You Use Different Rosins for Different Situations?

Readers chime in on how different rosins help them play their best


Experiment: Open Up Possibilities with New Strings

The tone and feel of a string is highly personal, so it pays to keep an open mind in your search for new possibilities


News & Notes

Shanghai Symphony Orchestra announces Isaac Stern Violin Competition; Juilliard School to open campus in China; and more; plus Milestones, and 5 minutes with cellist Jacob Shaw


News Spotlight

Violinist Quinton Morris produces short film on virtuoso Joseph Bologne 20 First Person An impromptu performance in a chapel channels anguish of past and present, and redemption


Wise Words

Violinist James Ehnes on his approach to performance


Holiday Gift-Guide Directory


Strings 101

6 ways to improve your détaché bow stroke; How the oldest debates in music education seek the same end—deep musical learning


Master Class

10 tips on learning the cello, exploring technique, and developing musicality


Master Class

Schubert’s String Quintet in C major, D. 956, stretched the harmonic language of the early-middle 19th century


Practice Makes Perfect

Cellist Astrid Schween maintains a balance with left-hand exercises


Teaching Strings

Stoking intrinsic motivation in a teenager can be tough, but science is here to help


Strings Trade

1732 Strad donated to Rachel Barton Pine Foundation; winners of the Violin Makers Association of Arizona International announced; and more


What’s in the Case?

A powerful 1769 Juan Guillami cello inspires Rachel Mercer to channel her own voice


Your Instrument

Much like their role in music, violas are diverse and non-standardized, and that’s a good thing


Ask the Expert

The story behind the plaster casts you might see at your violin shop



On Record: Crossing genres and decades, Christian Howes weaves a patriotic tapestry, and more. In Print: Technique, structure, and theories are examined in ‘Cello Practice, Cello Performance,’ and more.

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