No. 253, May 2016

No. 253, May 2016

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The Elements of Style

Young violinist Niklas Walentin is on the road to a high-octane career—via Ferrari

By Inge Kjemtrup


Unknown Quantity

No good music by women? An innovative chamber-music workshop challenges the myth

By Inge Kjemtrup


Musical Chairs

From rifleman to concertmaster, Stuart Canin looks back 90 years

By Cristina Schreil



A Player’s Guide to Boston


Love Story

Boston audiences show unusual devotion to chamber music—even if it involves trudging through a blizzard

By Gwen Krosnick


Home, Sweet Home

A violinist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra relives his roots

By Victor Romanul


The Early Bird

Historical performance is all the rage in Beantown

By Sarah Freiberg


A Fiddler’s Tale

San Francisco in my heart, Boston at my fingertips

By Laura Cortese


Editor’s Note


News & Notes

Cypress Quartet disbands after 20 years together; cellist Maya Beiser premieres new cello concerto with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra; plus Milestones; 5 minutes with violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins; and more


First Person

Jeremy Cohen’s genre-bending duets will have you playing outside of the box


Curtain Call

Violist Kim Kashkashian on Schubert, Bartók, and Armenian folk songs


What’s in the Case?

Andrea Zonn performs with big names, but fiddles with a no-name instrument


Tales of the Trade

Cello Month at Carriage House Violins shows the shop’s love for all things cello


Your Instrument

5 common instrument problems and how to prevent them


New Products

D’Addario’s Kaplan Amo & Vivo viola strings; iString app that locates essential string services; Götz’ latest cello endpin holder; and more


My Studio

On the inspiration provided by adult students


On My Music Stand

Schoenberg’s ‘Verklärte Nacht’ for string sextet


Rep Prep

Bring color to Massenet’s “Meditation from ‘Thais’” by learning to vary your vibrato



Midori on the role of Bach in her life, and teaching his music to the next generation. On Record: Cellist Louise Dubin unearths works by Auguste Franchomme, and more. Onstage: Magnus Lindberg’s latest concerto finds the spark of life. In Print: Berg’s String Quartet, Op. 3.

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