No. 254, June 2016

No. 254, June 2016

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A Streak of Independence

Violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja on art, interpretation, and musical commitment

By Laurence Vittes


An American (Bow Maker) in Paris

A trip to France reveals treasures of the past, and inspiration for the future

By Matt Wehling


Brave New Work

Five composer-performers talk artistic vision and grand tradition

By Cristina Schreil





Ancestral Roots

Eileen Ivers connects North American folk idioms to their Irish-fiddling origins

By Bob Doerschuk


Moving Target

Fiddler Elana James pins down 5 keys to Western swing

By Patrick Sullivan


Nashville Dreams

These four fiddlers contribute to the evolving sound of country fiddle

By Bob Doerschuk


Editor’s Note


News & Notes

Fiddler Jason Anick on Gypsy jazz and his latest album with quartet ‘Travels’; London spring 2016 auction results; AFVBM to meet in Berkeley; plus Milestones, 5 minutes with violinist Edward Dusinberre, and more


Curtain Call

New York Philharmonic bassist Orin O’Brien on Mahler’s Symphony No. 4


What’s in the Case?

Rushad Eggleston’s cello has been patched up and cracked again, but he wouldn’t change a thing


Tales of the Trade

Charting Luis & Clark founder’s long journey


Your Instrument

Finding the source of a buzz, rattle, and funny sound in your violin, viola, cello, or bass doesn’t have to make you crazy


New Products

Acoustic Electric Strings’ latest four-string violin has the body of a five-string; D’Addario’s humidity tracking system; and more


On My Music Stand

Violinist James Ehnes finds a range of emotions in Beethoven’s late string quartet


My Studio

Helping students play the music they love, while learning the technique they need


Rep Prep

The iconic Elgar Cello Concerto requires the mastery of a different sort of spiccato



Violinist Benjamin Beilman on his first record, ‘Spectrum.' On Record: Violinist Alina Ibragimova and period-instrument ensemble Arcangelo explore Bach’s violin concertos, and more. Onstage: Ray Chen delivers an illustrative Scottish Fantasy. In Print: Dvorak’s Romance, Op. 11, for violin and piano offers soaring melodies, and more.

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