No. 255, July 2016

No. 255, July 2016

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Breaking Down Walls

Violinist Colin Jacobsen on the latest release from Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, and the group’s journey to the silver screen

By David Templeton


Poetry in Motion

On the making of Bows 1500 and 1515

By Benoît Rolland


50 Years of Mostly Mozart

The venerable New York festival celebrates a birthday

By Martin Steinberg



Buyer’s Guide


City Slickers

An urban musician’s guide to practicing in crammed apartments—and navigating the busy streets

By Cristina Schreil


Finding the Right Fractional

What to expect when shopping for a small instrument

By Richard Ward


Buyer’s Guide Directory

Strings’ annual guide to shops, dealers, makers, and more


Editor’s Note


News & Notes

Elmar Oliveira creates new, ‘non-cutthroat’ violin competition to foster career development; music world mourns jazz pioneer David Baker; 300-year-old ‘Joachim-Ma’ Strad violin gifted to NEC; plus Milestones; 5 minutes with the Calidore Quartet; and more


News Spotlight

London correspondent Inge Kjemtrup’s report from the Menuhin Violin Competition


Letter from New Orleans

A moment of clarity leads to a big move to post-Katrina New Orleans


Curtain Call

Violinist Sarah Chang on the drama, passion, and intensity of the Brahms Concerto


Tales of the Trade

Cellist Mike Block’s path to unlocking the instrument’s potential required a new piece of gear


What’s in the Case?

Alexander Hanna’s Italian and French basses add different seasonings to his sound


Your Instrument

In the art of bass bars, there are no exact measurements to live by, just experienced craftsmanship


On My Music Stand

Playing Joe Chindamo’s Toccata for Solo Violin


My Studio

How a book and an experiment resulted in an unorthodox—and effective—approach to sound production


Rep Prep

Using Vittorio Monti’s Czárdás to practice navigating long shifts



For the Record: Violinist Francesca dePasquale explores a variety of composers on her debut album. On Record: Rachel Barton Pine’s recording of Bach’s Sonatas & Partitas sparkles with passion and attention to detail; and more.

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