No. 257, September 2016

No. 257, September 2016

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Bonds of Friendship

For his latest release, Joshua Bell joins with longtime musical partners Steven Isserlis and Jeremy Denk to rediscover Brahms and unearth a Schumann rarity

By Thomas May


Strad Discovery

The many similarities with another example exhibited at the Chi Mei Museum in Taiwan provide unprecedented evidence of Stradivari’s case production in series

By Dimitri Musafia


To a Cello Legend, with Love

The second International Piatigorsky Cello Festival delivers all-star talent and a celebration of all things cello

By Stephanie Powell



College & Conservatory


Musical Merger

Students excited and concerned as two Boston music schools join forces

By Patrick Sullivan



Choosing the best college music program for you

By Cristina Schreil


There’s an App for That

5 apps for the college or conservatory string student

By Louise Lee


Editor’s Note


News & Notes

Klein Competition won by a bassist for the first time; the Kepler Quartet finishes recording Ben Johnston’s complete works for quartet; and more; plus 5 minutes with Stefan Jackie


News Spotlight

Electro-acoustic composer Mason Bates teams up with the San Francisco Symphony for ‘Works for Orchestra’


Curtain Call

Violinist Cassandra Sotos on a unique way of giving back


Tales of the Trade

Luthier Andrew Carruthers on his journey as a violin maker and leap to graphic design


Your Instrument

The importance and sophistication of purfling—and the dangers of making it in the bathtub of a New York apartment


New Products

Tonareli’s Scala Corta cello offers a full-size instrument with shorter string length, and Super-Sensitive’s new Red Label Pearl violin strings


On My Music Stand

Violinist Jennifer Koh on the creative space for exploration that Tchaikovsky’s works provide


My Studio

Help from a musical hero defined two important facets of Renata Bratt’s teaching career



On Record: The Cypress String Quartet disbands—after the group finishes recording Beethoven’s complete cycle, and more.

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