No. 260, December 2016

No. 260, December 2016

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Back to the Future

Kronos Quartet kicks off the ambitious Fifty for the Future project and commissions 50 pieces in five years

By David Templeton


Measure for Measure

Bach’s works for solo violin and cello are the Shakespearean monologues of the string world

By Thomas May


Taste Test

Music and fine dining blend at the Crested Butte Music Festival

By Cristina Schreil


Holiday Gift Guide

How to shop for an instrument



Strings’ 30th Anniversary


State of the Arts

String stars on the joys and challenges of being professional musicians and their hopes for the future

Compiled by Stephanie Powell and Megan Westberg


State of the Craft

Contemporary makers on the trade today, how it relates to the past, and the way forward

Compiled by Stephanie Powell and Megan Westberg


30 Faces, 30 Years

A look back at what the string world had to say to ‘Strings’ over the past three decades

Compiled by Stephanie Powell and Megan Westberg


Editor’s Note


News & Notes

The Rolston String Quartet takes first at BISQC; entire Itzhak Perlman prize to be donated; plus Milestones; 5 minutes with violinist Nuné Melik, and more


First Person

Lara St. John on an unusual premiere—including flutters, streamers, and punches


Curtain Call

Violinist Christian Tetzlaff on the magic of the Brahms Violin Concerto


Tales of the Trade

Designer Ned Steinberger powers up the violin world


What’s in the Case?

Ralph Kirshbaum’s 1729 Montagnana cello delivers with a colorful history


Your Instrument

5 options for anchoring your cello’s endpin


New Products

A review of Eastman’s Josef Regh VL500 student-model violin, and more


On My Music Stand

Violinist Ryan Meehan of the Calidore Quartet tackles Mendelssohn’s emotionally charged dialogue


My Studio

Knowing the typical fixes doesn’t always contribute to better teaching



For the Record: The Neave Trio releases its debut album with diverse tracks that explore America’s melting pot. Onstage: The American Contemporary Music Ensemble rocks a New York City museum. On Record: Cellist Matt Haimovitz pairs Bach’s Cello Suite Preludes with newly commissioned works, and more.

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