No. 262, February 2017

No. 262, February 2017

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The Alan Gilbert Era

As his tenure approaches its close, Gilbert and several of the New York Philharmonic’s most prominent string players consider the defining achievements of their time together

By Thomas May


Three Sides

Violist Kim Kashkashian on her latest album ‘Arcanum’ and the three-way relationship between performer, audience, and composer By David Templeton


Days of Judgment

On the sleepless nights and eventual rewards of judging a VSA competition

By Matt Wehling



Rostropovich Retrospective: The Great Cellist’s Lasting Impact, 90 Years Since His Birth, 10 Years Since His Death


Legend in His Own Time

Rostropovich’s technique and advocacy for new music elevated the cello and more than doubled its repertoire

By Miranda Wilson


Freedom Fighter

Rostropovich’s influence went beyond repertoire and technique as a cellist

By Martin Steinberg


Learning by Heart

Five former students on the lasting legacy of their teacher

Compiled by Stephanie Powell


Fit for a King

Rostropovich’s ‘Duport’ Strad was the indirect result of a royal war of succession

By Andrew Dipper


Essential Discography

10 can’t-miss Rostropovich recordings

By Elizabeth Wilson


Editor’s Note


News & Notes

2016 Violin Society of America Competition results; auction update: Winston Churchill’s ‘Cigar Box’ violin sells & G.B. Guadagnini violin goes for $1.2 million; plus Milestones; 5 minutes with composer Julia Wolfe, and more


Curtain Call

Jazz violinist Christian Howes on the gift of composing and the ‘creative gene’


Tales of the Trade

The luthiers behind the Royal Academy of Music Museum


New Products

Yamaha’s 4- and 5-string YEV electric violins pack a potent punch


On My Music Stand

Violinist Lindsay Deutsch on popular music and the element of improvisation


My Studio

6 strategies to help students memorize music more effectively


Stage & Studio

Ruminating on the evolution of concert attire



For the Record: Cellist Robert Irvine on his new album—with all proceeds going to UNICEF. Onstage: Midori balances power and poise in riveting Philadelphia return. On Record: Kronos Quartet celebrates 50 years of ecological beauty in California’s Sea Ranch, and more.

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