No. 263, March 2017

No. 263, March 2017

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Learning Italian

Violinist Nicola Benedetti advocates for the richness of Baroque music as her US tour of Vivaldi with the Venice Baroque Orchestra is set to kick off

By Inge Kjemtrup


Generations Ahead

Composer Steve Reich’s Three Generations series will illustrate the sea change in compositional language ventured by Reich and his peers and carried forward by younger generations

By Thomas May



Summer Study Guide


7 Programs to Fit Your String-Playing Lifestyle

Summer study programs are not one-size-fits-all. Find one that complements your own playing personality

By Louise Lee


Going Global

Learning style through immersion at the Global String Intensive at Berklee College of Music

By Sarah Freiberg


Summer Idyll

The benefits of scoring a dream residency at the Avaloch Farm Music Institute

By Leah Hollingsworth


Editor’s Note


News & Notes

Jan Vogler re-records the Schumann Cello Concerto with gut strings; Andrew Norman wins the 2017 Grawemeyer Award for music composition; plus Milestones, 5 minutes with Juilliard president Joseph Polisi, and more


First Person

Tackling a musical marathon—and an actual marathon—all in one day


Curtain Call

Violist Paul Coletti on the wistful sorrow of Schubert’s Arpeggione Sonata


What’s in the Case?

Fiddler Alasdair Fraser on his three fiddles and their distinct voices


Tales of the Trade

Luthier Timothy Johnson makes ancient instruments for the contemporary player


Your Instrument

Violin varnish is a thing of beauty, but not of protective strength


New Products

Jimenez Mariachi violins; IK Multimedia’s Tablet Page Turner Bundle; and the C-Music EggMATE


On My Music Stand

Violinist Esther Yoo tackles two pieces


My Studio

For a string teacher to grow, sometimes the student needs to become the teacher


Rep Prep

Kreisler’s ‘Praeludium and Allegro’ requires mastering extended techniques in both hands


Stage & Studio

Programs suited for the aspiring or seasoned composer are just a click away



For the Record: Lyris Quartet uses Janáček’s ‘Intimate Letters’ as a springboard on its latest album. In Print: Tchaikovsky’s Valse-Scherzo deserves its worldwide admiration, and more.

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