No. 264, April 2017

No. 264, April 2017

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Culture Shock

Yo-Yo Ma and Silk Road Ensemble members team up with maestro Long Yu for the inaugural Youth Music Culture Guangdong

By Stephanie Powell


The Modern Romantic

David Del Tredici is among the game-changing American composers celebrating a major birthday this season

By Thomas May


The Seasons of Gidon Kremer

In the case of this formidable violin superstar, one learns to expect the unexpected

By Inge Kjemtrup


How to Talk to Your Violin Maker

By commissioning an instrument or bow, a string player enters a collaborative process that—at its best—can produce his or her musical soulmate

By Samuel Zygmuntowicz, Gregg Alf, David Folland, and Ralph Ashmead


Buying a Contemporary Instrument

Other than commissioning a violin yourself, there are three other venues where you might find your modern masterpiece

By Cristina Schreil


Tradition vs. Innovation: A Contemporary Maker’s Challenge

Violin and bow makers discuss how they balance tradition, creativity, and experimentation

By Heather K. Scott


Editor’s Note


News & Notes

Luthier David Folland on a recent Stradivari study; plus Milestones; 5 minutes with Bärenreiter editor and Saint-Saëns expert Michael Stegemann; and more


First Person

The stand-up meeting that helped the Chiara Quartet develop productive communication


Curtain Call

Violinist Philippe Quint on the purity and unpretentiousness of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7


What’s in the Case?

Violist Atar Arad on his Nicolò Amati’s human voice


Your Instrument

Discovering the system of design used to create a scroll is a complex errand—and somewhat beside the point


Rep Prep

Fauré’s masterwork ‘Elegie’ requires a tricky balancing act


Stage & Studio

Lee England Jr. connects with the crowd while playing a gig in an unconventional venue



For the Record: Cellist Pieter Wispelwey on transcribing works he hopes join the standard cello repertoire. On Record: Violinist Augustin Hadelich and pianist Joyce Yang curate an album bookended with arch-Romantic sonatas, and more

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