No. 280, August 2018

No. 280, August 2018

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A New World

On the benefits of starting cello lessons at age 63

By Judy Pollard Smith


Lifelong Wish

It’s never too late to pick up an instrument—here are 5 tips for adult beginners

By Miranda Wilson


Better Together

Encouragement and advice for advancing amateur orchestral musicians

By Emily Wright


How to Start an Adult Chamber-Music Ensemble

These tips can help ensure a successful experience

By Greg Cahill


Leonard Bernstein at 100

Celebrating the legendary composer-conductor’s string works and unbridled loyalty to the music

By Thomas May


Journey to the Highlands

Joshua Bell’s new recording with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields pairs Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 with ‘Scottish Fantasy’

By Inge Kjemtrup


Prized Possessions

String players and makers on their most sentimental string-related items

Compiled by Stephanie Powell & Megan Westberg


Editor’s Note


News & Notes

Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason performs at the royal wedding; plus Milestones; 5 Minutes with Roberto Díaz, and more


Letter From India

Violinist Cassandra Sotos on touring in India and South Africa with Bollywood star Arijit Singh


Shop Talk

Violin and viol maker Gabriela Guadalajara on her varnishing process


What’s in the Case?

Violinist Elena Urioste discusses her 1706 Alessandro Gagliano


Your Instrument

A well-made peg is a thing of beauty, not just function


New Products

Gewa partners with Ray Chen on a signature case, and more


On My Music Stand

Violist Clifton Harrison on the timeless qualities of Ives’ String Quartet No. 2


Tech Support

Developing structure and flexibility in your bow hold


My Studio

Achieving all my professional goals made me realize I had chosen the wrong profession


Stage & Studio

Songwriting advice from Carrie Rodriguez, Amanda Shires, and Carla Kihlstedt



For the Record: Duo Gazzana on the premiere recording of Ligeti’s ‘Duo’ for violin and piano. In Print: Gershwin’s ‘Lullaby’ blends classical and jazz for string quartet, and more.

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