No. 286, February 2019
No. 286, February 2019
No. 286, February 2019

No. 286, February 2019

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Special Focus: Adult Amateur Players


Lifelong Passion

Eight adult amateurs talk transcendent moments and finding the time to keep playing

Compiled by Stephanie Powell


Full Circle

How life’s circumstances brought me back to the cherished music of my youth

By Jeanne Collins


Friendly & Focused

An amateur orchestra with serious passion

By Cristina Schreil


Playing by Ear

Violinist Sudan Archives discusses her eclectic blend of styles, from Sudanese fiddling to Stravinsky

By Cristina Schreil


Daily Inspiration

A lifetime’s pursuit is condensed into Clemency Burton-Hill’s ‘Year of Wonder’

By Laurence Vittes


Western Legend

For her first solo album, cellist Neyla Pekarek turns to Rattlesnake Kate for inspiration

By Megan Westberg


Editor’s Note


News & Notes

M-Prize is discontinued; 5 Minutes with . . . Anne Akiko Meyers, and more


News Spotlight

Antoine Nédélec is named executive director of the Chicago School of Violin Making


Shop Talk

Luthier and restorer Aubrey Alexander on revealing the personality of a cello


What’s in the Case?

Electric violinist Tracy Silverman commissions his dream instruments


Tales of the Trade

Gesina Liedmeier’s historical instruments reflect the passions of her clients


Your Instrument

The majority of f-holes are basically the same—except that they’re all different


New Products

Thomastik-Infeld’s Versum Solo Set


On My Music Stand

Violist Matthew Lipman on the beauty of a new work commissioned in honor of his late mother


Tech Support

Dealing with fear, the 3X Rule, and other tips for thoughtful practicing


My Studio

Teaching students to harness the transformative power of thoughtful listening


Stage & Studio

Fiddler Hillary Klug offers advice on busking in Nashville



For the Record: Violinist Layale Chaker discusses her album and poetic compositional style. Onstage: Eclectic influences converge around music’s healing properties—all based on one Beethoven movement. In Print: Paganini’s ascendance changed the very concept of virtuosity, and more.

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