No. 287, March/April 2019

No. 287, March/April 2019

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Special Focus: Summer Adventure


Musical Portraits

Violinist Yevgeny Kutik commissions 8 miniatures inspired by cherished family memories

By Greg Cahill


Go-To Gear

Six top players share their instrument setup and favorite gear

Compiled by Stephanie Powell


The Pinnacle of the Quartet Literature

Contemplating Beethoven’s Op. 131 and its inexhaustible originality

By Thomas May


Multi-Style Sojourn

A musical tour through Cuba

By Stephanie Powell


London Calling

Strings’ London correspondent offers an insider’s guide to the best of the British capital

By Inge Kjemtrup


Music City Mash-Up

A visit to Nashville, Tennessee, will be defined by a delightful blend of musical styles

By Bob Doerschuk


Editor’s Note


News & Notes

Violinist Tasmin Little retires from concert stage; violinist Nicola Benedetti awarded Britain’s CBE; 5 Minutes with . . . Royal College of Music’s Mark Messenger, and more


Shop Talk

Bow maker Rodney Mohr’s love-at-first-sight moment with a Joseph René Lafleur bow


What’s in the Case?

Double bassist Robert Black on his 1900s Brugere bass that won’t win orchestra auditions


Tales of the Trade

Restorer Adam Pelzer combines patience, grit, and dedication to the craft


New Products

A pedal geared toward the acoustic-electric player


On My Music Stand

A cellist’s approach to Brahms’ Sonata in E minor for cello and piano


Rep Prep

Asking the right questions when approaching Campagnoli’s 41 Caprices offers violists a window into the 19th-century player


My Studio

Vulnerability can be a key teaching tool—if you’re willing to go there



For the Record: Violinist Philippe Quint on a personal connection to his latest Chaplin-inspired recording. On Record: Cellist Maximilian Hornung brings life to a pair of underplayed cello concertos, and more.

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