No. 186, October 2010

No. 186, October 2010

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Making a Difference

Cellist and music educator Julian Lloyd Webber is El Sistema's staunchest advocate in the UK

The American Evolution

Turtle Island Quartet marks 25 years on the cutting edge of chamber jazz By David Templeton

Center Stage

The Knights Ensemble Storms New York's Le Poisson Rouge Hendrix, Ives—for this chamber orchestra, it's all fair game. The Knights have a new album out, with cellist Jan Volger, called New WorldsBy Scott Rose

In Print

In Print Saints-Saens Allegro Appassionato for cello and piano urtext edition, Janacek String Quartet No. 2 ("Intimate Letters") urtext, The Erlking for viola quartet, Early Start on the Viola: The Sassmanshaus Tradition, Vols. 1-4

Letter From

Juilliard School Violist Teaches Tanzanians More Than 'Twinkle' Hannah Ross on empowering young students who hadn't heard a stringed instrument By Hannah Ross

Master Class

The Forgotten Genius of Composer Carlo Graziani These landmark Baroque cello sonatas call for brilliant left-hand technique, but pay off with charming cantabile writing By Jou-An Hou


A Passing Tradition A Napalese sarangi player and street musician contemplates his career on the changing streets of Kathmandu.

New Products

New Products Antonio Fiorini Violins and Cellos, Everest Colored Shoulder Rests, Konig & Meyer violin stand, Kaplan Solutions non-whistling violin E strings By Erin Shrader

News & Notes

News and Notes Robert McDuffie premieres Philip Glass violin concerto, National Youth Orchestra of Iraq receives donated violas, Violinist James Ehnes Named to Order of Canada, Sphinx Organization laureates the Catalyst Quartet debut, Compser Salvatore Di Vittorio ghost writes Respighi violin concerto, 5 Minutes with jazz bassist Rufus Reid

News Spotlight

Women Still Fight for Seat in Major Orchestras Worldwide Despite gains, women remain the odd man out in the Vienna Philharmonic and some US orchestras By Rory Williams

On Record

On Record Gregor Piatigorsky box set of rare historic recordings, Stony Brook Soundings, Vol. 1, Beethoven Piano Trios by the Beethoven Project Trio, Dominant Curve by Brooklyn Rider, Brahms Cello Sonatas and Four Hungarian Dances by cellist Bion Tsang, Mozart by Scott and Lara St. John and the Knights, Schubert's Echo by the American String Quartet, Schoenberg/Glass by the Glass Chamber Players, The Music of Eddie South by Jeremy Cohen, Out of the Blue by Christian Howes, Foreign Legion by Tin Hat, Prayer for Piece by Billy Bang,

Play It!

Spice Up Your String Program with Samba Learn 'Sambasaurus' for string orchestra

Practical Musician

Career Advice: Should You Seek Artist Management? What talent agents can—and cannot—do for you By Louise Lee

Shop Visit

The Singular Pleasure That Is the Nashville Violin Shop Fiddler and shop owner Fred Carpenter has created a haven for string players By Robert L. Doerschuk

Strings 101

Learn to Position Your Pinky for Greater Success 5 steps to gaining confidence while playing at a high level By Laurel Thomsen

Strings Trade

Strings Trade Remembering Czech lutherie legend Premysl Spidlen, Violins of Hope Holocaust violins tour Europe, Violin Society of America Oberlin Acoustics and Bow Makers workshop, By Greg Cahill

Teaching Strings

Are You a Good Teacher? Ask Your Students Student surveys may be brutal, but the gain is worth the pain By Christopher Roberts

Your Instrument

A Horse of a Different Color. Take a Closer Look—and Listen—to Bow Hair How different hair types influence your bow's sound and feel By Josh Henry

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