No. 243, July 2015

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Music in the Air, Music All Around Us 

Living in the afterglow of a week of Elgar in London with the Manhattan String Quartet 

By Inge Kjemtrup

Keep Cello Weird 

Portland Cello Project follows its passion to unexpected places

By Whitney Phaneuf

SPECIAL FOCUS: 2015 Buyer’s Guide

 Emotions & Market Forces

An inside look at the many factors that can affect the value of old and new violins 

By Philip J. Kass

Finding Your Next-Level Sound

5 tips on buying a step-up instrument 

By Patrick Sullivan

How to Select the Right Baroque Bow

With the rising popularity of early music, it’s never been easier to find a great Baroque bow

By Sarah Freiberg

2015 Buyer’s Guide Directory

The string musician’s essential directory to makers, shops & suppliers worldwide

News & Notes

Ready for prime time—former Ying Quartet violinist fills NY Phil concertmaster post; the Minnesota Orchestra heads for Cuba; Global HeartStrings to send donation to Haiti; and more; plus Milestones, and 5 minutes with bassist Kristen Bruya

News Spotlight

French ensemble dominates London’s premier string-quartet competition

First Person

Rediscovering the music of Joseph Bologne, Le Chevalier de St. George

Letter from Trinidad & Tobago

A week in the Caribbean is good for the soul—and the music

 Wise Words

Richard Greene on the nature of fiddling

Strings 101

2 simple steps to help alleviate performance jitters

 Play It!

Escape to the Emerald Isle with ‘South Wind,’ a classic ballad arranged for violin and cello

Master Class

In appreciation of César Franck’s Sonata for violin and piano 

Practical Musician

Serafin String Quartet shows how to go beyond the family concert

Teaching Strings

When approaching a tricky new piece, it helps to be systematic

Strings Trade

Spring 2015 auction results; dealer coughs up cash to avoid prison; forthcoming book celebrates the American violin; and more

Your Instrument

A few simple tricks to help keep your bridge healthy and warp-free 

Ask the Expert

Can you fix a dead spot in a bow?

What’s in the Case?

Elizabeth Blumenstock’s 1660 Andrea Guarneri inspires confidence, sincerity, and endurance

Reviews

On Record: Pieter Wispelwey’s ‘Rococo Variations’ yields raw emotions; and more In Print: Early quartet discarded by Dvorak reveals his first steps toward mastery

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