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Nathaniel Ayers: Journey from Juilliard to Skid Row

Today, his life is about film and book projects by Louise Lee In some ways, Nathaniel Ayers at age 57 is a typical adult beginner on the violin. Taking his first lesson just this March, he spent the session working…

Yo-Yo Ma on Communicating Effectively with Your Audience

Performance is only magical if the audience is fully engaged by Edith Eisler “CONTENT, COMMUNICATION, AND RECEPTION,” cellist Yo-Yo Ma says, “those are the three elements that go into a performance; but unless they are in total alignment, there will…

Titans Talk about the Bach Solo Violin Works

Scaling the six Bach Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin requires a firm grasp of violin technique and a propensity for soul-searching. John Holloway, Rachel Podger, Julia Fischer, and others discuss their approach  by Laurence Vittes Fifty years ago, virtuosos…


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How to Winterize Your Instrument

Learn to prevent seasonal damage from temperature and humidity changes  by Erin Shrader AS SOON AS WINTER sucks the last bit of humidity out of the Midwestern air, the cellos start making their way up the stairs to the violin…

How the Beatles Launched a String-Playing Revolution

It was 40 years ago today . . . or was it ‘Yesterday’?  by Greg Cahill It all began with a dream. Beatles bassist Paul McCartney—then a harried singer and songwriter trying to keep one step ahead of adoring fans…


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Violinist Sarah Chang

Interview with Violinist Sarah Chang

Adulthood is offering a new world of opportunities for this former child prodigy by James Reel It’s easy enough to earn ovations when you’re an adorable ten-year-old girl who can plant your feet bravely on a stage and play the…