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An Update from Your Friends at ‘Strings’ Magazine

In times like these, when so much is uncertain, we understand how important it is to make music and to stay connected to community. That’s why Strings is here for you and why we’re working as hard as ever to to give…

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A Little Flash: How to Practice David Popper’s Gavotte in D

By Benjamin Whitcomb | From the March/April 2020 issue of Strings Magazine David Popper’s Gavotte in D major is a delightful, short work that intermediate cellists have been learning and performing for decades. Like so many of Popper’s works, it…


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Tips on Nailing Tricky Double-Stops in Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto

By Laurel Thomsen Considered one of the world’s greatest violin concertos since 1845, when it was first premiered by its dedicatee, violinist Ferdinand David, Mendelssohn’s thematically lyrical and structurally innovative violin concerto has inspired composers and generations of violinists. After…


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Lisa Gass’ Journey from the Stage to the Bench

By Toni Sicola Owner of Los Angeles Bassworks, Lisa Gass, has thrived in the musical world her entire life. Enjoying the benefits of a musical father and an early band teacher who cultivated her talents and interests, Gass tapped into…

Violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter Named 2019 Polar Music Prize Laureate

By Cristina Schreil The work is titled “Ghost Trio.” Yet in describing it, violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter bounds with her characteristic liveliness. She says it’s a “masterpiece as poetic as it is intellectually challenging, and a great joy to play.” Mutter paints…


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Five Former Students on Rostropovich

Compiled by Stephanie Powell PLAYER Elizabeth Wilson I first met Rostropovich backstage at the Edinburgh Festival after his electrifying performance of Shostakovich’s First Concerto. I was just 15, an aspiring cellist, if rather backward in standard, and here was my…


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Why I Play Chamber Music

19 string players talk about their passion for playing in small ensembles Over the years, Strings magazine has interviewed thousands of chamber players. Oftentimes, our editors and contributors have dug into the technical minutia: What led you to record Shostakovich? Which…


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Yo-Yo Ma: On the Silk Road

Cellist and classical music icon Yo-Yo Ma discusses his world-music project by Edith Eisler Yo-Yo Ma is one of those rare people who can make even a hardened cynic believe that artistic and personal integrity go together. He is not…