The Strad

The Strad: Postcard From China

The Strad: Postcard From China

The 2018 Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition showcased so many impressive performances that the scoring was a s tight as could be. Charlotte Smith attended the finals.

The Strad Cover – June 2018

The Strad Cover – June 2018

The second part of Terry Borman’s detailed examination of Anne Akiko Meyers’ violin, ‘Vieuxtemps’ Guarneri ‘Del Gesù’, with contributions from experts in the latest technologies, investigating acoustics, dendrochronology, varnish analysis and plate thicknesses.

Juilliard String Quartet gets new first violin

Juilliard String Quartet gets new first violin

The Juilliard String Quartet has today announced that its first violinist since 2011, Joseph Lin, will step down in September 2018 and the Greek-born Juilliard graduate Areta Zhulla will be taking over.

The Strad: Yo-Yo Ma on making artistic connections and raising balanced musicians

The Strad: Yo-Yo Ma on making artistic connections and raising balanced musicians

This month Yo-Yo Ma returns as artistic director of his Chinese education initiative Youth Music Culture Guangdong, a programme that aims to create balanced, astute and connected musicians. Charlotte Smith explores the ideas behind the cellist’s approach

The Strad: Fantasia Album Reviewed

The Strad: Fantasia Album Reviewed

Julian Haylock reviews Anne Akiko Meyers's latest album, Fantasia.

"Yet the star item here is Rautavaara's Fantasia (2015), one of his last works and composed especially for Meyers, who soars aloft with its tender cantabile, shaping its shimmering melodic lines with a profound sensitivity that exerts irresistible pressure on the tear ducts."