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Exclusive insights into the world of string playing, teaching and instrument making from The Strad magazine: Essential reading for the string music world since 1890

    Episode 115: designing your own musical education as an adult learner with violinist Julia Reddy

    Episode 115: designing your own musical education as an adult learner with violinist Julia Reddy

    Julia Reddy is the host of the Violin Class Podcast and teaches a studio comprising solely of adult learners. She and online editor Davina had a chat about how adult students can be proactive and design their own musical curriculum beyond the practice room - a completely different game from teaching children. What are your favourite ways to enrich your musical education?
    Find Julia's Violin Class podcast: https://www.violinclass.co/podcast
    Recommended listening:
    How to immerse yourself in the violin world 
    Violin practice strategies for busy people
    Advice from an adult violin student
     

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    • 20 min
    Episode 114: exploring resources and finding your teaching style with cellist Guy Johnston

    Episode 114: exploring resources and finding your teaching style with cellist Guy Johnston

    Many of us as string players will find ourselves teaching in one way or another throughout our careers. We learn and pass on this great legacy of tradition that has gone before us. But what else informs our teaching? How do we find our groove, so to speak, as teachers and players?
    Cellist Guy Johnston spoke with online editor Davina about finding his teaching style, particularly after returning to his alma mater, the Eastman School of Music in Rochester.
    What’s it like, returning to the hallowed halls of your former school where you now call your former teachers colleagues? Guy shares his ‘a-ha’ moments of inspiration that he brings into his teaching, as well as his journey to delve into the wealth of teaching resources left to us from cello pedagogues of the past.
    Find out more about Guy’s favourite resources here
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    Night Seasons: I – Nox Perpetua
    Rebecca Dale: Night Seasons
    Guy Johnston, cello / Tenebrae / Philharmonia Orchestra / Nigel Short
    Signum Classics

    • 19 min
    Episode 113: Uncovering Ysaÿe’s lost works with violinist Philippe Graffin

    Episode 113: Uncovering Ysaÿe’s lost works with violinist Philippe Graffin

    If you’ve read our February 2024 issue, you would’ve read our feature on the long-lost work by Ysaÿe, his Poème concertant. Violinist Philippe Graffin has recorded the work that had been undiscovered for more than a century – he joins online editor Davina in this episode to speak about uncovering Ysaÿe’s forgotten works, the history and inspiration of the piece, plus how he hopes to cement these lost works as staples of violin repertoire in the future.
    Read: Ysaÿe’s Poème concertant: shining a light on a long-forgotten piece
    Watch: Video: Ysaÿe’s Secret Sonata by violinist Philippe Graffin
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    Poème concertant - Ysaÿe
    Philippe Graffin, violin / Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra / Jean-Jacques Kantorow
    Rêves
    Avie
    Photo credit: Marco Borggreve

    • 14 min
    Episode 112: making musical choices with violist and composer Jessica Meyer

    Episode 112: making musical choices with violist and composer Jessica Meyer

    How do you feel about improvising on a stringed instrument? While there are many musicians who specialise in this craft, you wouldn’t have to search far for string players where mention of the words ‘improv’ and ‘solo’ is enough to strike fear into their hearts.
    Violist and composer Jessica Meyer spoke to online editor and cellist Davina about how the word ‘improvisation’ can be seemingly daunting for string players, and how it helps to approach it as ‘making choices’. She shares her story with incorporating improvisation in her warm-ups, and how the mind-body connection of music making inspires her and her students to create their own exercises to further enhance their playing.
    Jessica’s new composer/performer portrait album I long and seek after will be released on 22 March on New Focus Recordings.
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    ‘O elegant giant’ from Space in Chains for soprano and viola
    Viola and composer – Jessica Meyer
    Soprano – Melissa Wimbish
    Photo credit: Bill Struhs

    • 18 min
    Episode 111: juggling orchestral and solo playing with double bassist Michael Rieber

    Episode 111: juggling orchestral and solo playing with double bassist Michael Rieber

    Double bassist Michael Rieber is the first solo double bass player from the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra in Hamburg. Not only does he hold a principal position in one of Europe’s top orchestras, he’s also released a recording of French works called Nuits Blanches.
    How does Michael find the time to take on two very high-calibre jobs and projects? Michael shares with online editor Davina the lessons he’s learnt throughout his orchestral career, including why patience is critical when it comes to preparing repertoire – both new and frequently revisited, as well as how he structures his preparation time.
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    César Franck: Sonata in A major I. Allegretto ben moderato (transcription by Balthasar Brockes)
    Alfred Desenclos: Aria and Rondo for Double Bass and Piano II. Rondo
    Nuits Blanches
    Michael Rieber, double bass / Norbert Goerlich, piano
    Es Dur
    Photo credit: Jewgeni Roppel
     

    • 15 min
    Episode 110: Stravinsky's kaleidoscope of colours with violinist Alena Baeva

    Episode 110: Stravinsky's kaleidoscope of colours with violinist Alena Baeva

    Violinist Alena Baeva spoke with online editor Davina recently about the music of Stravinsky – specifically the Divertimento from The Fairy’s Kiss, which was arranged by Samuel Dushkin for violin and piano. She spoke about how this music encourages the player to harness the power of the imagination to showcase the kaleidoscope of colours displayed in Stravinsky’s writing.
    She also speaks about staying spontaneous, as well as her approach and tips to playing tricky double stops. Plus, you’ll also hear about what instrument and bows she used to record her latest album, Fantasy. 
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    Divertimento from The Fairy’s Kiss K049
    Pas de deux. Adagio
    Stravinsky (arr. Samuel Duskin for violin and piano)
    Alena Baeva, violin / Vadym Kholodenko, piano
    Fantasy
    Alpha Classics ALPHA1021
    Photo credit: Jean-Baptiste Millot

    • 16 min

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