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Episode 13: Dr. Renée-Paule Gauthier on dealing with performance anxiety

Episode 13: Dr. Renée-Paule Gauthier on dealing with performance anxiety

September 23, 2021

Dr. Renée-Paule Gauthier is a violinist and high-performance coach for musicians. In this episode about performance anxiety and nerves, she spoke with online editor Davina Shum about self-compassion, assessment vs judgement when playing and dealing with inner battles when the stakes are so high.

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Episode 12: Maxim Vengerov on Ravel

Episode 12: Maxim Vengerov on Ravel

September 16, 2021

Ahead of his performance on 23 September at the InClassica International Music Festival in Dubai, violinist Maxim Vengerov chats to online editor Davina Shum about three different pieces of violin repertoire: Tzigane by Ravel, Seascapes by Alexey Shor and Meditation by Massenet.

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Lalo: Symphonie Espagnole; Saint-Saens: Violin Concerto; Ravel: Tzigane

Maxim Vengerov, vln / Antonio Pappano, conductor / Philharmonia Orchestra

Warner Classics B019GRSR7A

Photo credit: B. Ealovega

Episode 11: Jesus Rodolfo‘s 1696 ‘Spanish Court‘ Stradivari viola replica

Episode 11: Jesus Rodolfo‘s 1696 ‘Spanish Court‘ Stradivari viola replica

September 9, 2021

Violist Jesus Rodolfo chats to online editor Davina Shum about his distinctive instrument – a copy of the 1696 ‘Spanish Court’ Stradivari. Listen to him speak about seeing the original instrument for the first time as a child, intricate details of the instrument, and how playing a modern instrument can benefit one’s playing.

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Excerpt of III. Andante from Cello Sonata in G minor by Rachmaninov used with permission from Jesus Rodolfo

Episode 10: Joshua Bell on Piazzolla

Episode 10: Joshua Bell on Piazzolla

September 2, 2021

Violinist Joshua Bell chats to online editor Davina Shum about the music of Astor Piazzolla – 2021 being the centenary of the composer’s birth. Ahead of his performance of The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires at the BBC Proms with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Joshua spoke about his experiences playing the music of Piazzolla, taking the music seriously and unexpected string techniques.

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Joshua Bell’s Seasons – Vivaldi vs Piazzolla: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000z2j0

Excerpt of 'Oblivion' by Astor Piazzolla used with permission from Joshua Bell.

Joshua Bell, violin

Carel Kraayenhof, bandoneon

Edgar Meyer, double bass

Sony Classical 88697 52716 2

Photo credit: Phil Knott

Episode 09: Anne Akiko Meyers on new commissions

Episode 09: Anne Akiko Meyers on new commissions

August 26, 2021

Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers speaks about commissioning works and cadenzas, pairing the old with the new and how she works closely with composers. Ahead of her premiere performance of 'Fandango' by Arturo Marquez, she speaks about the uniqueness of mariachi style and technique.

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Excerpt of 'Fantasia' by Rautavaara used with permission from Anne Akiko Meyers

 

Photo credit: David Zentz

 

 

Episode 08: Christian Li’s life as a young violinist

Episode 08: Christian Li’s life as a young violinist

August 19, 2021

Ahead of his album release ‘The Four Seasons,’ 13-year-old violinist Christian Li speaks with online editor Davina Shum about his life as a young musician: his practice routine, warm-up exercises, pre-performance routines, as well as what he likes to get up to when he’s not playing the violin.

Christian is a student of Dr Robin Wilson, head of violin at the Australian National Academy of Music.

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Excerpt of Concerto No.4 in F minor RV 297 ‘Winter’ I. Allegro non molto used with permission from Christian Li and Decca Classics

Christian Li violin

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

Howard Penny cello

Donald Nicolson harpsichord

Nicholas Pollock lute

 

Photo credit: Albert Comper

Episode 07: Hannah Roberts on studies and etudes

Episode 07: Hannah Roberts on studies and etudes

August 12, 2021

This episode features Hannah Roberts - principal cellist of Manchester Camerata and professor of cello at Royal Northern College of Music and Royal Academy of Music. She speaks to online editor (and fellow cellist) Davina Shum about incorporating studies and etudes in playing and teaching.

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Live recording of Frank Bridge Sonata for cello and piano used with permission from Hannah Roberts.

Hannah Roberts, cello

Simon Parkin, piano

Episode 06: Johannes Moser on the Elgar Cello Concerto

Episode 06: Johannes Moser on the Elgar Cello Concerto

August 5, 2021

Cellist Johannes Moser chats to online editor Davina Shum about the emotional rollercoaster that is the Elgar Cello Concerto, as well as playing with quality projection and an Olympian setup ahead of his performance at the BBC Proms on 9 August.

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Excerpt of Cello Concerto in E Minor, Op. 85: I. Adagio - Moderato used with permission from Johannes Moser and PENTATONE.

Elgar and Tchaikovsky

Artist: Johannes Moser

Conductor: Andrew Manze

Orchestra: L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande 

PTC 5186570

Photo credit: Manfred Esser-Haenssler Classic

Episode 05: Hsin-Yun Huang’s philosophies on playing and teaching

Episode 05: Hsin-Yun Huang’s philosophies on playing and teaching

July 29, 2021

Hsin-Yun Huang is a violist on the faculty of the Juilliard School and Curtis Institute of Music. In conversation with The Strad's online editor Davina Shum, she shares her philosophies that help inform her playing and teaching.

Hsin-Yun has written an article about the parallels between Chinese calligraphy and string playing, which features in our August 2021 issue. Read it here: https://bit.ly/3BMckep

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Photo credit: Raymond Huang

Episode 04: Francesca Dego on playing ‘Il Cannone’

Episode 04: Francesca Dego on playing ‘Il Cannone’

July 22, 2021

Violinist and The Strad March 2021 cover star Francesca Dego speaks to Davina Shum about her experiences of playing Paganini's old violin: the Guarneri 'del Gesù' 'Il Cannone'. 

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Photo credit: Patrick Allen

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