In This Issue

'Fingerboard Geography' for viola, vol. 1, by Barbara Barber (Alfred, $21.95)

'Hymns for Contemporary Worship' for two violins and piano, arranged by Catherine McMichael (Latham Music, $21.95)

Cuarteto Casals (Harmonia Mundi)

New Century Chamber Orchestra, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, violin and musical direction (NSS Music)

'Poème Lunaire' for viola and piano by David Philip Hefti (Edition Kunzelmann, €27.90)

'Five Pieces in Folk Style, Op. 102' by Robert Schumann (G. Henle Verlag, €13.50)

'Time Pieces' for double bass, vol. 1 and 2, arranged by Rodney Slatford (Abrsm, £6.95 each)

News from the 2010 Violin Society of America competition.

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra's new 26-year-old concertmaster on preparing for his February solo debut

Learn to break it down and boost your sound

James Ehnes considers Bartók's Violin Concerto No. 1 a masterpiece in its own right

Recent sales of a c. 1710 Ruggieri violin, 1619 Amati violin, and a c. 1760 Gagliano violin.

Freewheeling maestro behind 3 Leg Torso is part Gypsy, part classical, and all creative

News of the violin trade

Soundpost Scale

Extended-range bows for viola and cello

Dave Eggar, cello (Domo;

Life is just a dream in Varanasi, India—the City of Music

Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper band plan spring CD release

Documentarian Tim Meara gets a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the rare violin market

Use your amplification gear to squelch wolf tones

Gidon Kremer, violin; Kremerata Baltica (ECM New Series)
Gidon Kremer, violin; Kremerata Baltica (Nonesuch)

5 ways to get mom or dad more involved in music lessons

Blemish seen as a mark of valor by some string players, but it can be the result of health problems

Finding the right strings starts with figuring out what you want to hear

At 28, Russian violinist Ilya Gringolts has crafted a career rich with possibilities

An early duo that set the pace for the instrument's melodic capabilities

Musequality ramping up for World Busk Week 2011

Joseph Lin joins the legendary chamber ensemble

'Lamentation for James Moray of Abercarney' by Niel Gow

7 things to consider when buying your first electric violin, viola, cello, or upright bass

5 electric-violin bowing tips for the newly plugged in

'Ballade' for viola and piano by William Alwyn. Edited by John White and Ian Gammie (Corda Music Publications, £6.50)

Young classical lions of the cello roar for Dvorak's famed concerto

Three introspective violin sonatas that range from calm to intense

Strengthen Your Grip