In This Issue

New generation of pocket-size digital recorders are a boon for teachers and practice-conscious string players

Create a marketable image and cultivate networks for success

Learning the secrets of ‘shadowing’ can help you adjust your role

Spoleto Festival USA Chamber Music director on earning audience trust and
the upcoming season.

The composer’s only extant chamber work is the subject of a new edition

Ravel’s ‘Tzigane’ is a great chance to flex your interpretive chops

A collaboration between a bow maker and jewelers produces a piece of art fit for a king


Matt Herskowitz Trio; Lara St. John, violin; Mike Block, cello. (Justin Time)

(Crystal Records)

Memo from chamber-music coach supremo Gábor Takács-Nagy:
there is more to music than simply playing all of the notes correctly

Survey of chamber music, from Haydn to Tower, is a good read. (Oxford University Press, $39.95)

Dallas Symphony Orchestra Selects a Pair of Co-Concertmasters Alexander Kerr and Nathan Olson will split the coveted role of liaison to musicians and maestro

Deadhead shares his dead cello. Arranged by Aaron Minsky. Latham Music, $19.95.

Pleasant arrangements of two underplayed pieces. Arranged by Carlo Martelli. Broadbent and Dunn, £6.95 parts.

Lisa Batiashvili, violin; Symphonieorchester Des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Esa-Pekka Salonen, cond. (Deutshe Grammophon)

Whimsical fairy tales as Schumann’s last hurrah. Henle, $29.95

A producer can make or break your recording project

An Intimate Portrait of Gregor Piatigorsky, the Cellist’s Cellist. . McFarland, $45.

Narrow the playing field before you start a recording project

An instrument that is too large can lead to devastating injuries

New York violinist has paired Bach with newly commissioned works

Violinist and Oberlin educator Lee-Chin Siow returns to her homeland to share a lesson or two

At 23, Nicola Benedetti already is a seasoned player reaching for ever-higher artistic heights

‘Red-Haired Boy’ can turn violinists into fiddlers in no time

Does everyone need one? When is a chin rest enough? Do shoulder rests affect sound?