We work with the world’s most influential musicians, violinmakers and writers. We publish beautiful, useful and entertaining books for anyone interested in classical music and stringed instruments.
An Introduction to the Old Italian Violins
in simplified Chinese
300 years of violin making in a glance. Indispensible companion to anyone wishing to understand violin history.
The Violin in 5ths
Developing Intonation and Sound
An innovative practice technique that gives a real edge to anyone wishing to improve their playing skills.
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For our new series "Questions to a Young Musician" we asked violinist Hiroki Kasai what is it that keeps him going even in most challenging times.
For our new series "Questions to a Young Musician" we asked violinist Johanna Roehrig about her outlook on the future and the challenges and opportunities that she sees for young musicians.
The incredible story of Emil Herrmann escaping the Bolsheviks.
Reporting on how four fine Stradivaris arrived to the United States, Tony Faber tells the incredible succession of events that led Emil Herrmann, a young violin dealer who lived in Berlin at the turn of the 20th century, to America, only to become the country’s premier violin expert years later.
What if James Bond’s favourite weapon had been a Stradivari violin instead of the Walther PPK? His life would likely have been as colourful as that of Desmond Cecil.
In his newly published memoir The Wandering Civil Servant of Stradivarius (Quartet Books), Desmond Cecil takes us on the fantastic journey ...
by Rodney Friend,
Professor at the Royal Academy of Music, London
The many and varied circumstances under which Antonio Stradivari's instruments have been played, repaired and preserved over the centuries have exerted a profound effect upon their current condition and appearance. In fact, much of the beauty of the eighteenthcentury Italian instruments we see today...
The violin is a wonderful but very difficult instrument. It requires endless hours of practice in order to master it and even longer to have it produce a beautiful sound. Here are Professor Rodney Friend’s five top tips to make the most of your daily practice, and make things a little easier...
Antonio Stradivari experimented constantly with the violin form established by the Amati family. During his lifetime he created 13 original violin moulds, 3 viola moulds, a perfected Forma B and Forma B piccolo cello model that still represent the gold standard for cello making. ...