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Ikon Arts artists, Tai Murray and Guy Johnston have both written articles recently for The Strad. Guy Johnston also features in the most recent episode of The Strad Podcast.


‘So don’t sit around and think – go and find your audience!’ – Tai Murray’s life lessons

The US violinist on finding your voice and the transition from student to professional

It was my teacher in Indiana, when I was aged between 9 and 14, that gave me the building blocks of who I am as a player today. If I had to sum up his approach it would be: get all of it done and don’t leave any stone unturned. I remember him once telling me, ‘You are too young to play out of tune!’…

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The Strad Podcast #114 with Guy Johnston

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Cellist Guy Johnston spoke with The Strad’s 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.



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Pedagogy and playing resources: a reading list from cellist Guy Johnston

Alongside his interview for The Strad Podcast, the cellist shares the manuals and resources that have informed his playing and teaching career so far

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