Violinmaker Ian Crawford McWilliams visiting Larsen Strings in Sønderborg

While many musicians in the search of the perfect set-up come to us, once in a while violinmakers also find their way to us.

Yesterday, Ian Crawford McWilliams, a Canadian violinmaker living in Brandenburg an der Havel, traveled all the way to Southern Denmark to visit us. He brought with him a cello and a viola.

As Ian explains it, for a violinmaker it is important to choose an all-round string set-up that will suit the needs of most musicians.

Ian Mc Williams

With the help of cellist Katarina Skliarevski and Larsen Strings’ violist Marie Girard we tried new set-ups of strings on the two wonderful instruments, improving the overall balance and sonority of the already well sounding viola and cello.

Katarina B

Thank you Ian for stopping by

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Finding inspiration for string development can only come through close collaboration with you, the musician.

Truly understanding the needs, expectations and wishes of musicians can only come through many years of collaboration. Many musicians support the development of Larsen’s strings by coming to the company, trying and talking strings with its development team. By participating in our strings tests again and again over the time, these friends of the house show personal evolution in sound and playability.

Interaction with these violinists, violists and cellists has taught us that a musician’s need in term of strings is subject to change. While some musicians like to keep the same types of strings, others like to change from time to time. Of course, there is also the case of a musician who starts working on a new instrument. In such a case, the choice of strings tends to be especially volatile.

With this knowledge in mind, Larsen Strings works with musicians, constantly challenging the limit of string sound and playability, which is why we invited two friends of the house to come and visit us. Katarina Skliarevski and Nikolai Skliarevski from the South Denmark Philharmonic came by last week to work with us on new ideas. Throughout the session, the musicians’ thoughts and impressions helped us getting closer to our goal.

We also took time to adjust Katarina and Nikolai’s set-ups. Even though the two musicians have often before changed set-ups, this time they kept the same one. Sometimes old shoes are just better…

Many thanks to Katarina Skliarevski and Nikolai Skliarevski for their kind support.

We couldn’t do it without you.

 

For more information about Larsen Strings, please visit our website, www.larsenstrings.com

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Discovering new sound possibilities for the string quartet

By: Anton Ilyunin from the Atrium String Quartet

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In 2014, a close relationship between the Atrium String Quartet and Larsen Strings was initiated.

Last autumn, Larsen Strings had invited all four members of our quartet for a visit to their headquarters in Sonderborg, Denmark. There we had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Larsen and his team. Long talks and very exciting string-testing sessions for each of us brought us closer to the essence of Larsen Strings.

Of course, we already knew the Larsen brand as we had been playing on Larsen’s strings for a long time. Our cellist Anna had always used Larsen A and D strings. Alexey and I had fallen for Larsen Virtuoso strings right from the time, they came into the market. As for Dmitry, he was looking for a new solution for his viola.

Larsen Strings’ product development manager, Dr. Thomas Zwieg, opened for us new horizons of string sounds which we did not expect to be possible. It is quite incredible how string combinations can change the sound of an instrument. It is indeed a very interesting process, and we ended up with optimal set-ups for the entire quartet.

It was a privilege for all four members of the quartet to have the opportunity of meeting the team of Larsen Strings and we are very thankful to Mr. Larsen and Dr. Zwieg for helping us discover new sound possibilities for the string Quartet.

 

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Danish folk music sound at Larsen Strings

Yesterday at Larsen Strings, the sound of local folk music resonated through our facilities: we had the visit of the famous Danish fiddler Harald Haugaard and one of his musical partners: Kirstine Elise Pedersen (cello). The two musicians came by to optimize the setup of their instruments.

Lthl og HH

We soon found out that trying strings with these musicians was mainly about contributing to their mutual collaboration. They fully understood the necessity of supplying one another with sound and to truly discover the sound characteristics of the strings they were playing together between every string shift. For Harald and Kirstine music is not just about the individual player but much more about creating artistic symbioses between players.Kirstine Elise Pedersen

As a first step we tried strings with Kirstine. Kirstine plays a modern German cello from Krattenmacher and the instrument was set up with A and D Soloist strong and G and C Magnacore medium. She felt that on her cello, the D string could not bring the same sound quality as the other strings of the setup. It was somehow muffled and covered. We changed the two upper strings to a Magnacore D strong and Magnacore A medium. It brought extra brilliance to the upper registers and a perfect balance to the instrument.

Harald and Kirstine

Subsequently, we moved on to the violin. Harald Haugaard plays a Klotz violin from Mittenwald. Harald explained that the Larsen Original for violin brings to him the sound characteristics needed for his music. The E string, however, was a challenge for him. Harald was looking for a more powerful E-string with a brighter sound. We gave him the golden experience. The Larsen original E-gold string solved his demand by bringing extra brilliance while still providing the characteristic structure of the violin sound.

It was very nice to get a first-hand experience of the freedom of playing that Harald and Kirstine have. Thank you both for your visit and hope to meet again soon.

 

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This week’s visiting musician was violist Johan Korsfeldt

Johan Korsfeldt came by this week to test some strings with us. He brought a very old friend of mine with him: A viola from the Canadian violinmaker Ivo Johannes Loerakker, which I had the pleasure of playing from 1990 to 2011. When talking about strings Johan said:

“I want strings that give me something to work with, rather than boring compact sounding strings… Rather a Rolls-Royce than a BMW…”

Thank you for the visit and enjoy the strings!

jk

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