StradFest 2018 | How will you shape your tomorrow?

How will you shape your FUTURE?

Join The Strad team and leading music industry experts at London’s Royal Institution of Great Britain for a one-day immersive event designed to help string players develop an exciting career.


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Meet our partners

We are delighted to be teaming with a number of leading music industry partners at Stradfest.
J & A Beare

J & A Beare our headline sponsor, brings a wealth of fine instrument knowledge and associations with the world’s finest luthiers and restorers – several of whom will give demonstrations on the day. Beare’s will be exhibiting a selection of some of the finest Italian instruments at the event, including works by celebrated maker Antonio Stradivari, and will offer attendees the opportunity to play them.

‘J & A Beare is delighted to be sponsoring Stradfest 2019 in partnership with The Strad and supporting the new generation of string players in their future careers.’
Harry Palmer, J & A Beare

Gewa Strings

Gewa will be displaying their line of instrument cases and will offer one as a prize. Gewa Soloist Esther Abrami will also give a talk on the importance of social media.

‘Gewa are proud to be supporting StradFest and look forward to be offering musicians an opportunity to uncover ground-breaking shell technologies in innovative case making.  We will also presenting a real treat for the festival; one of the world’s biggest social media stars and players, Esther Abrami in a unique session about the importance of social media for the classical musician.’
Jan Linda, Marketing Management, Artist Relations & Network, Gewa

Thomastik Infeld

Thomastik-Infeld’s head of development Franz Klanner will speak about the importance of finding the right set of strings to make the most of your instrument’s sound.

‘The recipe sounds simple: there is the right violin for every violinist and the sound of each violin can be optimised and refined with the right strings. In practice, however, the interplay between musician, instrument, string and bow is a complex field of work, as every musician has a unique way of playing, every musical instrument is created as an individual, handcrafted piece and strings also hide a multiverse of sciences. This is because modern strings are much more than just a strand of sound: they unite physics, corrosion science, tool engineering, precision machining and electronics. In Vienna, these high-tech strings have been developed and produced by Thomastik-Infeld for the last century, with countless string revolutions defining the history of this traditional company, which was founded in 1919 and has been significantly influencing the world of music ever since. 

Thomastik-Infeld understands the importance of supporting young artists. Thus we are actively involved in musical education and support numerous international institutions in this matter with masterclasses, workshops and scholarships. For this reason we have also decided to support Stradfest and its aim to help young players with their career and passion! Bravo!’
Nina Haberlehner, Marketing Director, Thomastik-Infeld Vienna

Yamaha will provide electric instruments for the string quartet sessions. Max Grosch will also give three improvisation sessions in association with the brand.

‘Yamaha is proud to support the inaugural Stradfest. Working in partnership with The Strad, Yamaha will be hosting a range of interactive activities for all ages and abilities. Have you always wanted to try out an electric violin but didn’t know where to start? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Whether you’re new to electric instruments or just curious, the possibilities with Yamaha’s silent and electric range are endless. Helping you on this journey will be Yamaha artist Max Grosch, who is regarded as one of Germany’s leading forces in playing jazz on a stringed instrument and is committed to taking the field of string improvisation forward through his innovative playing and teaching style.’
Jeremy Jefferson Smith, Product Specialist, Artist Relations – Band & Orchestral, Yamaha Music Europe


‘Allianz Musical Insurance is the UK’s No.1 Musical Instrument Insurer, dedicated to protecting what matters to musicians since 1960. We cover all types of instrument from a student’s ¼ violin to a seasoned soloist’s fine ‘cello. Our cover protects your instruments and equipment against loss, theft and accidental damage in the UK or worldwide, with unattended vehicle cover and Public Liability & Personal Accident cover available as add-ons. Come and visit our stand for a chat, some freebies and a no-obligation quote with 20% discount!’ 
Clarice Goff, Marketing Consultant, Allianz Insurance

My Luthier

“MyLuthier is very excited to participate in the first Stradfest event. We will be showcasing a selection of today’s best instruments by contemporary luthiers.

In partnership with The Strad, MyLuthier wants the next generation of musicians to discover the benefits of choosing a contemporary instrument. This event will be the perfect chance for young players to experience these firsthand!

MyLuthier co-founders Pedro and Ariel will be there to guide you through the process. They can help you try the instruments, tell you about the makers they collaborate with and most importantly give you tips on what to look for when choosing an instrument.”
Ariel Lang, Director, MyLuthier

Classical Vision

“Classical Vision is delighted to be present at the inaugural StradFest conference. The agency provides musicians for on-camera opportunities, and we are committed to sourcing roles for emerging professional musicians. 

As performers, developing our knowledge of other areas of the entertainment industry is extremely valuable. At Classical Vision, I have been able to expand our services through fostering relationships between production teams and musicians. I am greatly looking forward to consulting with attendees on alternative career pathways within the classical music industry.
Kathleen Ross, Classical Vision director

iClassical Academy

The Strad’s media partner iClassical Academy will be filming throughout the day, and will offer the chance for one Stradfest attendee to win a video recording for a free promotional piece on their MusiXange platform. iClassical artists György Pauk and Pavel Berman will give individual talks and take part in the panel discussion on competitions.

‘iClassical Academy is the proud media partner of Stradfest and ready to meet the neXt generation of young musicians. In collaboration with The Strad, take your chance and participate in our online competition to win a video recording on the spot!  iClassical Academy is where the neXt generation of musicians go for all their performing needs: from the video masterclasses on its well renowned learning platform to the brand new musiXange, the online gathering place to find mentors, inspirations and free promotion. Come on in and join us for free at!’
Irma De Jong, Owner Cicerone Music and Art, Executive Director at iClassical Foundation


ESTA (UK) is dedicated to the needs of string teachers across the UK: helping them develop their potential to enable students at all levels from toddler to post conservatoire.

ESTA provides support and professional development through their website and magazine, Arco, and by organising events across the country throughout the year.

The Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) is the UK’s professional body for musicians and a subject association for music.

Since 1882, we have been dedicated to promoting the importance of music and protecting the rights of those working in the music profession. We support and empower over 9,000 members, including hundreds of string players, with a unique set of professional services including one-to-one legal advice and representation, essential insurances and expert advice.

The Empowered Musician

Building on the success of The Empowered Musician event held in October 2018, a brand new ‘How To…’ series was launched early in February. Filled with practical industry advice highlighting the skills and knowledge required to succeed in your music career, the first resource, ‘How to… Connect with your digital audience’ can be accessed here.