The Strad is a UK-based monthly classical music magazine about string instruments – principally the violin, viola, cello and double bass – for amateur and professional musicians. Founded in 1889, the magazine provides information, photographs and reviews of instruments, related feature articles and news, and information about concerts.[1] The magazine offers practical advice on technique, profiles of leading performers, and information on master classes and the craft of instrument makers such as luthiers.[2] It also includes articles about orchestras and music schools.[3]

The Strad
EditorCharlotte Smith
CategoriesMusic magazine
First issueJune 1890 (1890-06)
CountryUnited Kingdom
Based inLondon

The magazine's name references the common abbreviation for the famous 17th–18th-century Stradivarius family of luthiers and their coveted and valuable instruments. The Strad's first issue was released in June 1890.[4] It is now edited by Charlotte Smith and owned by Newsquest Specialist Media Limited, a Gannett company.[5]


  1. ^ Katharine Rapoport (8 March 2012). Violin For Dummies, 2nd Edition. John Wiley & Sons. p. 363. ISBN 978-1-118-27960-1.
  2. ^ "The Strad". The Strad. Retrieved 29 November 2020.
  3. ^ "Directories". The Strad. Retrieved 29 November 2020.
  4. ^ Toby Faber (9 May 2012). "Chapter 12". Stradivari's Genius: Five Violins, One Cello, and Three Centuries of Enduring Perfection. Random House Publishing Group. p. 202. ISBN 978-1-58836-214-8.
  5. ^ "Contact Us". The Strad. Retrieved 29 November 2020.

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