Violin Sonata in E-flat Major, Op. 18, 1st movement

Violin Sonata in E-flat Major, Op. 18, 1st movement

Richard Strauss

Mihaela Martin's masterclasses

English 39 min Violin

Mihaela Martin and Chi-Hung Huang navigate Strauss’ Violin Sonata in E-flat major while working on rhythm, bowing, and more.

Produced by the Saline royale Academy in February 2021 at Arc-et-Senans.

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The masterclass

About this violin masterclass

In this masterclass, Mihaela Martin guides Chi-Hung Huang through finding more connection, expression, and activity in the first movement of Strauss’ Violin Sonata. Martin explains how long notes should always be ‘leading to or away’ from somewhere, and never remain empty. This concept can also be applied to the movement at large; the performer must always have direction in the sound and connection between notes to achieve maximum expression.

With this, arrival points must be identified and the rest of the music must always be in service of reaching them. Additionally, the professor discusses rhythm, fingerings, and quality of sound. She calls attention to the student’s tendency to move the body and the violin too much and urges him to find more stability.

What we learn in this masterclass

  1. Clarity of rhythm.

  2. Having energy and direction in long notes.

  3. Eliminating excess movement in the body and the violin.

  4. Maintaining core in the sound, especially at the tip of the bow.

  5. Always having activity and connection in the music, rather than being passive.

  • Student:Claire Wells
  • Instruments: Violin
  • Date:19 February 2021
  • Academy:Academy Feb. 14 - Feb. 21, 2021

Sheet music

Aim for excellence! You can improve your skills with expert advice. Download the annotated sheet music of this violin masterclass. Please note that this piece has been annotated in accordance to Mihaela Martin’s feedback and comments.

Mihaela Martin

Mihaela Martin

Won second prize in the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, which was followed by further main prizes in Montreal, Sion and Brussels.

The Romanian-born artist Mihaela Martin is one of the most outstanding violin virtuosos of her generation.


Her father gave her her first violin lessons when she was five years old. She later studied with Stefan Gheorghiu, a pupil of George Enescu and David Oistrakh. At the age of 19, Mihaela Martin won second prize in the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, which was followed by further main prizes in Montreal, Sion and Brussels. Being awarded first prize in the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis launched her international career.


She has performed with leading orchestras such as the BBC Symphony, the Royal Philharmonic and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Mozarteum Orchestra of Salzburg and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. She has worked with conductors such as Kurt Masur, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Charles Dutoit and Neeme Järvi. In the past season Mihaela Martin not only performed as a soloist but also appeared at chamber music festivals in Italy, Norway, the United Kingdom, France, Israel, Germany, Greece, Romania and Switzerland. Together with Daniel Austrich, Nobuko Imai and Frans Helmserson, she is a permanent member of the Michelangelo String Quartet, which she helped to found in 2003.


Mihaela Martin is a professor at University of Music in Cologne and at the Haute Ecole de Musique in Geneva and gives masterclasses throughout the world.

She is a regular jury member at important international competitions such as the Queen Elisabeth (Belgium), Indianapolis (USA), Enescu (Romania) and Tchaikovsky (Russia).


Mihaela Martin plays a violin by J G Guadagnini that dates from 1748. She teaches at the Académie musicale de Villecroze in 2014 and 2020.

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