Winner of the 2014 Adilia Alieva Piano Competition in Gaillard, and the Critics' Award at the 2015 International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, the latest phenomenon of classical pianism: on jazz, his ear training, music critics, and ideals in Art.
Composer of "Bel Canto", a collaborative effort with Nilo Cruz, Renée Fleming, Sir Andrew Davis and Kevin Newbury, and one of the most anticipated operas in recent memory: on musical beginnings, structure and emotion, "Klinghoffer", and the journey of composing his first opera.
One of the most in-demand pianists in the world, The Wall Street Journal calls him "one of the most gifted musicians of his generation,": on the advantages of today's artists, Beethoven, the Ojai Music Festival, and why he has never recorded Medtner.
Conductor, pianist, and one of the finest composers of our time: on the influence of Chopin, Vienna as music capital of the world, pop music, and his creative process.
He made his MET debut as a Juilliard student in 2003, and has since sung in the world's leading opera houses: on vocal technique, knowing one's musical abilities, and singing three different roles with the San Francisco Opera this season.
Concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic from 1980-2014, an alumnus and student of Ivan Galamian at the Juilliard School, Robert Mann Chair in Strings and Chamber Music at USC: on the New York Philharmonic, technical wizardry and the role of inspiration.
Artistic director and principal conductor of the London Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, former artistic director of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra: on the effects of commercialism, the study of Music, and the events leading to his departure from Montreal.
Billboard's top-selling traditional instrumental soloist in 2014, prodigy who made her debut with the New York Philharmonic at the age of twelve: on her time with Dorothy DeLay, Jascha Heifetz, and finding the balance between her musical career and family life.
"The pianistic find of the century", winner of the Queen Elisabeth of Belgium competition (1952): on today's music critics, the music of Beethoven, Horowitz, and music education.
Dean and provost of The Juilliard School, former director and artistic advisor at Carnegie Hall and the Ojai Festival: on Isaac Stern, Alice Herz-Sommer, and Juilliard's role for the future.
Pulitzer-winning music critic Tim Page calls him "a natural musical genius". The head of composition at the Peabody Institute: on the duty of performers, pop-music, and his First String Quartet ("Images from a Closed Ward").
Chair of the organ department at the Juilliard School, Grammy winner (2011): on the essence of a piece of music, the ability to listen critically, and Glenn Gould at the organ.
An exclusive Deutsche Grammophon artist since 2002, she caught the attention of the music world when at the age of fifteen, she won France's Grand Prix du disque: on early lessons with Pierre Barbizet, the Brahms Piano Concerto in D minor, and final thoughts on the late maestro Claudio Abbado.
The first female Soviet instrumentalist to perform in North America, pupil of Emil Gilels and winner of the 1961 Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud competition: on hearing the Russian debut of a then-unknown Glenn Gould, studies with Gilels, and her Carnegie Hall debut scheduled the day of President Kennedy's assassination.
An Officer of the Order of Canada, virtuoso of uncommon ability, his recorded output is both daunting and a monumental contribution to musical art: on musical beginnings, piano technique, his repertoire and Medtner.
The host and creative director of "Living the Classical Life", prize-winning student of Sergei Babayan: on the impetus for his show, problems with the recording industry, Martha Argerich, his neighbour and fellow Babayan student, Daniil Trifonov.
President and director of the Curtis Institute for over two decades, former pupil of Isabella Vengerova and Vladimir Horowitz, teacher of Yuja Wang and Lang Lang: on pianism today, the criticism of Lang Lang, and his memories of Art Tatum, Vladimir Horowitz and Glenn Gould.
Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom (2011) and eighteen Grammys, the former student of Leonard Rose: on virtuosity, the importance of traditions, Vladimir Horowitz, and more.
First Prize winner of the Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competition in 2011, former Merolini: on musical beginnings, the Merola Opera Program, and what music students should know about the business of music.
Artistic director, founder and conductor of San Francisco’s Opera Parallèle, principal guest conductor of the Dallas Opera, McGill University alumna: on musical beginnings, Ernest Ansermet, and the difficulties of staging contemporary opera.
World-renowned mezzo-soprano, Juilliard alumna, former professor at Rice University: on musical beginnings, balancing career and family life, Joan Sutherland, and singing with the New York Philharmonic just after 9/11.
Piano professor at Juilliard, a former student of William Kapell, Eduard Steuermann and Alfred Cortot: on tone production, Vladimir Horowitz, and the link between various art forms.
First Executive Director of the Merola Opera Program in San Francisco, formerly Director of Education for Lyric Opera of Chicago and Dean of the Levine School of Music in Washington, D.C.: on the future of opera, her vision for Merola, and what it takes to succeed in the world of music.
Winner of a Grammy for 'Best Opera Recording’ (2011), the Juilliard and Rice University alumna: on vocal technique, rejection, and the projection of image in opera.
Artistic directors of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and Music@Menlo, retired cellist of the Grammy-winning Emerson Quartet and Juilliard professor: on rigorous programming, trends in music, Mstislav Rostropovich, and Chopin's understanding of the cello.
The former President and Executive Director of the Van Cliburn Foundation, General Director of the International Tchaikovsky Competition, and son of the great New York Philharmonic conductor: on the imperfect medium of music competitions, Trifonov, and jury members.
Winner of the International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow, the International Arthur Rubinstein Piano Master Competition in Tel Aviv: on his musical roots, Vladimir Horowitz, Lang Lang, and his musical memory.
The only American to win the International Fryderyk Chopin Competition in Warsaw, the native of White Plains, New York is also a Grammy winner: on his teacher Rosinna Lhevinne, Lang Lang, and comparing Chopin and Liszt.
Silver medalist at the 2015 Tchaikovsky competition, George Li made his Carnegie Hall debut at the age of eleven. The Washington Post said, “There is no question 16-year-old pianist George Li has prodigious talent…he combines staggering technical prowess, a sense of command and depth of expression,”.
Second Prize winner at the 2010 International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition: on musical beginnings, Adam Harasiewicz, and his motivation before and after the 2005 and 2010 Chopin competitions.
Click here for our Mercury News interview with pianist Seong-Jin Cho, gold medalist of the 2015 International Fryderyk Chopin Piano competition in Warsaw. Additional remarks by Alessio Bax and Dang Thai Son.
Click here for our Mercury News interview with pianist Daniel Hsu, 2017 prize winner at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Additional remarks by Gary Graffman and Dang Thai Son.
Click here for our Mercury News interviews with David Ludwig, chair of composition at the Curtis Institute, and Alasdair Neale, former music director of the SF Symphony Youth Orchestra, for their thoughts on the phenomenon of 12-year-old wunderkind Alma Deutscher.
Click here for our KQED conversation with pianist Daniil Trifonov: on realizing his potential, devotion to composition, and the importance of rest. Additional comments by Sergei Babayan and Zsolt Bognar.
Click here for our Mercury News interview with pianist Yekwon Sunwoo, winner of the 2017 Van Cliburn competition: on love of classical music in South Korea, his early training regimen, and comments from his Juilliard professor, Robert McDonald, and President and CEO of the Cliburn, Jacques Marquis.
Click here for our KQED piece on whether or not young professionals of Silicon Valley are frequenting local classical music events, with figures provided by the San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Opera, Cal Performances, Stanford Live, Symphony Silicon Valley, and Music@Menlo.
Click here for our San Jose Mercury News review of Alessio Bax and Orion Weiss performing Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 10 k365 with Symphony Silicon Valley.
Click here for our KQED conversation with pianist Lucas Debargue: on his musical training, jazz musicians, the limitations of classical musicians, and more.
Click here for our San Jose Mercury News review of Opera San Jose's production of Rossini's "Il Barbiere di Siviglia'.
Click here for our KQED conversation with San Francisco Symphony violinist, Kum Mo Kim: on the subject of her father - the man who brought classical music to Korea.
Click here for our San Jose Mercury News review of Nicholas Demidenko's performance of the Scriabin Concerto with Symphony Silicon Valley.
Click here for our KQED conversation with pianists Garrick Ohlsson, Kirill Gerstein and Nikolai Demidenko: on Alexander Scriabin and why his ravishing Piano Concerto Op. 20 is underplayed.
Click here for our San Jose Mercury News review of the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra's 2016-2017 season opener, featuring Beethoven's Sixth and Robert Levin performing Beethoven's Third Concerto for Fortepiano.
Click here for our San Jose Mercury News review of Opera San Jose's production of Donizetti's 'Lucia di Lammermoor'.
Click here for our KQED conversation with pianist Jan Lisiecki and his teacher, Marc Durand, before his San Francisco Symphony debut: on Mozart, piano competitions, and talent.
Click here for our KQED conversation with mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke: on singing Mahler's 'Das Lied von der Erde' with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony.
Click here for our San Jose Mercury News review of violinist Sarah Chang's Chamber Music San Francisco recital of works by Brahms, Franck, Bartók and Ravel.
Click here for our KQED conversation with pianist Jeremy Denk: on Jazz, Art Tatum, Conlon Nancarrow, and the effects of pop music on classical performers.
Click here for our San Jose Mercury News review of a Music@Menlo recital featuring musicians from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in works by Beethoven, Dvořák and Dohnányi.
Click here for our San Jose Mercury News review of Opera San Jose's production of Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro".
Click here for our San Jose Mercury News review of the Borodin Quartet's seventieth anniversary Music@Menlo concert, featuring works by Borodin, Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich.
Click here for our San Jose Mercury News review of Nikolai Demidenko and Symphony Silicon Valley's season opener, dedicated to the late George Cleve.
Click here for our San Jose Mercury News review of Music@Menlo's final 2015 Schubert performance.
A review from 1924 in the “Zarya Vostoka” Russian newspaper covers three Horowitz recitals that took place in the Small Hall of the Conservatory in Tbilisi (formerly Tiflis), Georgia...
Click here for our San Francisco Examiner profile of composer Jake Heggie: on "Camille Claudel: Into the Fire" premiering with the Berkeley Symphony.
Click here for our San Francisco Examiner profile of Sasha Cooke before her San Francisco Symphony performance of Mahler's Third Symphony.