Marina Mdivani

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.

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David Finckel and Wu Han

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.

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