Artist Spotlight

These lively Q&A's aim to shed light on the personalities behind the music. Get to know your favorite artists...or discover someone new!


Artist Spotlight
February 21, 2011

Noah Bendix-Balgley, a 26-year-old violinist who combines a blossoming career in classical music with a love for Jewish music and klezmer, has over the years has become in effect become the youngest keeper of a grand tradition. He spoke with SFCV about his upcoming performance at the Jewish Music Festival and what led him to this genre.

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Artist Spotlight
February 15, 2011

Regina Carter, who achieved notoriety, and a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, as a jazz violinist, spoke with SFCV prior to her presentation of a premiere by composer Billy Childs.

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Artist Spotlight
February 7, 2011

For over 25 years, Shirley Verrett reigned as a leading diva of the international operatic stage. On the occasion of Black History Month, SFCV publishes major portions of the interview with Verrett, who died last year.  

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Artist Spotlight
February 7, 2011

Violinist Hilary Hahn catapulted into the international spotlight as a teenager, when the uncommon maturity of her debut recording shot it to the top of the charts. Now all grown up at 31, she returns to Herbst Theatre on Feb. 19.

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Artist Spotlight
January 31, 2011

If you’re looking for an inspiring Valentine’s Day gift, why not consider a ticket from Cal Performances? Pinchas Zukerman, one of today’s most inspiring and internationally recognized violinists is coming to Berkeley.

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Artist Spotlight
January 30, 2011

Music Director and Conductor Bruno Ferrandis talks with SFCV about the upcoming tour for the Santa Rosa Symphony in Vienna and the difference between the music in isolation in Europe and the intensity of the American symphony sphere.

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Artist Spotlight
January 24, 2011

The young violinist Ray Chen has made a global footprint that’s only getting larger, and he has the skills of a truly musical interpreter. In advance of his performance with S.F. Symphony for its Chinese New Year concert, he talks with SFCV.

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Artist Spotlight
January 17, 2011

Just as Pianist Simone Dinnerstein’s second all-Bach recording, Bach: A Strange Beauty, becomes available worldwide, Dinnerstein is setting out to explore new territory. She and singer-songwriter Tift Merritt will appear at Yoshi’s S.F. in an unusual musical collaboration titled "Night." SFCV caught up with Dinnerstein by phone.

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Artist Spotlight
January 11, 2011

Jean-Yves Thibaudet, one of the world’s foremost concert pianists, is celebrated for his sensitive and dazzling interpretations of his native French music, and other extensive repertoire. But his stage pizzazz sets him apart: He often dresses in couture outfits by Vivian Westwood, has model good-looks, plus a youthful spirit and enthusiasm that is contagious. He'll perform an an all-Liszt program with Cal Performances on Jan. 26.

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Artist Spotlight
January 3, 2011

Change has proven to be good for David Daniels, who switched to the highly unlikely vocal category of countertenor as a graduate student. Since, the award-winning singer has performed with opera companies around the world, and was the first countertenor to give a solo recital in the main auditorium of Carnegie Hall. He spoke to SFCV about his career and hobbies.

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