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
March 29, 2011

Trevor Pinnock lives to make music, and believes that it should sound freshly made. When at rest, he prefers listening to silence.

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Artist Spotlight
March 22, 2011

Acclaimed cellist Zuill Bailey talks with SFCV about his love-at-first crush with the cello, doing what he loves for a living in El Paso and Alaska, his passion for musical outreach programs, and working on the television series Oz.

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Artist Spotlight
March 10, 2011

Since winning the lieder prize at the 1997 Cardiff Singer of the World competition, Christopher Maltman has ascended to the top ranks of operatic baritones. Yet Maltman is an avid recitalist. He talks with SFCV about his upcoming performance, his voice, and the future.

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Artist Spotlight
March 8, 2011

S.F.–based musician Pamela Z has been getting rave reviews for her musical wizardry for decades. Yet, exactly what she does is hard to pigeonhole and becomes more hyphenated with time. She talks with SFCV about her upcoming series, art, and experimenting with everything from music to food.

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Artist Spotlight
February 28, 2011

Singer/songwriter Randy Newman, who just garnered an Oscar for his Toy Story 3 song, weighs in on his latest work, in advance of his April 22 appearance at the San Francisco Jazz Festival.

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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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