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
December 13, 2014

The celebrated conductor shares memories of the founding of his orchestra and the making of Amadeus.

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Artist Spotlight
November 3, 2014

Traditional jazz still flourishes in New Orleans and elsewhere, kept alive by groups such as the Rebirth Brass Band.

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Artist Spotlight
October 7, 2014

The French-born conductor Stéphane Denève takes the S.F. Symphony on a lively international tour with works composed within a few years of each other.

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Artist Spotlight
September 8, 2014

“Cello goddess” Maya Beiser, prepping for a gig at Yoshi’s, uncovers and exploits new ways of pulling sound from her instrument, whatever the genre being played.

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Artist Spotlight
September 2, 2014

Young British phenom Benjamin Grosvenor launches the S.F. Symphony season with demanding Ravel’s Piano Concerto, promising a spellbinding evening. Good thing he has nerves of steel.

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Artist Spotlight
August 26, 2014

New Century Chamber Orchestra brings in a major name in Derek Bermel, their featured composer for the season. He’s a composer worth getting to know in a serious way.

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Artist Spotlight
August 19, 2014

The iconoclastic organist Cameron Carpenter is always ready to tear up concert halls and cathedrals with his vivid interpretations.

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Artist Spotlight
July 30, 2014

Hard to define, easy to admire, the hot trio Time for Three ranges widely in material, performance style, and ambition.

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Artist Spotlight
June 19, 2014

Before her run with the San Francisco Symphony, soprano Elza van den Heever gets candid with SFCV.

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Artist Spotlight
June 17, 2014

The impressively knowledgeable executive director of NCCO is about to turn over the keys to that string-ensemble kingdom to another.

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