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
January 4, 2021

The charismatic young trumpeter and vocalist performs for Cal Performances at Home with her quintet.

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Artist Spotlight
December 21, 2020

The celebrated pianist talks about growing up in a family full of music, and life going forward.

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Artist Spotlight
December 21, 2020

Hot off her success in Porgy and Bess and a nonstop run of gigs, the feted singer reflects on an artist’s life in the mandated slow lane.

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Artist Spotlight
December 14, 2020

We chat with the tireless vocalist about her television special, life during lockdown, and her illustrious career.

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Artist Spotlight
November 30, 2020

The renowned mezzo-soprano talks about opera in the age of COVID-19 and her upcoming role in Jake Heggie’s Three Decembers with Opera San José.

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Artist Spotlight
November 3, 2020

We check in with the composer about her recent Heinz Award, her program pairing composers with performers, and how she stays more than busy despite the challenges.

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Artist Spotlight
October 26, 2020

The dynamo conductor, composer, and performer shares news from the Louisville Orchestra, tales from his Bay Area upbringing, and his upbeat philosophy.

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Artist Spotlight
October 19, 2020

The violinist and composer made her name with powerhouse pop and hip-hop covers and playing with Beyoncé, but she has Beethoven on her mind, too.

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Artist Spotlight
October 19, 2020

The new-music godfather talks about his long career, the evolution of contemporary music, and why he’s not leaping on the livestream bandwagon.

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Artist Spotlight
October 12, 2020

The revered choral director reflects on a career spent cultivating young vocal talent.

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