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 5, 2015

A versatile choreographer who still dances after four decades, Caniparoli talks about his career, his most popular ballet, and about finding diamonds-in-the-rough at San Francisco Ballet.

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Artist Spotlight
December 13, 2014

The young, star-to-be soprano gives her take on “early music,” working with Mark Morris, and Handelʼs Messiah.

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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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