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
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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Artist Spotlight
June 10, 2014

Mezzo Elizabeth DeShong elaborates on her understanding of Madama Butterfly's confidante, as she prepares for her S.F. Opera run in the emotionally powerful role.

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Artist Spotlight
June 4, 2014

Noted for his “reimagining” of works by Mahler and Mozart and their ilk, Uri Caine discusses his Jewish roots, classical improv, and wide-ranging jazz influences.

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Artist Spotlight
May 28, 2014

Others’ scholarship and playing styles helped draw Kristian Bezuidenhout to the beguiling field of early-music performance.

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