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 13, 2014

Pianist Dmitri Alexeev discusses the stylistic differences among pianists from the Soviet era versus Russians playing in recent decades.

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Artist Spotlight
March 12, 2014

Maya Beiser, a collaborative artist/cellist/innovator, believes strongly that music can open minds and even change lives, and works toward that end in her many ventures moving from classical to creating something new.

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Artist Spotlight
February 14, 2014

The world-renowned viola da gambist Jordi Savall pleads for the primacy of the artist, to help avert political disaster.

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Artist Spotlight
February 12, 2014

One of the founding fathers of New Age music, Kitaro continues to blur boundaries, and will do so with the Santa Rosa Symphony.

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Artist Spotlight
February 5, 2014

Soyeon Kate Lee readies for a “Pianists in Paris” recital in Menlo/Atherton on Sunday.

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Artist Spotlight
January 29, 2014

New Grammy-winner Osmo Vänskä, no longer with the Minnesota Orchestra, prepares a varied Finnish/Russian concert with the S.F. Symphony.

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Artist Spotlight
January 28, 2014

Canadian baritone Gerald Finley, set to perform the art-defining song cycle Die Winterreise in Berkeley, discusses its many soul-shaking challenges.

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Artist Spotlight
January 24, 2014

Pianist Simone Dinnerstein discusses her penchant for performing Bach, which she has played since a child, and comparing her style to that of other interpreters.

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Artist Spotlight
January 14, 2014

Past-mistress of that ancient Chinese stringed instrument the pipa, Wu Man reflects on her unconventional start in music and her long road to the world’s concert stages.

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Artist Spotlight
January 7, 2014

New songs, classic songs, collaborations — Anne Sofie von Otter craves doing it all, and does so with class.

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