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
July 13, 2013

Nicola Benedetti was recently voted Classical Brit of the Year, and at only 26, has become one of Scotland’s most wanted exports. But she’s not letting success turn her head.

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Artist Spotlight
July 2, 2013

Michael Feinstein, his marriage newly legitimized, talks about his big-band gig in San Francisco, where he’ll salute the Gershwin brothers in his inimitable style.

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Artist Spotlight
June 12, 2013

Pianist Jonathan Biss, about to perform Schumann with the S.F. Symphony, champions him as a perpetually fascinating composer who elicits deep personal feelings.

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Artist Spotlight
June 6, 2013

Singer/composer Rufus Wainwright rides life’s challenges with a light heart and a commitment to reinvent himself regularly.

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Artist Spotlight
May 23, 2013

Matthew Polenzani returns to S.F. Opera to sing the title role in Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann. Here, he opens up about the challenges of Hoffmann, his approach to new roles — and what he has planned for future seasons.

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Artist Spotlight
May 15, 2013

Lera Auerbach, preparing for a premiere with New Century Chamber Orchestra, discusses her need to pursue multiple artistic endeavors beyond mere composing.

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Artist Spotlight
May 2, 2013

The young bicoastal and tremendously busy tenor Michael Fabiano has much to say about getting into the character of a song, and the crying need for arts in the schools.

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Artist Spotlight
April 18, 2013

Approaching the winter of the Tokyo String Quartet’s existence, cellist Clive Greensmith reflects on changes and challenges over the years, and on his plans for the future.

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Artist Spotlight
April 17, 2013

The much-lauded choreographer Paul Taylor reflects on rites of spring on stage and in his own garden, as his company readies for a series of San Francisco performances.

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Artist Spotlight
April 12, 2013

Before making his S.F. Symphony debut, Augustin Hadelich talks about his musical upbringing in Italy with German parents, how he prepares for performance, and where he finds his extraordinary instruments.

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