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 20, 2014

The much-recorded, much-loved tabla artist prepares for his Zellerbach Hall concert and discusses matters ranging from his childhood influences to his latest ensemble colleagues.

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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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