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
April 10, 2013

Vocal coach and accompanist extraordinaire Steven Blier waxes eloquent on how he helps singers make art songs vivid, personal, and sincere.

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Artist Spotlight
April 2, 2013

The virtuoso recitalist Richard Goode speaks of how Beethoven chose him, and of how he loves to “enact the music” for himself and his rapt audiences.

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Artist Spotlight
April 1, 2013

The man-of-many-voices Bobby McFerrin reflects on his career start in the Bay Area, his musical legacy from his parents, and his recent innovative CDs.

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Artist Spotlight
March 13, 2013

For her San Francisco recital, a rising star, the mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard, selects music that’s both personally meaningful and challenging.

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Artist Spotlight
February 26, 2013

A passionate advocate of contemporary music, as well as a master of the classics, violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter talks about composers she venerates.

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Artist Spotlight
February 26, 2013

Coming from a culture that regards classical music as vital to family life, violinist Sarah Chang reflects on her international tours and her 300-year-old instrument that, she says, will outlive her.

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Artist Spotlight
February 13, 2013

Growing up in Spain gave David Russell a love for the guitar, which he has parlayed into a much-lauded career.

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Artist Spotlight
February 4, 2013

Widely recorded and always giving recitals, the Danish recorder virtuoso Michala Petri talks about her love of contemporary music and jazz, and how music lives in in her finger-memory.

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Artist Spotlight
January 31, 2013

The erhu player in the San Francisco Symphony’s Lunar New Year concert is taking his instrument international.

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Artist Spotlight
January 29, 2013

About to visit the Bay Area for a recital, Gil Shaham talks about new works he’ll perform and an unusual flowering of violin concertos in the 1930s.

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