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
January 23, 2013

With wide-ranging gifts and varied interests, soprano Christine Brandes keeps up with politics of antiquity as well as of today.

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Artist Spotlight
January 16, 2013

Now happily at home in San Francisco, Scottish-born conductor Alasdair Neale discusses his vision for the Marin Symphony and the need for a new model of concert-giving.

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Artist Spotlight
January 9, 2013

Naumburg winner and conservatory graduate violinist Tessa Lark dreams of showcasing both her classical virtuosity and her love of bluegrass music in her native Kentucky.

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Artist Spotlight
January 3, 2013

Lisa Vroman weighs in on her family’s musical roots and her abiding love for opera.

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Artist Spotlight
December 17, 2012

Eva-Maria Zimmermann and Keisuke Nakagoshi warm up for their San Francisco recital by talking about the risks and rewards of four-hand piano works.

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Artist Spotlight
December 7, 2012

An internationally respected Bach specialist, on his way to Berkeley, speaks of his affinity for his music, which is hugely popular in his native Japan.

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Artist Spotlight
December 4, 2012

Composers/conductors/teachers Dylan Mattingly and Matthew Cmiel riff on working with friends, despite being on opposite coasts.

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Artist Spotlight
November 28, 2012

In a continuation of his conversation with SFCV, Cal Performances Director Matías Tarnopolsky muses on the direction of music education in the U.S. and the fusing of performance and education goals at the UC Berkeley institution.

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Artist Spotlight
November 19, 2012

The much-in-demand mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato brings her glittering production to the North Bay, after triumphs in Europe.

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Artist Spotlight
November 15, 2012

Crossover feels like a national birthright to Douglas Lora, half of the Brasil Guitar Duo (the other half is João Luiz), which showcases both classical and popular music from their native Brazil and elsewhere.

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