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
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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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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