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
September 18, 2012

The hard-charging Albanian tenor Saimir Pirgu, about to make his S.F. Opera debut, found his calling when he heard the Three Tenors on TV. Now he’s chasing their fame; next spring he plays “son” to Plácido Domingo.

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Artist Spotlight
September 12, 2012

Violinist Joshua Bell anticipates his performance at S.F. Symphony’s season opener.

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Artist Spotlight
September 6, 2012

Semyon Bychkov reflects on his conducting goals, before he lifts his baton at the S.F. Symphony to perform Tchaikovsky, Bruch, and his fellow-St. Petersburg native Shostakovich.

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Artist Spotlight
August 29, 2012

Independent recording label Naxos has flourished in an age of downloading and streaming music. Its head, Klaus Heymann, reflects on his successes and on industry trends.

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Artist Spotlight
August 27, 2012

Love for lieder and years of singing opera made baritone Håkan Hagegård an impassioned artist, who now conveys his insights to young artists around the globe.

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Artist Spotlight
August 17, 2012

Striving to clue audiences in on the music they’re hearing, pianist and teacher Jeffrey Sykes believes in taking new paths to enhance their understanding.

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Artist Spotlight
August 7, 2012

Del Sol Quartet’s violist, Charlton Lee, looks forward to appearing at the Cabrillo Festival, and reflects on the challenge of playing while also vocalizing.

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Artist Spotlight
July 18, 2012

Although his solo careers drew him out of the Romero Guitar Quartet he’d grown up with, the lively, loquacious Angel Romero has retained his vital family connections.

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Artist Spotlight
July 18, 2012

An inspiring voice teacher speaks of the challenges and thrills he experiences with his opera-stars-to-be, at the Merola and Adler programs of S.F. Opera.

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Artist Spotlight
July 11, 2012

One of Finland’s best young pianists explores freedom and order in his programs at the 2012 Music@Menlo Festival.

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