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
July 4, 2012

One of the greatest clarinetists of our time reflects on his very full life and projects for the future.

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Artist Spotlight
June 27, 2012

Countertenor Robin Blaze continues to set off vocal fireworks in his bravura performances of oratorio and Bach.

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Artist Spotlight
June 20, 2012

Duo-pianists Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Joy Roe gleefully pursue wide-ranging interests as they promote and perform classical music in its many guises.

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Artist Spotlight
June 13, 2012

Michelle DeYoung returns to San Francisco to sing a favorite role — Judith, wife of Bluebeard, who learns some things she might in retrospect rather not have in Béla Bartók's early opera Duke Bluebeard's Castle.

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Artist Spotlight
June 6, 2012

Swedish virtuoso Martin Fröst not only swings on the clarinet, he sometimes dances. Plus, he once got to play Benny Goodman’s own licorice stick.

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Artist Spotlight
May 28, 2012

Noted German violinist Isabelle Faust conveys her mastery of Beethoven at Herbst Theatre, playing her “Sleeping Beauty” Stradivarius and accompanied by the much-praised Alexander Melnikov.

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Artist Spotlight
May 28, 2012

A beloved interpreter of Papageno in Mozart’s Magic Flute talks about the challenges of singing the role in English, adapting to new productions, and even shedding his shirt.

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Artist Spotlight
May 22, 2012

On the eve of her S.F. Symphony performances, violinist Hilary Hahn expands on her hectic life concertizing, building projects, webcasting, and soliciting new works from virtual unknowns.

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Artist Spotlight
May 17, 2012

Conductor David Robertson, renowned for his work presenting new music, describes his style of building programs that welcome a variety of listeners.

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Artist Spotlight
May 15, 2012

While missing his late wife and performing and recording partner, Jordi Savall continues to cross centuries, and cultural and geographic boundaries in celebration of early music. Next month Cal Performances will bring him back to the Berkeley Festival & Exhibition.

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