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 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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Artist Spotlight
November 13, 2012

An up-and-coming Canadian pianist is profiled in the documentary I Am Not a Rockstar now screening on the film festival circuit.

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Artist Spotlight
November 12, 2012

British actress Imogen Poots’ latest film A Late Quartet set her and her fellow actors the task of learning to play string instruments so as to capture the intimacy of a string quartet. 

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Artist Spotlight
November 6, 2012

Soprano Patricia Racette digs deep to describe her vision of the juicy, neurotic, “over-the-top” Tosca.

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