Julia interviews Macedonian pianist Simon Trpceski after his performance at Classical Underground. Simon Trpceski had just performed a series of concerts with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. In this interview, he discusses the Macedonian songs that he had performed that evening, his approach to creating energy onstage, and his love of singing (on and offstage).
Julia interviews world-renowned conductor Valery Gergiev shortly before he conducted the Mariinsky Theater Orchestra in Mahler’s 5th Symphony and Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa, CA. He discusses the years of training and preparation that are required for a conducting career and the magic that he feels on stage while conducting.
Jennifer interviews R. Douglas Sheldon, Senior Vice President and Director of Columbia Artists Management International. Mr. Sheldon is one of the best known and most respected artist managers in the field of classical music, managing some of the world’s preeminent artists and ensembles. In this interview, he discusses the role of a manager, his personal experiences, the future of classical music, and what he believes it takes for an artist to find a great manager.
Interview with tenor Daniel Montenegro before the Summer Nights in the Plaza concert series presented by the Beverly Hills Community Services Department. In this interview, he discusses what it was like to perform in Verdi’s La Traviata alongside Renee Fleming and Rolando Villazon, the little bits of luck and coincidence that it takes to make it in opera, and funny mishaps that he has experienced on stage.
Julia interviews legendary singer Marilyn Horne by phone, the day of the opening of the opera Mignon by Ambroise Thomas at the Music Academy of the West.
Interview with Israeli composer Avner Dorman, shortly before the West Coast premier of his work Spices, Perfumes, Toxins! at the Hollywood Bowl, featuring the percussion duo PercaDu.
Jennifer interviews acclaimed pianist Yefim Bronfman in Haifa, Israel after his performance of Brahms’ 2nd Piano Concerto with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. In this interview, he discusses the music scene in Israel, what influences him as a musician, the importance of studying the history of the music that he plays, and why classical music is relevant to … Read more