Conversations with Instrumentalists

In these conversations with our staff announcers Rob Kennedy, Elizabeth Elliott, and Dan McHugh, distinguished musicians talk about their new recordings, their art, and much more. These musicians love what they do and are most eager to share their art with everybody. Let your family and friends know about these conversations, which they can listen to or download anytime. You can also listen to these conversations on our apps.

Anna Fedorova

From her website: ” Anna Fedorova is one of the world’s premier young pianists. From an early age, she demonstrated an innate musical maturity and outstanding technical abilities. Her international concert career took off while she was only a child and audiences around the world were “completely taken by surprise, compelled and astonished” by the depth and power of her musical expression.” In this conversation, Anna speaks with Rob Kennedy about her recording Silhouettes.

Photo: Marco Borggreve

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Hilary Hahn

From her website: “Three-time Grammy Award-winning violinist Hilary Hahn is renowned for her virtuosity, expansive interpretations, and creative programming. Her dynamic approach to music-making and her commitment to sharing her musical experiences with a broad global community have made her a fan favorite.” In this conversation, Hilary speaks with Elizabeth Elliott about her new CD Paris.

Photo: Michael Patrick O’Leary

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Angela Hewitt

From her website: “One of the world’s leading pianists, Angela Hewitt appears in recital and as soloist with major orchestras throughout Europe, the Americas, Australia, and Asia. Her interpretations of the music of J.S. Bach have established her as one of the composer’s foremost interpreters of our time.  In this conversation, Angela speaks with Rob Kennedy about her recording Beethoven: Variations.

Photo: Simon Fowler

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Chaerin Kim

Dr. Chaerin Kim’s website states that she is “a multi-instrumentalist, being one of the very few in the world who you can see performing as a soloist with two instruments on the same stage with an orchestra, internationally acclaimed harpist, pianist, composer.” Dr. Kim chats with Rob Kennedy about her education and work as a performer and teacher.


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Ronn McFarlane & Carolyn Surrick

Lutenist Ronn McFarlane and viol da gamba player Carolyn Surrick speak with Rob Kennedy about their recording Fermi’s Paradox.

Photo: James Carr

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Charles Metz

Dan McHugh speaks with harpsichordist and early keyboard specialist Charles Metz about his recording from Navona Records William Tisdale: Music For Virginal. The album features historical repertoire seldom heard even by Early Music aficionados, all performed on a painstakingly restored Francesco Poggi virginal built c. 1590. The virginal, a member of the harpsichord family, was popular in the late Renaissance into the early Baroque period.

Photo: Joe Mazza

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Liza Stepanova

From her website: “Praised by The New York Times for her “thoughtful musicality” and “fleet-fingered panache,” Liza Stepanova has performed at the Berlin Philharmonie, the Weill and Zankel recital halls at Carnegie Hall; Alice Tully, Merkin, David Geffen, and Steinway halls in New York City and at the Kennedy Center. She has appeared as a soloist with conductors James DePreist and Nicholas McGegan and live on WQXR New York, WFMT Chicago, and WETA Washington.” In this conversation, Liza speaks with Rob Kennedy about her recording E Pluribus Unum.

Photo: Arthur Moeller

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