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 podcast, Anna speaks with Rob Kennedy about her recording Sihouettes.

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 podcast, 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.

Born in 1958 into a musical family (the daughter of the Cathedral organist and choirmaster in Ottawa, Canada), Angela began her piano studies at the age of three, performed in public at four, and a year later won her first scholarship. In her formative years, she also studied classical ballet, violin, and recorder. From 1963-73 she studied at Toronto’s Royal Conservatory of Music with Earle Moss and Myrtle Guerrero, after which she completed her Bachelor of Music in Performance at the University of Ottawa in the class of French pianist Jean-Paul Sévilla, graduating at the age of 18. She was a prizewinner in numerous piano competitions in Europe, Canada, and the USA, but it was her triumph in the 1985 Toronto International Bach Piano Competition, held in memory of Glenn Gould, that truly launched her international career.” In this podcast, 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.

Photo: ChaerinKim.com

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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 podcast, Liza speaks with Rob Kennedy about her recording E Pluribus Unum.

Photo: Arthur Moeller

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