Conversations with Instrumentalists Part 3

In these conversations with our staff announcers, 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.

David Arcus

From Visit Hillsborough’s website: “A native of Kingston, New York, David Arcus was the Duke University Chapel Organist and Associate University Organist for thirty years. He holds the B. Mus. degree from Oberlin Conservatory and the M.Mus. and Mus.D. degrees from the Yale University School of Music. Active as a recitalist, he has concertized in the United States, Great Britain, France, and Germany, including Washington National Cathedral, London’s St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Leeds Town Hall, Bamberg’s Imperial Cathedral, and Paris’s St. Sulpice. He is in frequent demand as an organ clinician, having taught recently at the national and regional conventions of the American Guild of Organists. He has performed with the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra and accompanied the Duke Chapel Choir on tours to Great Britain, Poland, The Czech Republic, Spain, Greece, Turkey, and The People’s Republic of China. He is also a composer and is recognized internationally as an improviser at the organ.”

Photo: Suzanne Maupin

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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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Anne-Marie McDermott

From her website:

Pianist Anne-Marie McDermott is a consummate artist who balances a versatile career as a soloist and collaborator. She performs over 100 concerts a year in a combination of solo recitals, concerti and chamber music. Her repertoire choices are eclectic, spanning from Bach and Haydn to Prokofiev and Scriabin to Kernis, Hartke, Tower and Wuorinen.


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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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David Starobin

From his website:

“David Starobin is the dedicatee of more than three hundred compositions featuring the guitar, including works by Milton Babbitt, Elliott Carter, George Crumb, Poul Ruders and Gunther Schuller. A frequently honored figure, Starobin was called “arguably the most influential American classical guitarist of the 20th Century” (Soundboard), and was inducted into the Guitar Foundation of America’s “Hall of Fame” in 2011. David Starobin concertizes and records on both period and modern guitars, often championing the music of 19th century guitar masters Giuliani, Sor, Matiegka and Regondi.”

Photo: Bridge Records

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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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