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ABOUT LIVING THE CLASSICAL LIFE

 

We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing back into classical music the human dimension lost in an ever more commercialized and dehumanized music business.

Living the Classical Life is an ongoing series of conversational portraits hosted by Zsolt Bognár. Its goal is to educate viewers so that they can experience music again as speaking directly from the heart to the heart.

The episodes focus on the inner world of classical musicians and the essence of music itself. Performers at various stages of their careers generously share what Living the Classical Life is about—its passions, fears, obstacles, and its rewards.

 

The intense, very personal exchange between host Zsolt Bognár and his guests is itself a real-time model for Living the Classical Life. Each episode has its own individual trajectory and its own intellectual, emotional, and visual flavor.

Any viewer, whether music critic, opera fan, or occasional concertgoer, will enjoy these exciting insights into the heart of classical music. In a first encounter with a seemingly daunting, closed world, the experience of its humanity is nothing short of transformative.

Created by Elyria Pictures, NYC, (2011-2021) and KATALOG Filmproduktion, Munich (starting from 2021).

ZSOLT BOGNÁR

Living the Classical Life is a natural extension of my diverse musical activities, rooted in meaningful conversation. There is no ordinary life in music; everyone has a story to tell, with lessons that go beyond the confines of concert halls and conservatories. I am grateful to hear so much feedback from our viewers, and my aim is to interest audiences curious about life and the pursuit of passion; I hope the humanity of my guests will inspire and encourage others.

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JUTTA ITTNER

I’d always been a music lover and avid concert-goer, but I never imagined how much it takes to "live a classical life" until I taught students from the Oberlin Conservatory and the Cleveland Institute of Music. I admired their passion and courage, and I was deeply moved by their dedication  and sacrifice.

I first met Zsolt as a freshman in my German class. Years later, our friendship led to the idea of bringing a whole new dimension to understanding classical music: a series of intimate conversations in which musician share their most intimate experiences, challenges and dreams.

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CAROLINE OLTMANNS Vice President

JONATHAN EIFERT Secretary

DANIEL ISENGART

SEAN P. MALONE

M. GEORGE STEVENSON

BEN WOLF

ADVISORS

SERGEI BABAYAN

STEPHEN HOUGH

DANIIL TRIFONOV

YUJA WANG

ROBERT WHITE

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