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David Orlowsky

May 2021

Clarinetist David Orlowsky keeps it real in his assessment of what it means to be a musician today and how to be yourself. He describes an incident wherein a standout mistake gave him freedom and ultimately success. He describes his love of klezmer music and surfing; refreshing and candid, this is not to be missed.

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Marcus Felsner

May 2021

Artist manager Marcus Felsner has represented some of the most major figures in classical music as well as upcoming performers. He shares insights into what it means to have management today, and whether or not his role is important in today's world. He discusses what old-world impresarios did in the age of the musical legends, and why this is neither possible today nor even desirable. His insights for aspiring musicians are illuminating and surprising--we hope you enjoy!

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Samuel Hasselhorn

May 2022​

Filmed May 2021 in Munich, baritone Samuel Hasselhorn joins for a wide-ranging candid conversation about the issues facing the midst and world of the musician. Winner of the 2018 Queen Elisabeth Competition, is rising on the international level, equally at home in the genres of opera, Lied, and oratorio. He shares his insights into performance mindset, vocal wellness, and dealing with setbacks, in a conversation sure to give hope for anybody pursuing a passion.

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Noah Bendix-Balgley

May 2022

"To be able to teach yourself, that's what practicing is about.”

Noah Bendix-Balgley Violinist Noah Bendix-Balgley is First Concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic and was Concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. He shares his insights into the world of orchestral playing, rehearsing, auditions, and expectations. He gives tips on how he practices and seeks artistic growth and inspiration.

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Lawrence Brownlee

April 2016

Joyce DiDonato described Lawrence Brownlee as "always in service of the music. His natural instrument is just incredibly beautiful." Born in Youngstown, Ohio, he had an extremely musical childhood, playing trumpet, guitar and drums, and singing Gospel music in church. Winner of the Richard Tucker Award and the Marian Anderson Award, he has made his way to the world's stages. Mr. Brownlee joined Living the Classical Life in April 2016 in NYC for this conversation about his life, his approach to study and to stage, and his advice to young performers.

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William Youn

May 2021

Critics have called him “a true poet of the piano” whose “brilliant touch” allows him to explore the “spiritual depths” of the music he plays: William Youn is one of the finest pianists of our day and has established an international reputation, particularly for his Schubert recordings. His playing is characterized by subtlety, emotional insight, and sensitive analysis. William joins Living the Classical Life for a discussion about stage, concentration, expectations, and a balanced life based on acceptance.

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Mischa Maisky

May 2022​

"Rostropovich said: you are like a son to me.” 

Mischa Maisky A living legend, cellist Mischa Maisky shares his many stories and perspectives from a rich musical life, told with great humor and humility. He recalls his friends and teachers, from Radu Lupu to Piatigorsky and Rostropovich, to his half a century with Martha Argerich.

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Wolf-Dieter Seiffert

May 2022

 

"The Henle Company was formed in 1948 with the permission of the

American military government." 

 

Ever wonder what goes into your musical score, from deciding which notes the composer actually meant to indicate, to deciding ways to increase readability? What does "Urtext" mean, and why should we care? Does Marc-André Hamelin put in the fingerings for Rachmaninoff, when he doesn't perform any of his music? Dr. Wolf-Dieter Seiffert, born in Frankfurt, studied musicology, modern German literature, and philosophy. In 1990 Seiffert started work at G. Henle Publishers as an editor, where he became managing director of G. Henle Verlag in 2000.

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Emmanuel Pahud

May 2022​

"Music is greater than us--it plays us."

Emmanuel Pahud, principal flute of the Berlin Philharmonic, joins Living the Classical Life in Berlin for a conversation about his life and work, and how he prepares for concerts and zeroes in on his musical voice. With anecdotes and reflections about the late violinist Ivry Gitlis, he shares advice for young performers.

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Zlata Chochieva

May 2022​

"Music is born from silence."

PIanist Zlata Chochieva, of Ossetian descent, is winner of numerous awards, over a dozen competitions and has five highly-praised albums to her name. She appeared at the Miami International Piano Festival, the Gilmore Keyboard Festival, the festival «Progetto Martha Argerich» in Lugano, the Lucerne Festival, and the Berliner Klavierfestival.

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Alena Baeva

May 2022​

"Beauty is everywhere around you."

Violinist Alena Baeva joins Living the Classical Life in Tokyo, where she performed the Schumann Concerto, after which she invited the audience to join a prayer for peace. Winner of the Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition, the Sendai Competition, the Moscow Paganini Competition, and the International T. Wronski Competition, she reflects on the artist's role in the changeable world today, and examines the obligations that may come with the spotlight. With discussions about competitions and the fostering of vulnerability for artistic growth, this conversation is a deeply introspective look at the musician's world.

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Stefan Dohr

July 2022​

"I definitely don't overthink things--I'm a horn player."

Stefan Dohr, Principal Horn of the Berlin Philharmonic, reflects on his stellar career as well as on some of its challenges, including how at 19 he survived the audition process and his first season as principal horn sight reading 25 operas. He explains why the "king of his instrument" (NY Chronicle) who is working with the world's leading conductors decided to use the pandemic hiatus for taking conducting classes with Paavo Järvi, and reminisces about Claudio Abbado.

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Neeme Järvi

July 2022​

"We're a family of fanatics."

Compelling and charismatic, conductor Neeme Järvi shares insights into his life and work at age 85. A living legend, he shares a no-nonsense assessment of what it takes to build and orchestra and community, how to establish musical trust with an orchestra through gestures, and what it means to be an Estonian musician. His recollections include studies with Mravinsky and Rabinovich, glimpses of old Detroit, and a look at his extensive, multi-generational family of musicians--all seen through a common lens: having fun.

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Kristjan Järvi

July 2022​

"All of us are trying to reach the heart-mind balance."

Conductor, composer, and prolific recording artist Kristjan Järvi has more than 60 albums to his credit. He discusses his immersive experiential musical events that foster unity between audience and performers alike and speaks about his reluctant musical beginnings within the prominent Järvi dynasty, starting as a pianist while growing up in New York. Full of meta-discussions about life, performance philosophy, and the heart-mind balance, this episode highlights a truly unique musical personality.

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Paavo Järvi

"If you have a father as a conductor, you are closer to insider information."

Prolific conductor and recording artist Paavo Järvi joins Living the Classical Life for an exclusive discussion about his musical family and their Estonian roots, and the Pärnu Music Festival, which he founded. He shares his musical beginnings, the role and influence of his father, conductor Neeme Järvi, the story of his early meeting with composer Dmitri Shostakovich and a glowing remembrance of the late piano legend Radu Lupu.

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Marius Neset

July 2022​

“Jazz musicians today are using some of the same harmonies that Grieg did in his time.”

How does a saxophone quartet premiere fit into a Norwegian Beethoven chamber music festival? Find out - and experience Marius Neset's magical midnight solo high above a fjord. This conversation focuses on the language of improvisation, harmonic confluences of jazz and classical music, and the challenges of being in the moment.

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Leif Ove Andsnes

July 2022​

“I was just a shy boy from rural Norway.”

Internationally-celebrated pianist and recording artist Leif Ove Andsnes welcomes Living the Classical Life on location at his chamber music festival in Rosendal, Norway. He discusses his life in music, from his teachers and early influences to how he overcame his insecurities, and his quick meteoric rise to the world's stages. Reflective on the value of nature and balance, this conversation is sure to give hope to aspiring performers.

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Jan Swafford

July 2022​

“People don’t live their lives in order to be interpreted by others for money.”

His Brahms and Ives biographies were end-of-year Critics' Choices in The New York Times, and his Beethoven: Anguish and Triumph was a NY Times bestseller. American composer, author, and commentator Jan Swafford relives what it was like to dive into the humor and charm of Beethoven and the esoteric depth and touching love letters of Ives--and what it was like to almost feel in their presence. Humorous and dynamic, this conversation is also the first to feature the expanded cinematography of Living the Classical Life, filmed in Norway.

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Lars Vogt

July 2022​

“In music, you get transported and you forget everything.”

Living the Classical Life travels to Nuremberg Germany for a special conversation with distinguished pianist Lars Vogt, who at age 52 has been fighting aggressive cancer. Courage in the face of an uncertain future is a life theme that resonates with all; he shares how he continues to play with limited strength, finding solace in the music of Johannes Brahms. The heart of the conversation is a contemplation of what is most important to us in our lives, and what to make of the gift of life. Full of lively and even humorous anecdotes, this is an episode unlike any we have had.

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Karen Gomyo

May 2021​

“What we feed our mind with is what it becomes.”

Violinist Karen Gomyo gives a heartfelt account of growing up with a single mother and dividing her energies between violin, karate, and ballet until hearing a performance by Midori that transformed her life trajectory. With accounts of her legendary and demanding teacher Dorothy DeLay and finding a zone on stage as an introvert, Gomyo examines what it means to express musical artistry in the larger world and find an authentic voice.

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Tobias Truniger and Magdalena König

May 2021​

"You need a strong vision, and then life will show you where to go."

Studio director and vocal coach Tobias Truniger and managing director Magdalena König talk about the Munich State Opera's two-year training program for young singers. They discuss how to detect a promising artist among talents from all over the world, how to bring out the best in each student, and how to guide them towards a trajectory for lifelong growth in today's world.

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Johannes Moser

May 2021​

"As musicians, we are just lonesome riders. We need to create a team."

Cellist Johannes Moser, winner of the Silver Medal at the Tchaikovsky International Cello Competition and soloist with many of the world's major orchestras, shares his insights into his musical beginnings, and crucially what it takes to prepare mentally for a debut with the Berlin Philharmonic. He shares his work with a sports psychologist, and how his musical momentum came from auditioning for conductors.

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Lisa Batiashvili

May 2021​

"Time is an important teacher"

Violinist Lisa Batiashvili opens up about her musical world, describing her support of young musicians and what it takes to provide for their future. She shares thoughts on motivation and practicing, as well as confidence and focus on stage—and what it means to feel ready. 

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Christian Gerhaher

May 2021​

"We don't always have to convince the audience - we make an offer."

Baritone Christian Gerhaher describes what the NYT called “the world’s greatest song partnership” with pianist Gerold Huber. He also talks about his encounters with legendary singers Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Elizabeth Schwarzkopf, and why he spearheaded the German artists’ fight against a pandemic lockdown all the way to the Supreme Court. He explains to young musicians how creating your opportunities can later lead to sustainable momentum.

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Nicholas Canellakis  ​

October 2019​

"Acting and music should be similar: You listen, and you react"

Hailed by The New Yorker as a “superb soloist,” Mr. Canellakis made his Carnegie Hall concerto debut with the American Symphony Orchestra and is a regular guest artist at many of the world’s leading music festivals. Also a filmmaker and actor, he has hosted a comedy web series in which he conducts satirical interviews with stars of the classical music world and has produced and directed several music videos and fictional shorts, among them Thin Walls (2019) about an obsessive cellist who practices all day long. Filmed in October 2019, Mr. Canellakis joined us in New York City between performances to tell about his unusual musical life. 

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Nicholas Canellakis  ​

October 2019​

"Acting and music should be similar: You listen, and you react"

Hailed by The New Yorker as a “superb soloist,” Mr. Canellakis made his Carnegie Hall concerto debut with the American Symphony Orchestra and is a regular guest artist at many of the world’s leading music festivals. Also a filmmaker and actor, he has hosted a comedy web series in which he conducts satirical interviews with stars of the classical music world and has produced and directed several music videos and fictional shorts, among them Thin Walls (2019) about an obsessive cellist who practices all day long. Filmed in October 2019, Mr. Canellakis joined us in New York City between performances to tell about his unusual musical life. 

Special Edition: Transcending 2020-2022

July 14, 2021

"This moment is when all the reflection can happen”  - Karen Gomyo

Filmed at the height of the pandemic in locked-down Germany, here are twelve perspectives on how Covid is impacting musicians' lives and careers, and the future of classical music - among them by baritone Christian Gerhaher, flutist Emmanual Pahud, violinist Lisa Batiashvili, and the publisher of the famous ”blue” Henle Urtext editions.  At turns honest and hopeful, the lessons learned far outlast the pandemic.

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Nicholas Canellakis  ​

October 2019​

"Acting and music should be similar: You listen, and you react"

Hailed by The New Yorker as a “superb soloist,” Mr. Canellakis made his Carnegie Hall concerto debut with the American Symphony Orchestra and is a regular guest artist at many of the world’s leading music festivals. Also a filmmaker and actor, he has hosted a comedy web series in which he conducts satirical interviews with stars of the classical music world and has produced and directed several music videos and fictional shorts, among them Thin Walls (2019) about an obsessive cellist who practices all day long. Filmed in October 2019, Mr. Canellakis joined us in New York City between performances to tell about his unusual musical life. 

Martina Arroyo

November 18, 2019

"In music you can feel so much and just let go - and you do" 

Martina Arroyo, a pioneer among African-American performers in the operatic field, is considered one of opera's most effective public ambassadors, from her three-decade performing career to her ongoing involvement in the Arroyo Foundation. As you will see in our conversation, this is not least due to what World Biography called her “down-to-earth sense of humor, coupled with a diva-sized personality.” Enjoy her unique reminiscences of working with legends Renata Tebaldi, Leonard Bernstein, and Victor Borge! 

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Nicholas Canellakis  ​

October 2019​

"Acting and music should be similar: You listen, and you react"

Hailed by The New Yorker as a “superb soloist,” Mr. Canellakis made his Carnegie Hall concerto debut with the American Symphony Orchestra and is a regular guest artist at many of the world’s leading music festivals. Also a filmmaker and actor, he has hosted a comedy web series in which he conducts satirical interviews with stars of the classical music world and has produced and directed several music videos and fictional shorts, among them Thin Walls (2019) about an obsessive cellist who practices all day long. Filmed in October 2019, Mr. Canellakis joined us in New York City between performances to tell about his unusual musical life. 

Carlos Miguel Prieto

November 2019

“There’s nothing like the imagination of a musician”

Charismatic conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto recounts stories from his musical upbringing in Mexico and what it means to perform music on the world’s stages, tying in the musicians’ mission to a refreshingly real outlook on the musical life. Prieto is the music director of the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Mexico and the Orquesta Sinfonica de Mineria, of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra in New Orleans, and The Orchestra of the Americas in Washington, D.C.. His stories are not to be missed!

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