Interviews 2013-2014 Season | Interviews 2012-2013 Season


Violinist Ye-Eun Choi talks with Jim Cunningham about her PSO debut in Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons."
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Guest Conductor Nicholas McGegan talks with Jim Cuninngham about his PSO concerts featuring Vivaldi's The Four Seasons, a Mozart chaconne, and Haydn's "Drumroll" Symphony.
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Lucas Meachem, baritone; and Sunhae Im, soprano, talk about working with Manfred Honeck in the PSO's Mozart Festival Finale.
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Pianist and Mozart scholar Robert Levin talks about the PSO's Mozart Festival, in which he plays Mozart's Piano Concerto #20 and contributes world-premiere completions of several unfinished Mozart works.
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Violinist Stefan Jackiw discusses Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in E minor, which he performs on April 4th and 6th with the PSO at Heinz Hall.
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Composer Christopher Rouse discusses "Supplica", commissioned by the PSO which performs the world premiere April 4th & 6th.
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Pittsburgh Symphony guest conductor Juraj Valcuha on the music of Ravel & Debussy.
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Guest conductor Michael Stern talks about the Pittsburgh Symphony's "American Fanfare" concerts, March 28-30, 2014.
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Pittsburgh composer Nancy Galbraith talks about her "Euphonic Blues" on the Pittsburgh Symphony's March 21 & 23 concerts.
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Guest conductor Donald Runnicles talks about orchestral excerpts from Wagner's "Ring" operas, and his anticipation of working with Pittsburgh composer Nancy Galbraith.
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Leonard Slatkin talks about concerts featuring music by Ravel and composer/pianist Michel Camilo.
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Violinist Joshua Bell discusses Lalo's Symphonie Espagnole.
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Guest conductor Gianandrea Noseda talks about "A Faust Symphony" by Franz Liszt and the "Symphonie espagnole" for violin and orchestra by Eduard Lalo.
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Guest conductor Gianandrea Noseda talks about the music of Alfredo Casella, Prokofiev and Schubert.
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Pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet discusses his Feb. 21-23, 2014 concerts with the Pittsburgh Symphony.
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Guest conductor Christoph Koenig talks about the January concert, the first event in a new "Beyond the Notes" series.
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Soprano Hila Plitmann talks about Richard Danielpour's "Darkness in the Ancient Valley."
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Austrian pianist Till Fellner discusses Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4.
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Pittsburgh Symphony concertmaster Noah Bendix-Balgley talks about his newly-acquired Bergonzi violin, featured in Bruch's Scottish Fantasy at Heinz Hall, Oct. 25-27.
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Pittsburgh Symphony Concertmaster Noah Bendix-Balgley discusses Bruch's Scottish Fantasy, which he performs Oct. 25 through 27 at Heinz Hall.
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Guest conductor Nikolaj Znaider talks about his program with the Pittsburgh Symphony, Oct. 25-27, 2013.
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2010 Chopin Competition winner Yulianna Adeeva talks about Mozart's Piano Concerto #21.
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Pittsburgh composer David Stock talks about the PSO's world premiere of his Symphony No. 6.
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Baritone Hugh Russell on Orff's Carmina Burana.
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Jim Cunningham interviews soprano Lisette Oropesa, who sings in Orff's Carmina Burana.
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Tenor Andrey Nemzer on Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana."
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Percussionist Andrew Reamer on Orff's "Carmina Burana."
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Pianist Yuja Wang talks with QED's Jim Cunningham about Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto #1.
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Pianist Valentina Lisitsa discusses Grieg's Piano Concerto with Jim Cunningham
Airdate: 3/16/2014

American conductor Kazem Abdullah talks with QED's Jim Cunningham before his Pittsburgh Symphony debut.
Airdate: 3/9/2014

Violinist Nicola Benedetti talks about the Tchaikovsky concerto, and her latest CD "The Silver Violin."
Airdate: 3/9/2014

Violinist Joshua Bell talks about Bernstein's Serenade
Airdate: 2/23/2014

Pittsburgh Symphony guest conductor Juanjo Mena talks with Jim Cunningham.
Airdate: 2/23/2014

Conductor and harpsichordist Jeannette Sorrell talks with Jim Cunningham about Bach's six Brandenburg Concertos.
Airdate: 2/16/2014

The PSO's Principal Guest Conductor talks about Prokofiev's Symphony #5, Mason Bates' The B Sides, and Mozart's Piano Concerto #25.
Airdate: 2/9/2014

Guest pianist Shai Wosner talks with QED's Jim Cunningham about his career and Mozart's Piano Concerto #15, featured on the Pittsburgh Symphony's March 8-10 concerts.
Airdate: 2/2/2014

Pittsburgh Symphony guest pianist Denis Matsuev talks about Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto #2, and his close personal connections to Rachmaninoff's music.
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Conductor Michael Francis discusses the January 25-27, 2013 Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra concerts
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Gianandrea Noseda discusses the January 18-20, 2013 Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra concert
Airdate: 12/22/2013

Cellist, Enrico Dindo, discusses the January 11-13, 2013 Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra concert
Airdate: 12/15/2013

Gianandrea Noseda discusses the January 11-13, 2013 Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra concert
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Composer of the Year Mason Bates & violinist Anne Akiko Meyers discuss the December 7 & 9 Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra concert.
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