On the eve of his PSO debut, Israeli pianist Benjamin Hochman talks about his mentors Pinchas Zukerman, Mitsuko Uchida, Richard Goode, and classmates Jonathan Biss and Lang Lang. He also covers his musical interests and approach to music-making.
Michael Rusinek talks about Alan Fletcher's new Clarinet Concerto, inspired by Samuel Barber's music and commissioned for him by the PSO. The Canadian-born clarinetist also talks about his U.S. citizenship, and working with students in China.
Pianist Horacio Gutierrez tells Jim Cunningham about his appearances with the PSO beginning in the Previn era, the appeal of Beethoven's "Emperor" Concerto, favorite movies, his recent recovery from gastric lymphoma, and music in Cuba.
Manfred Honeck discusses his appearances with American orchestras featuring "Ein Heldenleben" by R. Strauss and plans for the Pittsburgh Symphony, as well as his work in opera pit, Alan Fletcher's new Clarinet Concerto, and tours in Japan.
Violinist Chee-Yun talks about Mozart concertos, PSO Concertmaster Andres Cardenes, composer Krysztof Penderecki, pianist Barry Douglas, clothes shopping, and her performance at the Clinton White House.
Pittsburgh Symphony Concertmaster and Guest Conductor Andrés Cárdenes talks about his PSO concert featuring Hindemith's Concert Music for Strings and Brass, Schumann's "Rhenish" Symphony and Mozart's Violin Concerto #3 with guest soloist Chee-Yun.
Pianist Emanuel Ax talks about his friendship with Alfred Brendel, the history of great pianists in Pittsburgh especially Byron Janis, the perfection in Chopin's music, playing Chopin in his native Poland, and about Chopin's remains.
Charles Dutoit discusses his new post with The Philadelphia Orchestra; the ties between Debussy's "Jeux" and Diaghilev's tennis-match ballet scenario; Janacek's "Sinfonietta;" and he defends the orchestration of Chopin's Piano Concerto #2.
Conductor Stephane Deneve explains the title of Ravel's "Pavane pour une enfant defunte," recalls visits to Ravel's home, talks about Roussel's "Bacchus et Arianne," the recent birth of his first child, and his first hearing of the Pittsburgh Symphony in Europe.
Principal Harp Gretchen Van Hoesen gives a detailed preview Andre Previn's brand-new concerto, commissioned for her by the Pittsburgh Symphony. She talks about Previn's PSO years, her teachers, her father, and her prized lavender harp.