Artist Interview: Brad Balliett, bassoon

Bassoonist Brad Balliett is more than a musician; he is quite the well-rounded artist with a uniquely creative mind and one who finds inspiration from classical texts, his community involvement, and his earliest musical memories. In our interview below, Mr. Balliett shares with us his many passions: bassoon, composition, social and community impact, teaching, and.

Artist Interview: Christoph Richter, cello

Composer György Kurtág describes cellist Christoph Richter as “one of the best musicians and chamber musicians of all the outstanding cellists I’ve known.” As you’ll read in our interview below, his approach to performance and education is rooted in the early influence of his musical family and his wealth of knowledge of and deep respect.

Artist Interview: Erin Keefe, violin

Violinist Erin Keefe began her education and career focused on chamber music, then eventually landed the position of Concertmaster of the Minnesota Orchestra in 2011. She successfully integrates her passion for chamber music into her role as Concertmaster while continuing to perform in the chamber music world. In our interview below, we discuss this blend.

Artist Interview: Kristin Lee, violin

Violinist Kristin Lee makes her PCMS debut next week with a Philadelphia favorite in guitarist Jason Vieaux. An extremely versatile violinist, she enjoys a varied career as a soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, educator, and artistic director. In our interview below, we discuss her collaborations with Mr. Vieaux and composer Vivian Fung, Ms. Lee’s unique chamber music.

Artist Interview: Marcy Rosen, cello

As “one of the intimate art’s abiding treasures” (Los Angeles Times) cellist Marcy Rosen enjoys an extensive and varied career in chamber music and education, highlighted especially by the opportunities to work with the colleagues she calls friends. On January 10, Marcy returns to PCMS (for the second of three appearances this season) to pay tribute.

Artist Interview: Sarah Shafer, soprano

Praised by the New York Times for her “luminous voice” and “intensely expressive interpretations,” and named “remarkable, artistically mature … a singer to watch” by Opera News, soprano Sarah Shafer has earned ever greater accolades since her PCMS debut with Richard Goode back in 2012. Returning next month for her eighth appearance with the Society, this time with the Gamut.

Staff Pick: Barbara Hannigan

“Hannigan is, for those in the know, a marvel.” So begins Anne Midgette’s Washington Post review of the Canadian soprano’s “remarkable” D.C. recital debut last night. At PCMS, we’re proud to present one of the nation’s premier vocal recital series — yet seldom has a singer come to the Perelman Theater riding quite the level of.

Artist Interview: Emilie-Anne Gendron, violin

Emilie-Anne Gendron, violin, returns to the PCMS stage on November 19—this time debuting with Momenta Quartet. Previously seen with Musicians from Marlboro and the Gamut Bach Ensemble, Ms. Gendron’s appearance next month will be quite different. The Quartet is devoted to the development of new works by emerging composers, and the program you’ll hear remains.

Reflections on Chamber Music

Simon Housner is one of our Unlimited Student Pass holders that attends numerous concerts every season and as a cellist, he has participated in a number of our master classes with the artists that appear with us. In preparation for his application for Carnegie Hall’s National Youth Orchestra, he created a video essay about his experiences.

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