Watch videos of preeminent classical artists recorded live in the WQXR café.
Recently in Café Concerts
Friday, March 21, 2014
Anne Akiko Meyers plays a centuries-old Guarneri del Gesu violin once used by Itzhak Perlman, Henri Vieuxtemps and Yehudi Menuhin, but it doesn’t reveal its beauty easily.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
The pianist Jenny Lin comes to the WQXR Cafe to show two sides of her personality, with Stravinsky's Firebird Suite and Gershwin's Embraceable You.
Monday, January 27, 2014
Alisa Weilerstein brings a Bach Gigue and Golijov's Omaramor to the WQXR Cafe, and talks about Dvorak, Venezuela and married life.
Sunday, January 19, 2014
When Avi Avital arrived on the scene, he set out to dispel the mandolin’s somewhat dowdy reputation, playing cross-cultural works from Klezmer to Balkan music. Watch him play two folk-influenced works in the WQXR Cafe.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
The Calmus Ensemble has sung not only Bach and Debussy but Irish airs and folk songs, jazz tunes and pop hits by Michael Jackson. In the WQXR Café the ensemble goes Christmas.
Monday, November 25, 2013
The Pacifica Quartet is joined by Anthony McGill, the principal clarinetist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, to give a performance of the second movement of Mozart's Clarinet Quintet in the WQXR Café.
Thursday, October 31, 2013
The soprano Susanna Phillips brought to the WQXR Café a set of Mozart songs that have their roots in salon music, meant to be sung by amateurs in living rooms and at social events.
Sunday, October 20, 2013
Accordion and classical guitar: it’s an unusual combination but it seems to work for the guitarist Jason Vieaux and the accordionist and bandoneón player Julien Labro.
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
When Béla Fleck came to the WQXR Café, curious staff members began asking about his repertoire. Would he be playing Scarlatti or Scruggs? A Bach invention or a bluegrass breakdown?
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Imani Winds was a novelty when it first arrived on the scene in 1997, a wind quintet that veered away from the customary European classical fare. Now they've reached a turning point.
Sunday, June 09, 2013
Conrad Tao runs his own music festival, has a major-label debut and is working towards a double degree from Columbia and Juilliard. The overachieving pianist and composer turns 19 this week. See him play at WQXR.
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Richard Stoltzman really wants to feel that he's connecting with his audiences – even if it means resorting to nudity.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Guitarist Benjamin Verdery recently stopped by WQXR to play the music of J.S. Bach, Prince and Randy Newman. Watch and listen to the performances.
Monday, May 06, 2013
The genre-bending string quartet Brooklyn Rider arrives at the WQXR Café to perform exuberant pieces inspired by the sounds of Eastern Europe, ancient Persia and beyond. Watch the videos.
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
In an age when crossover-slanted, heavily promoted violin babes are a staple of record industry marketing, Isabelle Faust’s career seems cut from a different cloth.
Tuesday, March 05, 2013
Pekka Kuusisto, who gained international attention when he became the first Finn to win the International Jean Sibelius Violin Competition, performs in the WQXR Cafe.
Monday, February 18, 2013
The Endellion Quartet is possibly the most famous string quartet to have completely avoided New York concert stages throughout much of its career. They're making up for lost time now.
Monday, February 11, 2013
Part of a generation of musicians trained in the former East Germany, Jan Vogler is now a New Yorker, performing regularly on the city's concert stages. Watch him play Bach in the WQXR Café.
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Somewhere along the way in her 20-some year career, Jennifer Koh jumped off the violin soloist treadmill in favor of less familiar paths and creative channels. See how in this Café Concert.
Monday, January 14, 2013
If Liszt were alive today, he may find a certain kinship with Chilly Gonzales, a pianist who once played for 27 hours straight. See Gonzales in the WQXR Café.