Watch videos of preeminent classical artists recorded live in the WQXR café.
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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.
Thursday, December 06, 2012
After a difficult prodigy phase, violinist Julian Rachlin has matured into a career that includes many things: chamber music, concertos, conducting and teaching. Watch him perform in the WQXR Cafe.
Friday, November 16, 2012
The Canellakis-Brown Duo plays chamber music and has an online comedy series "Conversations with Nick Canellakis." Watch them perform in the WQXR Café.
Tuesday, October 09, 2012
Her Twitter account is called "Cello Goddess" and one of her crossover successes was the Led Zeppelin tune "Kashmir." Watch Maya Beiser perform in the WQXR Café.
Monday, September 17, 2012
Classical Jam, a freewheeling ensemble of five young New York chamber musicians, wants to bring classical music to new audiences. See how they do it when they perform in the WQXR Café.
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Vocal ensemble New York Polyphony evokes an otherworldly place with a program of sacred Renaissance music as well as a modern lullaby. Watch the videos here.
Sunday, July 15, 2012
He performs with major orchestras, runs his own string quartet and is artistic director of the Seattle Chamber Music Society. But James Ehnes is also a regular guy.
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
When you think mandolin, bluegrass pickers and old-timey music frequently comes to mind. But when Avi Avital sat down to play in the WQXR Café, the sounds of Bach and Bloch filled the air.
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
John Dowland is often considered the pinnacle of refined Elizabethan music. But for Michael Slattery, the composer may not represent England at all, but Ireland. He shows why in the WQXR Café.
Wednesday, May 09, 2012
Steven Isserlis, the English cellist, came to embrace Beethoven and Bach comparatively late in his busy career. He told us why, and performed live in the WQXR Café.
Wednesday, May 02, 2012
Nathan Gunn is known for such roles as Billy Budd, the Count in Marriage of Figaro and Lancelot in Camelot. Outside the opera world, he's the proud holder of a spot in People magazine’s “sexiest men alive” issue.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Tim Fain accompanied Natalie Portman in Black Swan and has been a regular collaborator with Philip Glass in recent years. Watch this video of him performing Glass's Partita.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Using some 40 different types of instruments, the Berlin-based quartet is just as likely to play the Renaissance canon as it is to tackle outrageously theatrical new works by today's composers.
Thursday, April 12, 2012
French pianist Alexandre Tharaud has a particular fascination with the music that emerged from Le Boeuf Sur le Toit cabaret in the 1920s. Watch him play "Le Jazz" in the WQXR Café.
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Ryu Goto opened his Café Concert with Kreisler's Liebesleid, a bittersweet waltz that evokes a kind of aristocratic grace from another era. But Goto is hardly a violinist stuck in the past.
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Classical guitarist Xuefei Yang is on a mission to make her instrument more visible in the classical music mainstream. See her perform in the WQXR Café in two videos.
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
The Brentano String Quartet has taken abandoned pieces by Bach, Shostakovich, Haydn and Mozart, and commissioned several composers to write individual responses to them.
Wednesday, February 08, 2012
The English viol consort Fretwork had much to celebrate as it entered its 25th anniversary season last year. But the group suffered a tragedy from which it now strives to overcome.
Thursday, January 26, 2012
To see Shenyang in an opera house, you might not guess that he's capable of delivering delicate art songs with subtle expressions. But he has begun championing Chinese art songs, as these videos show.