Watch videos of preeminent classical artists recorded live in the WQXR café.
Recently in Café Concerts
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
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.
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.