Café Concerts

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

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Café Concert: Jason Vieaux and Julien Labro

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.

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Café Concert: Béla Fleck

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?

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Café Concert: Imani Winds

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.

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Café Concert: Conrad Tao

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.

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Café Concert: Richard and Mika Stoltzman

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Richard Stoltzman really wants to feel that he's connecting with his audiences – even if it means resorting to nudity.


Café Concert: Benjamin Verdery

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.


Café Concert: Brooklyn Rider

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.

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Café Concert: Isabelle Faust

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.

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Café Concert: Pekka Kuusisto

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.

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Café Concert: The Endellion String Quartet

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.

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Café Concert: Jan Vogler

Monday, February 11, 2013

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.

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Café Concert: Jennifer Koh

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.


Café Concert: Chilly Gonzales

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.

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Café Concert: Julian Rachlin

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.

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Café Concert: The Canellakis-Brown Duo

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.

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Café Concert: Maya Beiser

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.


Café Concert: Classical Jam

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.

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Café Concert: New York Polyphony

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.

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Café Concert: James Ehnes

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.

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Café Concert: Avi Avital

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.

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