Café Concerts

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

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Café Concert: David Finckel and Wu Han

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

One of classical music's reigning power couples, David Finckel and Wu Han run a concert series, a festival, a record label and separate performing careers. Watch them perform in the WQXR Café.

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Café Concert: Vilde Frang

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Watch the rising young Norwegian violinist Vilde Frang perform the colorful music of Albéniz in the WQXR Café.

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Café Concert: Ballaké Sissoko and Vincent Segal

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The duo of Malian kora player Sissoko and French cellist Segal combine African and European idioms to create a uniquely delicate style. Watch them perform in our Café Concert video.

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Café Concert: Nicholas Phan

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Nicholas Phan says that he’s as American as dim sum and souvlaki. A New Yorker born of Greek and Chinese parents, the young tenor is currently making his name as an interpreter of Ben...

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Café Concert: Kristin Lee

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Plenty of violinists have evoked the sounds of other instruments. For violinist Kristin Lee, it was the gamelan, the musical ensemble from Indonesia known for its gently chiming percussive sounds, that caught her ear.


Café Concert: Jennifer Choi

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Ethel, the New York string quartet known for its use of improvisation and amplification, has just welcomed Jennifer Choi to the group. Watch a video of this dynamic young violinist performing in the WQXR Café.

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Café Concert: International Contemporary Ensemble

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Members of the International Contemporary Ensemble arrived in the WQXR Café to present Stravinsky's arrangement of Bach's Prelude and Fugue in C sharp minor. It's a piece that sounds...

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Café Concert: Music From Copland House

Friday, July 22, 2011

For the last dozen years, Aaron Copland's house has been turned into a center for scholarship and performance, most notably as the headquarters of the chamber group Music From Copland...

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Café Concert: Jason Vieaux

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Until this year, the Curtis Institute of Music, the famed conservatory in Philadelphia, did not regard the guitar as an instrument worthy of a place in its curriculum. When the school...

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Café Concert: Arnaud Sussmann

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Like the proud owner of a new car out for a first spin, Arnaud Sussmann came to the WQXR Café with a violin that had barely nudged the odometer. Watch him put some quality miles on th...

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Café Concert: Brasil Guitar Duo

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Brazilian music draws on a rich fusion of influences, including African sounds, jazz and European classical influences. Those sounds come together in the music of the Brasil Guitar Du...

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Café Concert: New York Polyphony

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

When radio programmers discuss "urban music" formats, 14th-century Gregorian chant is generally not what immediately springs to mind. Don’t tell that to New York Polyphony, a group ...


Café Concert: Philippe Quint

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Philippe Quint stars as a Russian violinist who moves to New York in the new indie film, "Downtown Express." He joins us to share one of the film's musical selections in the WQXR Café...

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Café Concert: Angela and Jennifer Chun

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Why settle for a violin soloist when you can have a duo? That, at least, is the theory behind the partnership of Angela and Jennifer Chun. The sister duo recently stopped by WQXR to p...

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Café Concert: Inbal Segev

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

In the WQXR Café Inbal Segev applied her 1673 Francesco Ruggeri cello to a suite of Celtic folk tunes, bringing out the hypnotic, insistent drone that one normally hears in bagpipe melodies.

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Café Concert: Kate Royal

Thursday, May 19, 2011

In the WQXR Café, the three-months-pregnant Kate Royal performed a selection of songs from her latest CD, and talked about how her busy career is going to change dramatically over the...

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Café Concert: Jennifer Koh and Anssi Karttunen

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Violinist Jennifer Koh and cellist Anssi Karttunen talk about the rich repertoire for violin and cello, including pieces by Ravel, Kodaly, Villa-Lobos, Honegger. See them perform a du...


Café Concert: Arabella Steinbacher

Monday, April 25, 2011

On a recent spring afternoon in the WQXR cafe, Arabella Steinbacher tore through Ysaye's Obsession. Next, she turned her attention to Kreisler’s brooding yet dramatic Recitative and S...

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Café Concert: Alisa Weilerstein

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

In the WQXR Café, the effusive 29-year-old Alisa Weilerstein evoked a classical version of Janis Joplin, fearlessly lunging into the grand emotional climaxes of Bach's Third Cello Sui...

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Café Concert: Ray Chen

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Ray Chen set himself a certain challenge with the name of his debut album: "Virtuoso." But the 22-year-old Taiwanese-Australian violinist proves his mettle in fiendishly difficult wor...

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