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Patriarchal Structures

An Interview with Olga Neuwirth By · Translated from the German by Catherine Kerkhoff-Saxon, with Katherine Michaelsen and Olga Neuwirth · Photography © HARALD HOFFMANN · Date 03/16/2016 This interview took place in November 2015, and is reproduced here in an abridged version. We spoke with Neuwirth about the persistence of the patriarchy in classical […]

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Finite Measures

An Interview with Dr. Joanne Loewy By · Photography antidigital_da (CC), Henne (CC) · Date 03/16/2016 In our last issue, VAN published Elena Cheah’s honest audition diary. The process is critical for professional musicians, but can also leave them discouraged about their career prospects or disconnected from their art form. For this follow-up article, we […]

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Homecomings

An Introduction to Andrew Trovato By · Photography Courtesy of Andrew Trovato · Date 03/03/2016 For Intro, we speak with the musicians who don’t show up in press releases. We hope to portray a diversity of background and experience in classical music. This is the first interview in an ongoing series. Andrew Trovato is a […]

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Singing By Radar

An Interview with Thomas Hampson By · Cover-Photography © Matthias Creutziger · Date 03/03/2016 I met Thomas Hampson for an interview before the meeting of a Munich opera club, where he was scheduled to speak. He was only very slightly late, but the well-meaning members of the of the club seemed worried. “Thomas Hampson never […]

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Among Strangers

An Interview with Morgan Neville By · Photography © Silk Road Project · Date 02/18/2016 “The talk about music being a universal language is a used and abused cliché,” says Kinan Azmeh, the Syrian clarinetist featured in Morgan Neville’s film “The Music of Strangers.” While there are some basic building blocks of music, its sounds, […]

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What Isn’t Art

An Interview with Christian Gerhaher By · Translated from the German by Cover-photography © JIM RAKETE, SONY CLASSICAL · Date 02/18/2016 The morning after a concert—with the Freiburger Barockorchester, in Cologne—I meet the German baritone Christian Gerhaher for an interview in a hotel lobby. We keep talking in the car on the way to the […]

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Faces of Change

Chineke! is Europe’s first black and minority ethnic orchestra. Founded by Chi-chi Nwanoku, its artistic director and the principal double bassist of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the ensemble is made up of independently active musicians who come together especially for projects. The name derives from a word in the southeastern Nigerian language […]

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Decades

Cover-photography Substantia Jones I studied composition with Georg Friedrich Haas in Basel from 2011-2013, his last years there before his move to New York City, where he teaches at Columbia University. In my Master’s recital, a musician showed late and an instrument I built broke, and I had trouble facing the—very supportive—audience. He managed to […]

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Stay Worried

I first met Betsy Jolas, a distinguished composer with a nearly 70-year career, in 2005. I had received a scholarship to attend the Academie Villecroze in Provence, France, and performed a piece of hers there. The work was “Mon Ami,” for a pianist; it’s unique in that the pianist sings, her voice melding with the […]

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Immersion

An Interview with Christian Tetzlaff By · Translated from the German by Photography Giorgia Bertazzi · Date 01/21/2016 VAN: Two weeks ago, I heard you play Bartók’s Violin Concerto No. 2 at the Berlin Philharmonic with the Staatskapelle Berlin and David Afkham, substituting for Patricia Kopatchinskaja. At practically the same time, you were touring with […]