People we've interviewed

Kristjan Järvi with Gidon Kramer and the Baltic Sea Philharmonic
Kristjan Järvi with Gidon Kramer and the Baltic Sea Philharmonic
Robert's interviews with the singers, instrumentalists, conductors, directors and all those others who are making waves in the classical world, both the famous and those who are starting to make names for themselves.

Recent interviews have included conductor Peter Dijkstra of the Netherlands Chamber Choir, composers Patrick Hawes, Nicola Lefanu, and Rachel Portman,  Anneke Scott the French horn player who specialises in period performance, the genre-crossing pianist Thomas Lauderdale of the band Pink Martini, and Samir Savant the new director of the London Handel Festival.

Interviews are normally scheduled to publicise a particular event, but sometimes they happen simply because an artist is happy to be talked to about their career. And interesting things can happen, my interview with Rhian Lois included a fascinating talk about what its like to sing when pregnant. Politics and the state of society have, not surprisingly, cropped up more than once this year. Jan Vogler, the intendant of the Dresden Music Festival was concerned to use the arts to counter the atmosphere created by the anti-Islam demonstrations in Dresden, whilst both conductor Kristjan Järvi and composer Sven Helbig were both concerned with the nature of today's society and the relationship between music, the arts and society.

Pianists
Christopher Glynn, Margaret Fingerhut, Lucy Parham, Llyr Williams, Alexandra Dariescu, Rebecca Omordia, Paul Berkowitz, Julian Jacobson,

Instrumentalists
Violinists David Irving, Hugo Ticciati, Thomas Gould, Vadim Gluzman, French Horn Ben Goldscheider,

Choirs & Ensembles
Tim Williams of Psappha, Benjamin Thiele-Long of Lumen, Matthew O'Keefe of Brixton Chamber Orchestra,

Opera companies & festivals
Henry Little of Opera Rara, Guy Withers of Waterperry Opera Festival, Serge van Veggel of Opera2Day, Laurence Cummings of the London Handel Festival, Finnegan Downie Dear of Shadwell Opera, Sophie Gilpin of HeadFirst

Composers
Patrick Hawes, Martin Bussey, Thea Musgrave, Moritz Eggert, Pawel Lukazewski, Dai Fujikura, Gediminas Gelgotas, Samuel Hertz, Owain Park, Marcus Paus,

Singers
Marta Fontanals-Simmons,   Angelika Kirchschlager, Chen Reiss, Bruce Sledge,

Conductors
Benjamin Zander, Stephen Barlow,  Andrew Nethsingha, Leo Duarte, JohnNelson, Adrian Sutton,

Directors
Stephen Medcalf,

Writers
Jessica Duchen

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