Lars Vogt – All in for the big picture of music

On the morning of his sold-out Zankel Hall chamber recital with violinist Christian Tetzlaff and his sister, cellist Tanja Tetzlaff, pianist Lars Vogt opens Carnegie Hall’s backstage door for me. The trio’s artists hail from Germany and are Grammy-nominated musicians of the highest caliber. Vogt has a busy schedule before the evening concert, and I am in awe that he is making time for our meeting. (photo credit: Neda Navaee) We had corresponded beforehand...
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Violinist Asi Mathatias – Talent forges its way

Fortunate for violinist Asi Mathatias, his prodigal musical gift has been recognized at a young age. Born in Jerusalem and growing up in Herzelyah, he heard Heifetz performing on the radio, making up his mind instantly that this was, what he wanted to be doing, just as well. While his debut at age 12 with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Zubin Mehta may be deemed an impressive undertaking in and...
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Benjamin Grosvenor – pianistic old world mastery with youthful projection

Despite having been featured on just about every major music magazine’s cover, Benjamin Grosvenor’s performances in the United States remain sparingly sprinkled, infrequent events, perhaps due to a deliberately precautious move by Hazard Chase International Music Management, who has guided Grosvenor’s skyrocketing career since age 14. His admirably clear and spontaneous-sounding interpretations astound audiences anew with each performance, justifying his already wide European following, which was evident when he opened the 2011 BBC-Proms at...
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