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Anastasia Tsioulcas

Anastasia Tsioulcas writes at NPR Music for “Deceptive Cadence” (http://www.npr.org/blogs/deceptivecadence). Widely published as a writer on both classical and world music, she is the former North America editor for Gramophone Magazine and the classical music columnist for Billboard. She has also been an on-air contributor to  many public radio programs, including WNYC’s Soundcheck, Minnesota Public Radio’s The Savvy Traveler, Public Radio International’s Weekend America, and the BBC’s The World.

Anastasia Tsioulcas appears in the following:

Classical Quartet Gets All Twisted

Thursday, April 17, 2014

We're guessing some yoga and Pilates classes preceded a round of musical and physical one-upwomanship that's gone viral.

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Listen Live: Arvo Pärt and Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

On Monday, June 2 at 7 pm ET, Q2 Music presents a live audio webcast of the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir in Arvo Pärt's epic masterpiece Kanon Pokajanen. Live from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. 

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How Do You Sweep The Ivy League? Practice — The Viola. (Really.)

Thursday, April 03, 2014

He has all kinds of other things going for him, but star student Kwasi Enin wrote in his college essay that music is the core of his happiness. Maybe that's why all eight Ivy League schools want him.

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Latitudes: International Music You Must Hear Now

Monday, March 31, 2014

Hear smash hits and intriguing tracks from Sudan, India, Nigeria and beyond — plus more than 900 versions of "Happy," filmed around the world, that will get you dancing.

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The Kronos Quartet: Still Daring After All These Years

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Four decades after its first performance, the San Francisco-based string quartet still nudges composers and audiences in new directions.

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A Field Recording Bonus Track: The Silk Road Swings

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

A quartet of talented percussionists — Sandeep Das, Shane Shanahan, Mark Suter and Joseph Gramley — create deep grooves out of their Silk Road Ensemble collaboration.

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Welcome To Yo-Yo's Playhouse

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Watch the superstar cellist Yo-Yo Ma and many of his close friends from all over the world in action at a theatrical props warehouse in Brooklyn.

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Kronos Quartet At 40: Songs We Love

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

To mark the venturesome string quartet's 40 years of commissioning and performing new music, composers Steve Reich, Terry Riley and others recall their favorite Kronos memories.

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In The First Violins — At Least For One Night

Thursday, March 20, 2014

A "pro-am" outreach experiment at the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra gives way to a burst of fun music-making: a one-performance, pop-up orchestra of professionals, students and amateurs of all ages.

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Bless You!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

A slapstick 18 seconds for your day, when a trombonist fights back a sneeze mid-performance — and fails miserably.

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First Listen: Yasmine Hamdan, 'Ya Nass'

Sunday, March 16, 2014

A Beirut-born artist has an electro-pop sound that's both bracingly new and intimately familiar — at the intersection of sexy-cool electronica and iconic Arab tradition.

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Gerard Mortier, A Polarizing Impresario Who Transformed Opera

Monday, March 10, 2014

Whether you love or hate his ideas about commissioning new works and updating the classics, this Belgian impresario shifted public expectations of a night at the opera — permanently.

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Music Takes Center Stage In Oscar-Nominated Documentaries

Friday, February 28, 2014

For this year's Academy Awards, three documentaries — 20 Feet from Stardom, The Square and The Lady in Number 6 — use musicians' lives and experiences to frame some very big ideas.

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Latitudes: International Music You Must Hear Now

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Five must-hear songs, including a Belgian artist with more than 180 million YouTube views, a wry outsider's take on "sweet France" and an earworm from American Top 40 rooted in the Balkans.

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We Love Him For More Than Twizzles: Charlie White Plays Violin, Too

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

What does the champion ice dancer do after winning gold in Sochi? Play Vivaldi on the violin, of course.

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On A Chilly Factory Floor, Yuja Wang's Piano Sizzles

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

We took one of the world's most buzzed-about (and glam) pianists to the Steinway & Sons factory in Queens to play some fierce and fiery Prokofiev on a new instrument.

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Sex, Drugs And Wandering Batons: Classical Musicians (Finally) Get Some Screen Time

Thursday, February 13, 2014

A new TV pilot (Mozart in the Jungle) and released film (Grand Piano) attempt to pull the curtain back on the inner and outer lives of classical musicians. But maybe the most important achievement in both cases is to show that these players actually have lives offstage.

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Fiddler On The Slopes

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

One of the world's most successful crossover musicians, violinist Vanessa-Mae, will fulfill a lifelong dream by skiing the women's giant slalom at the Winter Olympics in Sochi next Tuesday. Though she is British, she is one half of the Olympic team from Thailand.

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Popular Japanese Composer Confesses Musical Fraud

Thursday, February 06, 2014

In the run-up to the Sochi Olympics, a sudden revelation: A very popular Japanese composer, Mamoru Samuragochi, announced that he doesn't write his music. And that's not all. His ghostwriter says that Samuragochi isn't deaf, either.

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4 Ways To Hear More In Music

Thursday, January 30, 2014

You love the music you love, but you'll love it even more if you listen closely. Here's a cheat sheet for diving deep into music's most basic components: rhythm, melody, harmony and color.

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