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:

Podium Diplomacy: Conductor Takes Chinese Music West And Vice Versa

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

5 years, 40 works: Long Yu wants China and the West to know each other's contemporary music better. He's launching a big project to accomplish just that.


First Listen: Ibeyi, 'Ibeyi'

Sunday, February 08, 2015

The 20-year-old twins of Ibeyi make their debut with cool French textures and raw, emotional lyrics — underpinned with a deep, soulful Afro-Cuban sound.


A Friday Surprise: Alan Gilbert Will Leave The New York Philharmonic

Friday, February 06, 2015

After eight seasons, the Philharmonic's very first homegrown conductor will leave the orchestra at the end of the 2017 season.


Aldo Ciccolini, An Italian Pianist With A French Soul, Dies At Age 89

Monday, February 02, 2015

Pianist Aldo Ciccolini was born in Naples, but he had a French spirit, championing music by Erik Satie, Debussy and Ravel. He died overnight Saturday at age 89.


Latitudes: The Global Music You Must Hear In January

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Catch the sights and sounds of two recently departed artists, an exuberant celebration of life and a deeply engrossing — and ear-splittingly adrenalized — documentary.


From Prog-Rock Pioneer To Kitsch King: Remembering Demis Roussos

Monday, January 26, 2015

Greek songman Demis Roussos lived an enormously colorful life, from his start as a prog-rock pioneer to being held captive by Hezbollah terrorists. He died Sunday at age 68 in Athens.


What We Love And Hate About 'Mozart In The Jungle'

Thursday, January 15, 2015

The new Amazon series is a comedy, not a reality show — in any way, shape or form. But classical music fans may chuckle knowingly at the trials and tribulations of a young oboist in New York.


First Listen: Anonymous 4, '1865'

Sunday, January 04, 2015

The beloved vocal quartet says goodbye with an all-American album that suits our troubled times. These Civil War and Reconstruction songs help us reflect on what divides us and binds us together.


Best Global Music Of 2014

Saturday, December 13, 2014

There is so, so much good music being made all around the world — stunningly beautiful, deeply thought-provoking and powered by great beats. Here are 10 of our top picks for 2014.


Best Classical Albums Of 2014

Friday, December 12, 2014

Our happy duty: finding 10 releases from 2014 that we can't wait to share.


What's Your Top 100 Of The Last 100 Years?

Monday, December 01, 2014

Forget the best music of the past year — what are the very best compositions of the last century? Participate in member station Q2's poll, and they'll webcast a marathon of the top choices.


Remembering Sabah, An Iconic And Thoroughly Unconventional Arab Star

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

A young performer who named herself Morning was sunny and shining into her 80s. The flirtatious Lebanese singer and actress was a superstar throughout the Arab world.


Celebrate Some Of The Year's Best New Releases With Q2

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Watch performances of vocal, instrumental and electronic chamber music, as well as interviews with rising young composers.


Musicians' Brains Really Do Work Differently — In A Good Way

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Watch a great little TED-Ed video that lays out the scientific evidence.


Uncovering The Heart Of Chopin — Literally

Monday, November 17, 2014

It sounds like something out of a Dan Brown novel. But a secret group of 13 gathered earlier this year to exhume the preserved heart of one of the world's most beloved composers, Frederic Chopin.


Monsanto Hired This Guy To Help It Win Over Millennials

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Vance Crowe, 32, has a tough assignment: reach out to millennials, many of whom are skeptical of GMOs. Crowe says the company can do a better job of listening to their concerns.


Just Who Is This Opera Star Singing At The World Series Tonight?

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Joyce DiDonato — a Kansas native and lifelong Royals fan — happens to be one of the world's greatest opera singers. Here's what makes her so extraordinary.


Latitudes: 10 Musical Discoveries From Around The World

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Hear music and see pictures from fantastic performances that electrified the 2014 edition of WOMEX, the foremost marketplace for world music.


Carnegie Hall Live: András Schiff Plays Mozart, Haydn, Schubert And Beethoven

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Hear the eminent pianist in a recital of sublime works spanning Classical-era elegance and introspective Romantic drama.


Latitudes: 50 Years Of Nonesuch, 10 Essential Recordings

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The label has become a crucial ambassador, introducing many world-music artists to American fans. Hear 10 songs from across Nonesuch's remarkable 50-year history.