On a recent spring afternoon in the WQXR cafe, Arabella Steinbacher tore through Ysaye's Obsession. Next, she turned her attention to Kreisler’s brooding yet dramatic Recitative and Scherzo. Then it really got interesting.
In the WQXR Café, the effusive 29-year-old Alisa Weilerstein evoked a classical version of Janis Joplin, fearlessly lunging into the grand emotional climaxes of Bach's Third Cello Suite while reducing soft passages to barely a whisper.
Ray Chen set himself a certain challenge with the name of his debut album: "Virtuoso." But the 22-year-old Taiwanese-Australian violinist proves his mettle in fiendishly difficult works by Tartini, Wieniawski, Franck and J.S. Bach.
In the WQXR Café, Haimovitz plays on the same 1710 Matteo Gofriller cello that he took with him to the Tractor Tavern in Seattle and the former punk hangout CBGB.
Plenty of fine guitarists have made their mark on classical music but, let's face it, the instrument hasn't been wholeheartedly embraced by today's younger generation. Miloš Karadaglić, 28, is determined to change that.
Leila Josefowicz is not a violinist who normally gets pigeonholed as a new-music specialist and yet she has devoted a substantial portion of her activities in recent years to championing contemporary works. She shares that passion live in the WQXR Café.
The 23-year-old Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti performs live in the WQXR Cafe, and explains why mental toughness is the key to mastering the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto.