Watch videos of preeminent classical artists recorded live in the WQXR café.
Recently in Café Concerts
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Plenty of violinists have evoked the sounds of other instruments. For violinist Kristin Lee, it was the gamelan, the musical ensemble from Indonesia known for its gently chiming percussive sounds, that caught her ear.
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Ethel, the New York string quartet known for its use of improvisation and amplification, has just welcomed Jennifer Choi to the group. Watch a video of this dynamic young violinist performing in the WQXR Café.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Members of the International Contemporary Ensemble arrived in the WQXR Café to present Stravinsky's arrangement of Bach's Prelude and Fugue in C sharp minor. It's a piece that sounds so lush and romantic that it scarcely resembles Bach.
Friday, July 22, 2011
For the last dozen years, Aaron Copland's house has been turned into a center for scholarship and performance, most notably as the headquarters of the chamber group Music From Copland House. Watch them perform in this video.
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Until this year, the Curtis Institute of Music, the famed conservatory in Philadelphia, did not regard the guitar as an instrument worthy of a place in its curriculum. When the school changed its policy, it hired Jason Vieaux to co-run a guitar department.
Wednesday, July 06, 2011
Like the proud owner of a new car out for a first spin, Arnaud Sussmann came to the WQXR Café with a violin that had barely nudged the odometer. Watch him put some quality miles on the instrument in our latest video.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Brazilian music draws on a rich fusion of influences, including African sounds, jazz and European classical influences. Those sounds come together in the music of the Brasil Guitar Duo, which recently visited the WQXR Café. Watch the video.
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
When radio programmers discuss "urban music" formats, 14th-century Gregorian chant is generally not what immediately springs to mind. Don’t tell that to New York Polyphony, a group that prides itself on a hip, urban vibe. See them perform in two videos.
Wednesday, June 08, 2011
Philippe Quint stars as a Russian violinist who moves to New York in the new indie film, "Downtown Express." He joins us to share one of the film's musical selections in the WQXR Café. Watch the video here.
Wednesday, June 01, 2011
Why settle for a violin soloist when you can have a duo? That, at least, is the theory behind the partnership of Angela and Jennifer Chun. The sister duo recently stopped by WQXR to play live. See what happened in this video.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
In the WQXR Café Inbal Segev applied her 1673 Francesco Ruggeri cello to a suite of Celtic folk tunes, bringing out the hypnotic, insistent drone that one normally hears in bagpipe melodies.
Thursday, May 19, 2011
In the WQXR Café, the three-months-pregnant Kate Royal performed a selection of songs from her latest CD, and talked about how her busy career is going to change dramatically over the coming months. Watch one of Royal's performances here.
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Violinist Jennifer Koh and cellist Anssi Karttunen talk about the rich repertoire for violin and cello, including pieces by Ravel, Kodaly, Villa-Lobos, Honegger. See them perform a duo by Erwin Schulhoff in the WQXR café.
Monday, April 25, 2011
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.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
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.
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
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.
Tuesday, April 05, 2011
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.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
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.
Thursday, March 03, 2011
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.
Friday, February 25, 2011
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.