Conductors, soloists and composers involved in making great Pittsburgh Symphony performances talk about their music.

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Manfred Honeck - Part 1 - Jun 6, 2009

The Pittsburgh Symphony's Music Director Manfred Honeck talks about Beethoven's Violin Concerto and soloist Frank Peter Zimmerman, Beethoven's Egmont overture and Mozart's Prague Symphony.

Yefim Bronfman - Apr 30, 2009

Frequent PSO guest pianist Yefim Bronfman talks about Mozart's minor-key Piano Concerto #24, his appearances with the L.A. Philharmonic and recent premiere performances.

Andres Cardenes, concertmaster - Apr 24, 2009

Andres Cardenes talks about his shoulder surgery, leaving the PSO after 21 seasons, the Pittsburgh Symphony Chamber Orchestra's farewell concert, and his future goals as a soloist, recording artist and teacher.

Leonard Slatkin - Apr 17, 2009

The Pittsburgh Symphony Principal Guest Conductor talks about Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto #3, Vocalise and Symphonic Dances, as well as his blog, family connections in Hollywood, and TV projects in Detroit.

Simon Trpceski - Apr 3, 2009

The Macedonian piano virtuoso makes his Pittsburgh debut in Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. He talks about the appeal of Rachmaninoff, the role of taste, and about Rachmaninoff's enormous hands.

Gianandrea Noseda - Part 2 - Mar 31, 2009

Noseda will begin the PSO's 3-week Rachmaninoff Festival. He champions the Symphony #1, whose premiere was ruined by Glazunov, and Rhapsodizes about Macedonian guest pianist Simon Trpceski. Noseda also shares his pasta sauce secrets.

Nikolaj Znaider - Mar 27, 2009

The Pittsburgh Symphony's guest violinist talks about recording the Korngold concerto (which he performs at Heinz Hall), about his growing involvement in conducting, and with some reservation, his private life.

Gianandrea Noseda - Part 1 - Mar 26, 2009

Noseda talks about his productions at the Met and his program of Viennese composers Schubert, Korngold and Webers as he conducts the first of two weekends at Heinz Hall.

Beethoven's Oboe Concerto - Mar 18, 2009

Pittsburgh Symphony co-principal oboist James Gorton discusses Beethoven's long-lost oboe concerto. Gorton will premiere Renate Rosenblatt's reconstruction of the slow movement with the Pittsburgh Symphony Chamber Orchestra,

Yuja Wang - Mar 6, 2009

The diminutive 22 year old Chinese pianist Yuja Wang makes an impressive Pittsburgh Symphony debut in Prokofiev's Piano Concerto #2 with guest conductor Hannu Lintu. She talks about her work with Charles Dutoit, the teachers she shares with Lang Lang, and what's on her iPod.


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