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Artist Of The Week: Maurizio Pollini

October 19, 2017 | Kevin Doherty

“That boy plays better than any of us jurors!” So said the legendary pianist Arthur Rubinstein after hearing Maurizio Pollini play during the International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw in 1960.

Artist Of The Week: Rachel Barton Pine

October 13, 2017 | Kevin Doherty

Rachel Barton Pine is one of the most sought after violinists in the world. What does that mean? It means that she is very, very busy. She is constantly travelling from place to place; balancing family life, a career, and a Foundation.

Singing With New Lungs In 'The Encore'

October 4, 2017

NPR's Scott Simon talks with opera singer Charity Tillemann-Dick, whose new memoir chronicles her double lung transplant, her recovery and how it feels to sing with someone else's lungs.

Jonas Kaufmann: A Tenor At The Top

September 28, 2017

As the superstar tenor's voice grows deeper and darker with age, he's still able to float notes of pillowy softness on his new album devoted to French opera.