I was quite excited to hear world class artists performing free concerts in WITF's Next Generation Festival (N.G.F) and was also happy to catch them between a recent sound check and their performance in Gettysburg College.
Martin Beaver, first violinist of the Tokyo String Quartet made his first appearance at the N.G.F. this year. He plays a Stradivari violin and teaches at the Yale University School of Music.
Martin and I began our chat talking about joining an established chamber group: Interview Part 1 [mp3 file]
We continued talking about recordings with the Tokyo Quartet: Interview Part 2 [mp3 file]
Martin also spoke about taking part in the Next Generation Festival: Interview Part 3 [mp3 file]
Rachel Barton Pine is one of the leading violin soloists today. She performs around the world on her 1742 Guarneri del Gesu "Ex-Soldat". Rachel has varied tastes in music, having recorded solo baroque literature to heavy metal music (one of her favorite bands is AC/DC) on 11 different cds.
Rachel and I started off talking about her latest cd release (which was a WITF Featured CD) of Scottish fantasies: Interview Part 1 [mp3 file]
We also talked about her first appearance this year at the Next Generation Festival: Interview Part 2 [mp3 file]
Rachel also shared some future plans, with recording and her foundation: Interview Part 3 [mp3 file]