Star mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato gave the 2014 commencement address at Juilliard Friday — and it's a memorable one, both for her words and by DiDonato's own example as someone whose own career began under low heat.
One of Canada's most prominent virtuoso violinists, Angele Dubeau has performed on the world's greatest stages in a spectacular career that has spanned over 30 years with performances in over 30 countries. While her talent, virtuosity, and musicality have been recognized with many awards over the years, audiences have connected with Dubeau because of her captivating performances, generosity, and passion.
Grammy Award-winning classical guitarist Sharon Isbin is Jill's guest this week. Her new CD - Journey to the New World - takes you from the Renaissance to the world of Bluegrass music, and features guest performers including singer Joan Baez and fiddler Mark O'Connor in the world premiere of his folk-inspired suite for violin and guitar.
Valentin Radu leads Vox Ama Deus, featuring Renaissance, Baroque and Classical music by Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Mozart and Beethoven. They have an exciting series of concerts coming up in March, April, and May.
Violinist David Kim was named Concertmaster of The Philadelphia Orchestra in 1999. Born in Carbondale, Illinois in 1963, Kim started playing the violin at the age of three, began studies with the famed pedagogue Dorothy DeLay at the age of eight, and later received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from The Juilliard School. In 1986, he was the only American violinist to win a prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow.
This week, Jill chats with The 5 Browns, a quintet of unabashedly happy siblings, all concert pianists, and all graduates of the Juilliard School of Music. Their refreshing demeanor and joy in performing together the music that they love, has swept the nation and introduced scores of young people to the wonders of classical music.
Jill's guests this week are husband and wife duo pianists Mischa and Cipa Dichter. Both students of the distinguished pedagogue Rhosinna Levine, the two met at the Juilliard School after Mischa had won the Tchaikovsky competition in 1965. Although acclaimed as solo pianists, the two have been performing together to sold out audiences for years, and have, in this 250th anniversary year of Mozart's birth, released a double CD of the composer's complete piano works for four hands.