A superstar of classical music might normally draw a huge crowd, but that wasn’t the case when violin virtuoso Joshua Bell held an impromptu recital in a Metro station in 2007 — largely ignored by a few thousand commuters. On Tuesday, Bell returned to give a performance at Washington’s Union Station, and this time people paid attention. Jeffrey Brown sits down with Bell for an interview. Continue reading
Back in 2007, pedestrians hurried by without realizing that the busker playing at the entrance to a Washington, D.C., Metro stop was none other than the Grammy-winning Joshua Bell. Today, Bell set up at the entrance of Union Station, but seven years later, he held a very different kind of performance. This time, he was anything but ignored. Continue reading
Brooklyn violinmaker Samuel Zygmuntowicz has been crafting stringed instruments for about 30 years, and is increasingly using modern tools like computerized tomography and 3D laser vibration scans to perfect his instruments. Continue reading
An 18th century viola by Antonio Stradivarius, the famed Italian lute-maker, is up for auction at Sotheby’s starting at $45 million. The old stringed instruments, known as “Strads” are praised for their masterful craftsmanship. But a French researcher who blindfolded top international soloists found the musicians could not tell the difference between a modern violin and the high-priced “Strads.” Hannah Yi reports. Continue reading
Jeffrey Brown’s extended interview with Jennifer Higdon and Hilary Hahn’s performance of Bach’s Sarabande in D minor.
Hilary Hahn and Jennifer Higdon shared a love of 20th century music when Higdon was Hahn’s professor at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. Fifteen years later, this student-teacher relationship has transformed into a partnership at the top of its field. Continue reading
Composer Jennifer Higdon is the recipient of this year’s Pulitzer Prize in Music.