Even though she's only 9 years old, Elizabeth Aoki was one of the standouts at the 2012 Aspen Music Festival and School. You can hear this extraordinary young violinist as she gives her first-ever interview and plays part of a Wieniawski concerto, a piece that's challenging for soloists of any age.
Irish pianist John O'Conor is on the piano faculty at the Aspen Music Festival and School. And he's a big champion of the music of fellow Irishman John Field. O'Conor shares the story of John Field, and plays nocturnes by Field and Alexander Scriabin.
As a young man, composer John Harbison was passionate about both jazz and classical music. At the time, he felt he had to choose between the two, and picked classical. Times have changed, and nowadays he's comfortable combining the two in his music. Hear Fred Child's onstage interview with John Harbison at the 2012 Aspen Festival, along with Harbison's performance of his own music.
Robert Spano is Music Director at the Aspen Music Festival and School. He and violinist Robert McDuffie teamed up for a beautiful Brahms adagio as part of a very special event at Aspen, billed as an Evening with Performance Today and Fred Child. Music and conversation with McDuffie and Spano, including tales of McDuffie's teenage pranks when he was a student at Aspen.