Raised in a family surrounded by music, pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason has worked hard to become a successful concert and recording artist. She had help along the way, primarily from her parents, who made sacrifices to ensure that she and her six younger siblings have all had wonderful music educations. Find out more in the 'Rhapsody in Black' podcast.
Anthony McGill is the principal clarinetist of the New York Philharmonic, the first Black musician to hold a principal chair in the orchestra’s 178-year history. He also has used the platform to promote racial equity in classical music. Find out more in the latest episode of the ‘Rhapsody in Black’ podcast.
Randall Goosby has been playing violin since he was 7, including studying with legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman, and the trajectory of his career shows no signs of slowing down. Find out more in the latest episode of the ‘Rhapsody in Black’ podcast.
Afro-Brazilian guitarist Plinio Fernandes’ style is a unique alchemy of the Brazilian folk and popular songs he grew up with, Latin classical traditions and the Western canon. He recently released his debut album and is working to teach and inspire new generations of musicians. Find out more in the 'Rhapsody in Black' podcast.
Pianist André Watts made his debut at 16 when he was featured in a Young People’s Concert, with Leonard Bernstein conducting. Bernstein was blown away by the performance. Find out more in the latest episode of the 'Rhapsody in Black' podcast.
Violist Eliesha Nelson had the pleasure of meeting Pulitzer Prize winning composer, George Walker, a few times during her career. She developed a passion for his music and eventually performed it alongside the Cleveland Orchestra in 2023. Nelson talks about Walker’s music and the many challenges he faced as a Black pianist and composer. Find out more in the 'Rhapsody in Black' podcast.
Flutist, composer and producer Allison Loggins-Hull is often described as someone whose work ‘defies classification.’ Co-founder of the boundary-breaking flute duo Flutronix and the Cleveland Orchestra’s Daniel R. Lewis Composer Fellow, her music and performances reflect current events, responding to humanitarian, political and social justice themes. Find out more in the 'Rhapsody in Black' podcast.
Known for singing roles in operas that demand his particular bel canto voice and leading projects that uplift music by African American composers, tenor Lawrence Brownlee is conscious of how the work of Black singers in the past has helped him succeed in his career, and he intends to do the same for upcoming young singers. Find out more in the latest episode of the 'Rhapsody in Black' podcast.
Pianist Awadagin Pratt is a world-class pianist who has earned awards, international competitions and an Avery Fisher Career Grant. He has never shied away from talking about his experiences as a Black man in the predominantly white world of classical music and has worked hard to help others following the same path. Find out more in the latest episode of the 'Rhapsody in Black' podcast.
In 2021, Terence Blanchard became the first Black composer to have an opera staged at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Whether it’s performing or composing jazz, film music and opera, he does it exceptionally well, receiving awards and nominations for his work at every turn. Find out more in the latest episode of the 'Rhapsody in Black' podcast.