Over the years, I have had the pleasure of interviewing a variety of fascinating people about their relationship with music. Most of them are musicians, including people such as pianists Leon Fleisher and Simone Dinnerstein, guitarist Sharon Isbin, flutist Emmanuel Pahud, and conductors Nicholas McGegan, Ton Koopman and Masaaki Suzuki. They shared a variety of poignant revelations about their triumphs and obstacles, stories about their early starts in music, and glimpses into their sometimes surprising musical tastes when they’re not working. And since even people who are NOT professional musicians are also deeply moved by music, I’ve also interviewed people such as journalist John Hockenberry and travel expert Rick Steves. All these interviews are archived on the Sunday Baroque website under the “Interviews” tab, where you can listen to them online or download them as podcasts.
As we consider future interviews, whom would you like me to invite? Is there a musician whose work you’d like to know more about? Is there an unusual musical instrument you’d like to learn about from an expert? Have you heard about a creative person with a good story to tell about his or her relationship to music? Is there a public figure you know of who has a private passion for classical music? Or maybe you would simply like to suggest some questions or topics to ask of the variety of interesting people I interview.
Please weigh in with your suggestions, and we’ll do our best to explore them in the weeks and months ahead. Thanks!