Exclusive Artist Interviews from Carnegie Hall

Carnegie Hall brings you exclusive audio interviews with the artists you love.


Archived Interviews (Ba-Ca)

Isabel Bayrakdarian

Isabel Bayrakdarian



Soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian talks about confidence that can be gained from being married to your recital partner, and the powerful connections that can be made while exploring your own heritage.
March 2008
George Benjamin

George Benjamin



Composer George Benjamin talks about his creative process and the role Disney’s Fantasia played in developing his love for classical music.
March 2007
Berliner Philharmoniker

Berliner Philharmoniker



Get the inside story on the Berliner Philharmoniker, as members of this famed institution talk about the time they’ve spent under conductors Herbert von Karajan, Claudio Abbado, and Sir Simon Rattle; the audition process; and how the Berlin sound has a way of drawing players in.
October 2007
Jamie Bernstein

Jamie Bernstein



Jamie Bernstein lets us in on some of the fun to be had with rhythm, and tells the story of how Bernstein Beat came to be.
2008
Jonathan Biss

Jonathan Biss



Jonathan Biss talks about his path to becoming a concert pianist and the ways he has handled the international recognition and critical acclaim that has come along with it.
January 2007
Ian Bostridge

Ian Bostridge



In recital, tenor Ian Bostridge spends a good amount of his time delivering lines of Schubert’s most intimate lieder. He doesn’t let the disconnect of pouring out intensely private emotions in a packed public concert hall distract him. For him, it’s all about communicating to the audience from the heart.

Interview recorded March 2009
David Bruce

David Bruce



British-American composer David Bruce has a global thought process when it comes to writing music for the concert hall, illustrated by his acclaimed Carnegie Hall commissioned work, Gumboots—based on dancing which originated in the mines of South Africa under the brutal conditions of Apartheid.

October 2008
Excerpts: David Bruce’s Gumboots; St Lawrence String Quartet, Todd Palmer clarinet
David Bruce’s Piosenki, Recorded on April 15, 2007 at Weill Recital Hall
David Byrne

David Byrne



Co-founder of Talking Heads, David Byrne talks about the countless musicians of various genres who helped shape his own musical sensibilities.
January 2007
Uri Caine

Uri Caine



Composer and pianist Uri Caine has made a singular mark on the musical world by examining works by Mahler, Bach, Wagner, and Mozart through a jazz lens. Here, he talks about his influences and the tools he uses in his compositional process.
January 2008
Elliott Carter

Elliott Carter



Composer Elliott Carter has witnessed an incredible amount of history first hand. Born Dec. 11, 1908, he was inspired early on by the premiere of Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring. Nearly a century later, his work is championed by musicians and fans who appreciate that Carter has never stopped moving his music forward.

Interview recorded November 2008