mon 01/09/2014

Interviews with leading figures from the arts

10 Questions for Horn Player Sarah Willis

Jasper Rees

Sarah Willis's day job is as a member of the horn section of the Berlin Philharmonic. In recent years she has also become a roving ambassador for the instrument and a familiar face presenting and interviewing on the Berlin Phil's Digital Concert Hall. In 2010 she released her first solo recording, of the Brahms trio for horn, violin and piano. That combination of instruments is once more the foundation for her second solo CD. But there all similarities end. Horn Discoveries migrates from blues...

10 Questions for Director Hong Khaou

Katherine McLaughlin

I sit down with Cambodian-born, London-based director Hong Khaou to talk about his experience making his first feature film, Lilting, which showed at Sundance film festival in competition, took home the award for best cinematography in the world cinema category, and opened the 28th BFI London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival to great acclaim.  A cheery mood fills the room, his softly-spoken, intelligent musings inflected with an excitability which is utterly endearing. After working in film...

10 Questions for Actress Celia Imrie

Sebastian Scotney

Celia Imrie is admired and loved as a comic actress. Her conversation, just as much as her performances, is full of her trademarks: sudden darting...

theartsdesk Q&A: Tenor Michael Fabiano

David Nice

You can usually trust the buzz around rehearsals. From Glyndebourne, five weeks into preparation for La traviata, which opens tomorrow, one of the...

theartsdesk Q&A: DJ Gilles Peterson

Matthew Wright

DJ, broadcaster and all-round musical pioneer Gilles Peterson is one of the most influential figures in contemporary music. In a career that has...

10 Questions for Bassist Marcus Miller

Tim Cumming

Marcus Miller talks musical and cultural origins and the philosophy of fusion

theartsdesk Q&A: Writer Jimmy McGovern

Jasper Rees

Television's premier dramatist on righting wrongs in his new courtroom drama Common

theartsdesk Q&A: Mezzo-soprano and Director Brigitte Fassbaender

Sebastian Scotney

A great singer and musical force for the good talks about opera from two sides and Lieder

10 Questions for Artistic Director John McGrath

Jasper Rees

All of Wales is a stage for the boss of National Theatre Wales

theartsdesk Q&A: Chris & Cosey

Joe Muggs

We meet the electronic duo in Barcelona to talk past, present and future

theartsdesk Q&A: Soprano Kristine Opolais

David Nice

The Royal Opera's Manon Lescaut talks about new roles, ones she won't sing any more, and looks versus voice

theartsdesk Q&A: Guitarist Hank Marvin

Thomas H Green

The original Brit guitar legend talks Jerry Lee Lewis, Django Reinhardt, Oxo cubes, 'Apache' and, of course, Sir Cliff

10 Questions for Director Annemarie Jacir

Tom Birchenough

Memories of exile: the Palestinian director on the making of her new film, 'When I Saw You'

theartsdesk Q&A: Director Jonathan Kent

Jasper Rees

From the Almeida to musicals via opera: the director with a finger in every pie

The Seckerson Tapes: Soprano Corinne Winters

Edward Seckerson

From Traviata to Benvenuto Cellini: the ENO's new American star

10 Questions for Howling Bells' Juanita Stein

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Ahead of gloom-pop quartet's fourth album, songwriter shares longevity secrets

10 Questions for Soprano Pretty Yende

David Nice

A wise, vivacious young singer on the journey from South Africa to La Scala and the Met

10 Questions for Choreographer Wim Vandekeybus

Thomas H Green

The multi-disciplinary Belgian pace-setter talks about good and evil, abstract jazz and time machines

theartsdesk Q&A: Soprano Anne Schwanewilms

David Nice

The great Strauss interpreter on valuing stillness and why she chose to sing less Wagner

10 Questions for Filmmaker Bill Forsyth

Jasper Rees

The writer-director recalls the making of his much-loved teen comedy romance Gregory's Girl

10 Questions for Artist Yinka Shonibare MBE

Mark Sheerin

The artist talks about his ambitious new work and tells us why he could never belong to a political party

theartsdesk Q&A: The Hilliard Ensemble

Matthew Wright

Early music ensemble that splashed with Jan Garbarek's saxophone-infused spirituality retires after 40 years

10 Questions for Director Lukas Moodysson

Emma Simmonds

The Swedish helmer revisits childhood mischief with his latest

10 Questions for Director Dmitry Krymov

Thomas H Green

Moscow's theatrical vanguardist talks Shostakovich, Shakespeare and more

Celluloid Man: Preserving the heritage of Indian cinema

Tom Birchenough

Outstanding documentary tribute to living legend of film conservation, PK Nair

theartsdesk Q&A: Lighting Designer Michael Hulls

Ismene Brown

Olivier Award-winning genius with light and dance explains his art

10 Questions for Drummer Billy Cobham

Matthew Wright

Fusion pioneer on creativity, drummer-bandleaders and the triple effect of a hotter climate

theartsdesk Q&A: Eels' frontman Mr E

Russ Coffey

Enigmatic alt-rocker discusses fun, fitness, parallel worlds, beards, and much else

10 Questions for Ventriloquist Nina Conti

Jasper Rees

What makes a postmodern vent act tick?

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