wed 28/01/2015

Interviews with leading figures from the arts

10 Questions for Pianist Benjamin Grosvenor

Jessica Duchen

At all of 22, the British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor has already become one of the best-loved solo pianists in the UK, with an international career that spans the globe. A remarkable child prodigy from Southend-on-Sea, he first shot to prominence when he won the piano section of the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition in 2004, aged only 11, amazing audiences with the maturity and sensitivity of his musicianship.Now, having completed his studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London, he...

theartsdesk Q&A: Novelist Hilary Mantel

Jasper Rees

Hilary Mantel is a maker of literary history. Wolf Hall, an action-packed 650-page brick of a book about the rise and rise of Thomas Cromwell, won the Man Booker Prize in 2009. Its successor, the just as sturdy Bring Up the Bodies, followed it onto the Booker rostrum three years later - the first sequel ever to win the prize in its 44-year history. Then came the RSC's stage adaptation of both novels, which started in Stratford, proceeded to the West End and this year goes to Broadway. And...

theartsdesk Q&A: Playwright Ayub Khan Din

Jasper Rees

It’s been quite a journey for Ayub Khan Din. Born in 1961, the acclaimed playwright grew up in a crowded Salford household, the youngest child of a...

theartsdesk Q&A: Playwright Nina Raine

Jasper Rees

When writers research, it’s not all about digging for facts. Feelings also count. When Nina Raine spent three months visiting hospitals for a play...

Miloš Karadaglić, 'the guitar player of the...

Adam Sweeting

Compared to grand divas, virtuoso pianists or stupendous fiddlers, legends of the classical guitar have been few in number. Once you've ticked off...

10 Questions for Songwriter Jackson Browne

Adam Sweeting

Veteran tunesmith on politics, David Geffen and life with the Eagles

10 Questions for Musician Michael League

Peter Quinn

Snarky Puppy's bassist and bandleader on composing for a collective

theartsdesk Q&A: Choreographer Akram Khan

Hanna Weibye

Kathak and contemporary dancer talks about flamenco, inspiration, and his last performance piece

theartsdesk Q&A: Choreographer Wayne McGregor

Hanna Weibye

British dance-maker shares his views on creative practice, cognitive neuroscience, and critics

Annie Lennox: The Jazz Singer

Peter Culshaw

Britain's best-selling singer on her new jazz album, Amy Winehouse and existential loneliness

10 Questions for Musician Fuse ODG

Matthew Wright

Anglo-Ghanaian rising star of the Afrobeats scene on making a stand for Africa

theartsdesk Q&A: Conductor Jonathan Nott

David Nice

An Englishman abroad on balancing Mahler and Strauss with contemporary music

10 Questions for Playwright Simon Stephens

Marianka Swain

The celebrated dramatist on adapting his idol Chekhov’s seminal work

10 Questions for Conductor Alan Gilbert

Kimon Daltas

The New York Philharmonic's music director on recording a Nielsen cycle for 150th anniversary year

10 Questions for Musician Jamie Cullum

Peter Quinn

The best-selling jazz artist on following his instinct and being part of the most exciting scene in the world

theartsdesk Q&A: Musician Holly Johnson

Thomas H Green

Frankie Goes To Hollywood's frontman on disco, art, the Eighties, HIV, Live Aid, Liverpool and what his maiden aunt made of 'Relax'

'For classical musicians, Radiohead are the band'

Alexandra Coghlan

Richard Tognetti of the Australian Chamber Orchestra on premiering a new work by Jonny Greenwood

10 Questions for Soprano Sandrine Piau

Sebastian Scotney

The former harpist who became the connoisseur's soprano of choice for Baroque and early music

10 Questions for Conductor Vladimir Jurowski

Jessica Duchen

LPO maestro on the ins and outs of Rachmaninov, focus of this season's celebration

10 Questions for Musician Gruff Rhys

Jasper Rees

Super Furry Animal travels to the heart of America in pursuit of a long-lost multi-media tall tale

10 Questions for Actor Stellan Skarsgård

Kieron Tyler

Sweden's succesful export talks about the humour in brutality, the nature of Scandinavia and Monty Python

10 Questions for Singer Sarah-Jane Morris

Matthew Wright

Passionate, political singer discusses writing, Africa, and her career with the Communards

10 Questions for Playwright Nicholas Wright

Jasper Rees

Great war story: on adapting Pat Barker's 'Regeneration' for the theatre

theartsdesk Q&A: Actress Sofie Gråbøl

Jasper Rees

The face of Nordic noir on The Killing, cancer and playing a queen for two national theatres

10 Questions for Horn Player Sarah Willis

Jasper Rees

A second album for Berlin Phil musician will expand the repertoire downwards

10 Questions for Director Hong Khaou

Katherine McLaughlin

Fresh new talent on film-industry diversity and his debut feature Lilting, starring Ben Whishaw

10 Questions for Actress Celia Imrie

Sebastian Scotney

The versatile actress and author celebrates the act of stepping into the unknown

theartsdesk Q&A: Tenor Michael Fabiano

David Nice

American singer on the brink of superstardom talks Verdi, competition and inspiration

theartsdesk Q&A: DJ Gilles Peterson

Matthew Wright

Taste-making DJ and broadcaster on jazz, how to stay relevant, and John Peel's legacy

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