The woman putting the feeling back into Bach

By Jessica Duchen, May 20, 2011

The violinist Ruth Waterman should probably be a household name, such is the quality of her musicianship. But perhaps that is also the reason she isn't. Throughout her career she has chosen a route more individual than the mainstream concert circuit, one that has allowed her to focus in earnest on her first great passion - the music of Bach.


Hip-hip - the music where it's OK to be anti-Jewish

By Rob Boffard, May 19, 2011

In the song Wamp Wamp (What It Do), American rapper Malice refers to a Jew who is a "tightwad". Malice, with his brother Pusha T, comprises the acclaimed hip-hop duo The Clipse. Since they specialise in overblown stories of crime escapades, the "tightwad" line is fairly tame in comparison to much of their other material, but it still stands out as a stark example of casual antisemitism.


Pinchas Zukerman's secret of success: playing in tune

By Tim Stein, May 5, 2011

Pinchas Zukerman is running late. So when he picks up the phone at his offices in Ottawa, Canada, where he has been music director and principal conductor of the National Arts Centre Orchestra since 1998, he is saving time by simultaneously eating a "Shabbat pie" and talking to me, both without apparent difficulty.


Beardyman - he's the coolest geek in hip hop

By Elisa Bray, April 28, 2011

Of the British beatboxers who have risen to fame over the past few years, an extraordinary number -Beardyman, Bellatrix and Shlomo included - are Jewish.


Liebeck's got talent

By Tim Stein, April 21, 2011

In Jack Liebeck's living room, two violin cases lie on the floor, stacks of classical CDs line the shelves and the score of Mendelssohn's violin concerto rests on the coffee table. It is not hard to guess what he does for a living.


Vadim Gluzman, The accidental virtuoso

By Jessica Duchen, April 14, 2011

One hallmark of the truly great violinists is a sound on the instrument that can be recognised at once as uniquely theirs. Vadim Gluzman has just such a tone, and not just because he plays the Stradivarius that once belonged to Leopold Auer, teacher of the legendary Jascha Heifetz. There is an all-out passion to Gluzman's playing, a gorgeousness that leaves you wanting more of it, fast.


Young virtuosi take a bow

By Jessica Elgot, March 31, 2011

Flair, musicality and a connection with the audience is what Israeli cellist Sagi Hartov will be looking for at the first Emunah Young Musician of the Year competition next week.


Seriously crazy about Israel's modern music

By Jessica Duchen, March 24, 2011

A thriving contemporary music scene where performers play to enthusiastic young audiences? It seems unattainable. But not for the Meitar Chamber Ensemble. This award-winning young Israeli group, founded by pianist Amit Dolberg, consists of nine players who share a passion for contemporary music. They have been working together for seven years, yet their average age is still under 30.


Interview: Emanuel Ax

By Jessica Duchen, March 16, 2011

It is 7am in Texas and Emanuel (Manny) Ax is off to the airport. Just hours earlier he gave an all-Schubert piano recital and he probably needed more sleep afterwards than he got; but he insists that he is happy to talk.


The cellist who loves chazanut

By Jessica Duchen, March 10, 2011

Jewish liturgical music will get the classical treatment next week when the American-French cellist, Sonia Wieder-Atherton, brings her extraordinary concert, called Chants Juifs, to London.