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Interview

Interview with Viviane Hagner

Back in 2014 at Marlboro Music Festival, there was a senior artist who appeared at breakfast with wide-legged pants reminiscent of Aladdin with bright, interesting prints. Every morning she would walk elegantly through the dining hall wearing similarly shaped pants but with different prints, and I finally approached her one day to compliment her eye-catching outfits. And that was how I first met Viviane.

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Interview with Sibylle Mahni

Sibylle is one of the senior artists at Krzyzowa-Music, a wonderful chamber music festival in Poland founded by Viviane Hagner (her interview will be posted soon, too!), where I spent three summers. Sadly we haven’t  worked together just yet, but we got to know each other a little better this past summer when she heard me talk about Salon Séance at the lunch table one day.

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Interview with Dimitri Murrath

One day, during my freshman year at the New England Conservatory of Music, I ran into a friend in the hallway who was with another guy whom I hadn’t met before and yet looked somewhat familiar. This guy asked me, “Are you Mari?” To which I replied, “Are you… Dimitri?”

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Interview with Christoph Richter

Christoph and I first met at Marlboro back in 2015. We had a wonderful group with our dear friend and fantastic pianist Kuok-wai Lio and we worked on Schumann’s Piano Trio No. 2, which we eventually performed at the dining hall—that was in fact Christoph’s Marlboro debut (picture from the concert below)!

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Interview with Patricia Kopatchinskaja

This past season, I was very lucky to work with Patricia Kopatchinskaja during one of the weeks I was playing with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. She is known for her unique and at times radical interpretations and for playing barefoot in her concerts, but in person I was struck by the seriousness and thoughtfulness with which she engages the music she plays.

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Interview with Gabriel Kahane

In February, I had the privilege of working with Gabriel Kahane, who had arranged a few songs from his new album, Book of Travelers, for a small chamber ensemble. On our train ride back to New York from Saratoga Springs, where we had just performed the songs together, I asked Gabriel if I could interview him and he kindly accepted.

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Interview with Mihai Marica

Mihai and I met two years ago through Francisco Fullana, whom you will get to know soon on this blog. I was desperately looking for a cellist who could play chamber music with me at the audition for Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble Connect and, since I was still living in Berlin at the time, I didn’t know anyone in New York who could put it all together in an hour. From the moment we started playing, it felt like we had already done it many times before.

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Interview with Kyu-Young Kim

I’ve been very fortunate to work with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra as a guest musician this past season, and along the way I got to know their Artistic Director and Principal Violinist, Kyu-Young Kim (he goes by Kyu). Aside from my admiration for his leadership and his unwavering artistic vision that has shaped the orchestra, I just can’t stress enough how kind and thoughtful he is!

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Interview with Ayane Kozasa

Do you have a friend you meet up with only occasionally— after moths, or sometimes years of not seeing each other— and yet strangely, when you meet you can dive straight into a really deep conversation for hours? That’s Ayane. 

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Interview with Torleif Thedéen

This past December, I heard one of the most mesmerizing performances of Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time with Janine Jansen, Martin Fröst, Lucas Debargue, and Torleif Thedéen. You might be thinking, "come on, with those amazing players they could throw it together the day before and it’ll still sound amazing", but...

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Interview with Paul Wiancko

I first met Paul three or so years ago in Neukölln, which was then the new hip neighborhood in Berlin (it sort of still is). We were with a few of our mutual friends at a lonely, quiet underground bar with nobody else around. Most of us ended up ordering the same drink which was enthusiastically recommended by the bartender: Gin Baayzil Smäääshhh! 

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Welcome to Salon Séance!!

Welcome to Salon Séance and our new website!

In this blog section, we will be posting interviews with artists, friends, and collaborators, and also some musical reflections, posts by guest writers - mostly around the composer and key questions we will be exploring on that season. 

As this is the first blog post on this website, I thought it would be nice to share with you the story behind the name of our project: Salon Séance. 

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