Classical Connect Introduces Interviews with Classical Composers and Performers

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Classical Connect Podcasts Introduce the Music and Personalities of Outstandingly Gifted Young Classical Musicians

Two parallel trends represent a paradox of modern classical music: a dramatic rise in the number of outstandingly gifted young musicians and significant drop-off in the selection of new recordings available from major labels. Classical Connect was created to give music lovers an opportunity to hear many of these remarkable but still undiscovered talents – all of it for free.

In two initial podcasts, six particularly brilliant artists with flourishing new careers tell Jon Tolansky about their music-making and everyday lives. The first release features pianist Alon Goldstein, composer and conductor Leanna Primiani, and saxophonist Ashu. Alon Goldstein's podcast includes his recollections of studying with the legendary Leon Fleischer, who was so impressed with his student that he invited him to become his assistant. Leanna Primiani's podcast includes her description of her ambitious new opera Truman, setting the life of former US President Harry Truman. In Ashu's podcast, he includes a look at some rarely-performed music of strong and evocative character ranging from the mid-19th century to today. There is also a spoken podcast in which Classical Connect founder and President Sergey Zaks explains the organization’s background and operations.

The next release of podcasts will feature composer Joe Hallman, violinist Joanna Frankel, and cellist Amit Peled – like the three artists in the first release, all outstandingly gifted musicians with very formidable technical brilliance, as you can hear by sampling their music now on

About Classical Connect (
Classical Connect was founded in 2008 and is aimed at both professional classical musicians and classical music lovers alike. By allowing artists to freely upload full-length performances, this service enables artists to better promote themselves. And by allowing classical music lovers to listen to full-length performances, this service hopes to help them find new favorites they might have otherwise never discovered.

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