Alissa Firsova comes from a musical family where both parents, Elena Firsova and Dmitri Smirnov (1948-2020), are composers. Now, she’s following in their footsteps by carving out her own path; she’s finding inspiration from the style of the great German composer Richard Strauss (1864–1949).
Fiona Maddocks is the founding editor of BBC Music Magazine as well as of Channel 4 and The Independent. Now, the celebrated music journalist is out with a new book on Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943); Goodbye Russia: Rachmaninoff in Exile (Faber, 2023).
Giorgia Meloni is a woman on a mission. She’s not only Italy’s first female Prime Minister, but Meloni is also a conservative leader committed to defending traditional values and patriotism while celebrating the country’s artistic and cultural heritage.
Operetta composer Emmerich Kálmán’s popularity rests, in part, on his deft fusion of Viennese waltz rhythms and the fiery strains of the csárdás, a Hungarian folk dance. Yvonne Kalman discusses her father’s legacy and her efforts to promote it internationally.
Professor Naomi Feldman has served at the highest levels of government in both the United States and Israel. In a wide-ranging interview, Feldman outlines the pressure points for the U.S. and Israeli economies, respectively.
Depending on the state of the global COVID-19 pandemic, vocalist and song-writer Gabriela Martina – who mixes jazz and soul with traditional yodeling from her native Switzerland – plans to release two new albums in 2022.