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Episode 10: Collaborating – strings attached

Every American Pianists Awards competition requires the finalists to perform in collaboration with other artists, as collaborating and accompanying others are fundamental skills for any musician to develop.

In this episode we explore the pairing of piano and string players through two such collaborations: on the classical side we talk with 2017 American Pianists Awards finalist Henry Kramer and violist Matthew Lipman, a much-lauded soloist. The pair recently released the world-premiere recording of the newly discovered Impromptu by Dmitri Shostakovich.

From the jazz world we explore how the genre-busting, Grammy-winning string group Turtle Island Quartet collaborates with renowned jazz pianist Cyrus Chestnut, with whom the group is currently touring.