mon 27/01/2020

Interviews with leading figures from the arts

theartsdesk Q&A: Conductor Olari Elts in Tallinn

David Nice

Arriving in Tallinn hotfoot from Paavo Järvi's inaugural concert as chief conductor of Zurich's Tonhalle Orchestra, and expecting the limelight to belong to composer Erkki-Sven Tüür on his 60th birthday, I found another Estonian bonus in store.

'In every concert, I want to try to tell a story': Conductor Omer Meir Wellber at the BBC Philharmonic

Robert Beale

Omer Meir Wellber may be the first chief conductor of a major orchestra to have begun his tenure with a children's concert.

theartsdesk Q&A: Director Sir Jonathan Miller

Igor Toronyi-Lalic

Doctor, writer, sculptor, curator, comedian, presenter and director, Sir Jonathan Miller (1934-2019) was one of the mighty cultural and intellectual...

10 Questions for Techno Musician Carl Craig

Joe Muggs

In the eight years since theartsdesk last spoke to Carl Craig, a lot has happened. He moved from his native Detroit for a sojourn in Barcelona (...

'Shakespeare is mistakenly considered...

Owen Richards

Ophelia is one of Shakespeare's most enduring characters in both literature and art, and yet her part in Hamlet is limited to few lines and fewer...

'By the end I’d lost me': Joe Simpson, mountaineer and writer - interview

Jasper Rees

The story of Touching the Void has been told and retold. Its author explores its appeal

'I’m having too much fun writing novels': author Nicolas Searle on The Good Liar

Joseph Walsh

Writer explains the journey from debut novel to prestige film

theartsdesk Q&A: Shakespears Sister

Russ Coffey

After 27 years they're back and chatting about reconciliation, yoga, the desert, Bananarama, and much more

10 Questions for musician Craig Finn

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Hold Steady frontman on his "more vulnerable" solo work and mental health on the road

theartsdesk Q&A: Gianandrea Noseda on conducting Mahler and the Pan-Caucasian Youth Orchestra

David Nice

The Italian conductor reflects after a blazing 'Resurrection' at the Tsinandali Festival

'A laboratory for everything': Jasper Parrott on the future of his classical music agency

Jasper Parrott

As Harrison Parrott celebrates 50 years with concerts on Sunday, its main mover reflects

10 Questions for conductor Charles Hazlewood

Thomas H Green

The man with the baton talks books, Brexit, minimalism, techno and time machines

10 Questions for author Martin Gayford

Marina Vaizey

The prolific writer on his love of art and jazz, and what makes a good writer

theartsdesk Q&A: composer Alastair White on his new opera ROBE

Miranda Heggie

Emerging Scottish talent describes creating layers of reality in his latest work

theartsdesk Q&A: Lia Williams on the challenges of theatre

Heather Neill

As 'The Night of the Iguana' opens, the actor renowned for playing dual roles talks Tennessee Williams, Pinter - and Wallis Simpson

Bob Dylan Special - theartsdesk Q&A: Scarlet Rivera

Tim Cumming

The violinist on 'Desire' and 'Rolling Thunder Revue' talks about working with Dylan at his peak

'I wrote a letter to Björk in Icelandic and it did the trick': Helgi Tomasson on an intervention that saved a ballet

Jenny Gilbert

The artistic director of San Francisco Ballet heralds its all-new season at Sadler's Wells

Chamber Music, Brighton Festival 2019 review - Wu-Tang Clan depths divined

Nick Hasted

The social and musical roots of the Wu-Tang Clan's debut discussed

10 Questions for Cellist Raphael Wallfisch

Gavin Dixon

On composers in exile, the forgotten beauty of English cello concertos, and why you shouldn’t mess with Beethoven

10 Questions for Director Benedikt Erlingsson

Nick Hasted

Woman at War's Icelandic director on eco-activism, being chained to a whaling ship and a peculiar Cold War childhood

10 Questions for Musician Will Gregory

Thomas H Green

The Goldfrapp mainstay talks physics, Moogs, Morricone and his work with the British Paraorchestra

10 Questions for Musician Soumik Datta

Mark Sheerin

The British-Indian sarod player talks jazz, colonialism, film and more

theartsdesk Q&A: playwright William Nicholson

Heather Neill

The 'Shadowlands' author talks about CS Lewis, love, pain and being a writer

10 Questions for actress and playwright Nicôle Lecky

Thomas H Green

The rising star of stage and screen talks grime, feminism, sex work, Nicki Minaj and SENSE8

theartsdesk Q&A: Bananarama

Thomas H Green

The indestructible girl group on singing, clubbing, post-punk, Lemmy, George Michael and much more

Director Jason Barker: ‘Trans lives are often portrayed so bleakly’

Owen Richards

A Deal with the Universe filmmaker shares the story behind his pregnancy

Interview with director Agnès Varda, who has died at 90

Demetrios Matheou

The French/Belgian filmmaking legend talked with Demetrios Matheou about her career

10 Questions for Brighton Festival CEO Andrew Comben

Thomas H Green

Helmsman talks art forgery, politics and the highlights of this year's programme

Q&A special: The making of Local Hero

Jasper Rees

As it becomes a stage musical, the film's writer-director and stars recall the birth of a masterpiece

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