Updated March 2015 | For Immediate Release


NEW YORK – Living the Classical Life is an ongoing interview film series with prominent musicians and personalities from around the world presented by Elyria Pictures in New York City.

Providing an insider’s look into the heart of a musician's world and their aspirations, urgent challenges, and personal experiences, the series goes behind the scenes with performers, managers, recording producers, festival organizers, and rising stars. The photographic work of Peter Hobbs and Elizabeth Foley provide uniquely sensitive personality portrayals of the guests and host alike. The series' host, Zsolt Bognár, is a rising personality and performer in the classical music world. His heart-felt and passionate traversal of the musician’s world displayed through these interviews are engaging for all audiences. 

Mr. Bognár asserts,

“I grew up immersed in the one-on-one conversations with Charlie Rose and ‘Inside the Actor’s Studio with James Lipton’ and was inspired to a lifelong passion for getting to the center of hearts and minds of those around me, what they have to share of their lives, and the shared experiences of their work. I wanted to bring this arresting and immediate humanity to the world and personalities of the classical music world.”

Current episodes include:

Episode 1: Joshua Roman, cellist

Episode 2: Joe Patrych, recording producer

Episode 3: Cosmo Buono, artist manager

Episode 4: Filip Pogády, violinist; Ariel Bodman, soprano; Fernando Arroyo, composer; Kyle Ritenauer, conductor

Episode 5: Joel Smirnoff, president of Cleveland Institute of Music

Episode 6: Paul Schenly, pianist

Episode 7: David Aladashvili, pianist

Episode 8: Tanya Gabrielian, pianist

Episode 9: Stephen Hough, British concert pianist, writer, and MacArthur Fellow

Episode 10: Daniil Trifonov, Deutsche Grammophon exclusive recording artist

Episode 11: Christopher O'Riley, pianist and host of NPR's From the Top

Episode 12: Robert Durso, pianist and master Taubman teacher, co-founder of the Golandsky Institute

Episode 13: Peter Takács, hailed by The New York Times as "a marvelous pianist," released all thirty-two Beethoven sonatas on the Cambria label in 2011

Episode 14: Yuja Wang, one of today's hottest and sensational pianists

Episode 15: Case Scaglione, Solti Foundation Fellow, assistant conductor at New York Philharmonic

Episode 16: Joshua Bell, Grammy Award-winning violinist and one of today's most famous classical musician 

Episode 17: Isabel Leonard, Grammy Award-winning soprano and recipient of the 2013 Richard Tucker Award

Episode 18: Roger Chase, British violist who has recorded for EMI, Virgin, and Hyperion; owner of the 1717 Montagnana viola

Episode 19: The Jupiter String Quartet, winner of the prestigious Banff, Young Concert Artists, and Fischoff competitions

Upcoming episodes will feature violinist Hilary Hahn, baritone Nathan Gunn, legendary American opera star Marilyn Horne, the Pacifica Quartet, pianist Benjamin Grosvenor, journalist and author Norman Lebrecht, pianist Lars Vogt, pianist Sara Davis Buechner, and more.

Living the Classical Life has partnered with Rhinegold Publishing in London. The formidable publisher launched Rhinegold TV that features performances and interviews with classical musicians. The joint collaboration will involve three magazines of Rhinegold's portfolio: International Piano, Opera Now, and Classical Music. Watch Living the Classical Life on Rhinegold TV.

The complete Living the Classical Life series is available on LivingTheClassicalLife.com.

"Living the Classical Life” is an indispensable supplement to any musician's journey. It is so refreshing to see and hear the frank interviews and musical snippets from artists in every stage of their careers, to glimpse the humanity behind the artifice, and hopefully to perceive some glistening insight that…fires the imagination.” –Domenic Salerni (Vega String Quartet)

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