A few weeks ago, I was offered a phone interview with Russian conductor Valery Gergiev, who performs at Roy Thomson Hall on Sunday with his Mariinsky Orchestra. I politely turned it down, knowing that it is easier to catch a hummingbird than this elusive artist.
Ahead of her performance at Koerner Hall this Sunday, we caught up with the rising young Italian pianist Beatrice Rana back-stage for an informal interview that had sweet, fiery and pistachio tasting notes.
Bayrakdarian’s obsession with Spain – Madrid in particular – is deep-seated. It seems to be in her blood. In fact, she has a passion for all things Spanish – its music, its dance, its language, its food; its culture;… Locals have told her that she even looks like a Madrileña.