The Green Room: Previous Editions

All issues of Askonas Holt’s magazine, The Green Room.

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Issue 3 Autumn 2018: China focus

Long Yu speaks to Sophie Rashbrook about the dramatic changes and vigorous vitality in China’s cultural industry, breaking down cultural boundaries and dispelling the myth of ‘eastern’ and ‘western’ music; Chinese classical guitar pioneer Xuefei Yang discusses her overseas learning and living experiences, the importance of commissioning new work and her pride in bringing Chinese music into her instrument’s repertoire; Violinist Ziyu He talks to us about competitions, the balance between studying and performing, and the joy behind music; Spotlights on conductors Huang Yi, and Nicholas Carter, and soprano Asmik Grigorian; A look back at how AH’s relationship with China began, and at the value of a two-way relationship with the country; Project Manager Aislinn Ryan gives us the lowdown on touring a theatrical production; The Leeds International Piano Competition: Gaetan Le Divelec & Adam Gatehouse in conversation; News from Samuel Dale Johnson, Daniel Harding, Kirsten MacKinnon, Matthew Rose, Ainars Rubikis & Virginie Verrez, plus four new signings; Meet the team: Artist Manager Susie Murray
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Issue 2 Summer 2018: USA focus

In the second edition of our new magazine, guest-edited by Phillippa Cole, we speak to new festival artistic directors Alison Balsom and Inon Barnatan, and festival veteran Lars Vogt, about their approaches in Cheltenham, La Jolla and Heimbach; showcase some of Yevgeny Sudbin‘s stunning photographs; and speak to actor and director Fiona Shaw, who gives us some insight into how she uses her theatre background to approach her opera directing work. And in a special USA focus, we drop in on a chat between James Gaffigan and Edward Gardner, shine a spotlight on mezzo-soprano Samantha Hankey and long-standing touring partner Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, plus, discover Carnegie Hall’s newest programme for young musicians, NYO Jazz.
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Issue 1 Spring 2018: Conductor focus

Yannick Nézet-Séguin talks to Rupert Chandler about the importance of showing love, his journey towards opera, freedom within discipline, and reflects on the dichotomy between opera and symphonic conducting; Sir George Benjamin offers insight on the interplay between composing and conducting; Nathalie Stutzmann tells us about how she realised her long-held aspiration to pursue a dual career as a singer and conductor; words of wisdom from young conductors Kensho WatanabeKarina Canellakis and Roderick Cox; Tim Menah reflects on the new challenges for young singers in a digital age; and Sir Thomas Allen and Sue Spence pay tribute to our dear colleague Robert Rattray.
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