|Conductor, composer, and organ
virtuoso Anthony Newman was born May 12, 1941, in Los Angeles, later
studying in Paris under the tutelage of Nadia Boulanger and Pierre
Cochereau. The recipient of a Diplome
Superieur from the Ecole
Normale de Musique, Newman returned to the U.S. to train under
composers Leon Kirchner and Luciano Berio.
His subsequent output includes no less than include five concertos,
three orchestral sinfonias, and an array of works for piano and organ.
A prolific recording artist with a catalog of albums spanning material
from the 17th century to the modern era, Newman also taught at
Juilliard and headed the graduate music program at Purchase College of
the State University of New York.
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Described by Wynton Marsalis as "The High Priest of Bach", and by Time Magazine as "The High Priest of the Harpsichord," Newman continues his 50 year career as America's leading organist, harpsichordist and Bach specialist.
His prodigious recording output includes more than 170 CDs on such labels as CBS, SONY, Deutsche Grammaphon, and Vox Masterworks. In 1989, Stereo Review voted his original instrument recording of Beethoven's Third Piano Concerto as "Record of the Year". His collaboration with Wynton Marsalis on Sony's "In Gabriel's Garden" was the best selling classical CD in 1997.
As keyboardist, he has performed more than sixty times at Lincoln Center in New York, and has collaborated with many of the greats of music including Kathleen Battle, Itzhak Perlman, Eugenia Zukerman, John Nelson, Jean-Pierre Rampal, James Levine, Lorin Mazel, Mstislav Rostropovich, Seji Osawa, and Leonard Bernstein.
As conductor, he has worked with the greats of chamber music orchestras including St. Paul Chamber, LA Chamber, Budapest Chamber, Scottish Chamber, and the 92nd St. Y Chamber Orchestras. Larger symphonic groups include Seattle (over 40 appearances), Los Angeles, San Diego, Calgary, Denver, and New York Philharmonic Orchestras.
No less prodigious a composer, his works have been heard in Paris, Vienna, Budapest, Krakow, Warsaw, New York, and London. His output includes 4 symphonies, 4 concerti, 3 large choral works, 2 operas, Nicole, and Massacre (in collaboration with Charles Flowers), 3 CDs of piano music, and a large assortment of chamber, organ and guitar works. His complete works are published by Ellis Press. Newman has received 30 consecutive composer's awards from ASCAP.
Newman is music director of "Bach Works," New York's all Bach association, and Bedford Chamber Concerts; is on the Visiting Committee for the Department of Musical Instruments at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; and on the board of the Musical Quarterly Magazine. As a person committed to outreach, he was a volunteer for Stamford Hospital, a member of Hospice International from 1995 to 2004. Newman is music director of St. Matthews Episcopal Church in Bedford NY. Newman is a Yamaha Artist, and a proud alumnus of Young Concert Artists.
-- Two brief biographies edited from different internet sources
-- Names which are links throughout this page refer to my interviews elsewhere on this website. BD
Rafael Druian was born in Vologda, Russia 250 km east of St. Petersburg (then Petrograd) on January 20, 1922. With the upheaval of the Revolution, Druian's family emigrated to Havana, Cuba when Rafael was an infant. In 1930, Rafael began studies with the Paris-born Cuban composer Amadeo Roldán (1900-1939), concertmaster and later conductor of the Havana Philharmonic. In about 1933, Rafael was admitted to the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia where he remained until his graduation in the Class of 1942. When he served in the US Army during World War II, Druian played the mellophone (a 3 valved horn) in the Army band. Following the war he was concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony from 1947-1949 under Antal Dorati. Druian followed Dorati to the Minneapolis Symphony in 1949 when Dorati became Music Director. Druian remained in Minneapolis as Concertmaster from 1949-1960, the same as Dorati's tenure there. In 1960, George Szell appointed Druian to succeed Josef Gingold as concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra, where he served for nine seasons. After Cleveland, Druian taught at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia. He returned to orchestral life, being appointed concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic by Pierre Boulez from 1971-1974. Druian then pursued conducting, including festivals in New York and Alaska. He also continued teaching conducting and violin at Boston University and at his alma mater, the Curtis Institute. Rafael Druian died in Philadelphia on Sept. 6, 2002, age 80.
© 1989 Bruce Duffie
This conversation was recorded at his hotel near the Ravinia
Festival on October 20, 1989. Portions were broadcast on WNIB in
This transcription was made in 2014, and posted on this
at that time.
To see a full list (with links) of interviews which have been transcribed and posted on this website, click here.
Award - winning broadcaster Bruce Duffie was with WNIB, Classical 97 in Chicago from 1975 until its final moment as a classical station in February of 2001. His interviews have also appeared in various magazines and journals since 1980, and he now continues his broadcast series on WNUR-FM, as well as on Contemporary Classical Internet Radio.You are invited to visit his website for more information about his work, including selected transcripts of other interviews, plus a full list of his guests. He would also like to call your attention to the photos and information about his grandfather, who was a pioneer in the automotive field more than a century ago. You may also send him E-Mail with comments, questions and suggestions.