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Season 2

Episode:1 James Austin Smith, oboe


Published 1 Feb 2020 

James is an artist of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) and Decoda, co-principal oboist of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and Artistic and Executive Director of Tertulia, a chamber music series that takes place in restaurants in New York and San Francisco  He is a member of the oboe and chamber music faculties of Stony Brook University and the Manhattan School of Music.


On this episode, I speak to James about very interesting topics:

  • his musical origins,

  • his chamber music series, Tertulia,

  • how he came to focus and devote his energies on chamber music

  • what qualities presenters look for in presenting artists

  • how we can grow new audiences for classical music and “turn the dial”

  • how he stays inspired and how to keep an interpretation “fresh”

  • the benefits of having a life outside music

  • his dream “programme”


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Produced by NIKI HEART,

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