Tony DeSare Did it His Way

Tony DeSare did not follow the typical road to success. But he knew who he was, and he knew what he loved. He played and sang his way to Carnegie Hall, headlined with major symphony orchestras and has amassed four top ten Billboard jazz albums. He has been featured on major TV and Radio programs, has become an award-winning composer and film scorer and now has a huge online following. His authenticity shines through in this episode, as he shares candidly about his journey from the early years through Covid times and into the future. This episode flies by!

Show Notes

Youtube Channel
Song 1, I’m Gonna Live Till I Die
Song 2, You’ve Got a Friend
Song 3, Chemistry
NPR Interview

The Life of a Concert Pianist

If you get to know anyone well enough, you’ll discover a rich life story you couldn’t have imagined. But, the life of a concert pianist usually involves some unique twists and turns: crazy performance situations, international travel, life-changing mentors and personal relationships with pianos! In this episode, talented concert pianist, Shuann Chai, candidly shares her story of becoming who she is, the ups and downs of being a performer, her new recording “Kuhl, nicht Lau,” and her relationship with Mike, an 1820 Rosenberger piano. For show notes and hashtags, please visit:

Show Notes

Biographical info and performance videos

Featured Recording, Kuhl, nicht Lau

Her Story: Conductor Lina Gonzalez-Granados

As Oscar Wilde famously said, “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” Talented, dynamic and award-winning conductor, Lina Gonzalez-Granados, has made her mark in the music world by doing just that. Her resume is impressive, for sure, but her understanding of life and how to walk your own path in a competitive world is inspiring. Our conversation spanned everything from growing up during the Colombian Armed Conflict to becoming one of the leading proponents of Latin American composers to founding her own chamber orchestra, Unitas Ensemble.

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Lina’s website

Unitas Ensemble website

Conductors’ Collective website

Featured album, Estaciones

PBS interview

Opera Wire interview

Seattle Times feature

Latino 30 Under 30 video feature

Hart Institute for Women Conductors interview

502 Sessions TV performance of Unitas Ensemble

Michael Kaeshammer’s Journey: Germany, Canada, New Orleans, China and Deep Inside

This is a great story about doing what you love and finding purpose. A great pianist, producer and writer, BC-based Michael Kaeshammer has always been awarded for his immense talent, but his meaning in life took him by surprise in New Orleans when he simply was asked during a gig, ” Why are you here?” That question changed everything.

A quick editorial note: during the show it was said that Michael relocated from Canada to BC. Obviously, that was misspoken. He relocated from Germany to BC, Canada.

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Salman Meets Horowitz

Concert pianist, Mark Salman, recounts his unforgettable story of meeting Vladimir Horowitz, arguably the greatest classical pianist of the Twentieth Century. Not only did Mark meet Horowitz personally, but he also was invited to the Horowitz home to play for Horowitz in his NY apartment!

Finding Your Lane

People often begin their journeys in the music business by learning to play instruments as kids. Sometimes an undergraduate performance degree can seem like a dead-end, with few professional options ahead. But, if you want to pursue a music career, and if you can evaluate yourself honestly, maybe your own lane will emerge as you focus on your strengths. Bonnie Barrett, Director of Yamaha Artist Services in NY, shares her unique journey in the industry.