Seattle Chamber Music Society

James Ehnes, Artistic Director


SCMS: Classical Conversation Podcast


As part of its Winter and Summer Festivals, Seattle Chamber Music Society presents informal, in-depth discussions with Classical KING FM 98.1  host Dave Beck and Festival musicians. These Classical Conversation Podcast interviews give an inside look at the Chamber Music repertoire performed during the Festivals with world-class performers’ insight. Dave Beck and Rachel Ciprotti, Producers. Bill Levey, Recording Engineer and Technical Production.


Inon Barnatan
July 16, 2018

In Part 1 of our conversation with pianist Inon Barnatan, hear about the adrenaline rush of being called on to perform at the last minute—which happened recently when Inon performed with the Seattle Symphony on 24 hours notice. Learn about his early introduction to piano in Israel, and about his love of Schubert, including hearing him play a Schubert Impromptu.

James Ehnes
June 25, 2018

This second half of a 2-part Festival Teaser episode features SCMS Artistic Director James Ehnes talking about his excitement around programming pieces that he has always wanted to perform, like the Enescu Octet, and the importance of revisiting old favorites like Brahms, Beethoven, and Bach who are heavily featured this year. Also discussed: James Newton Howard’s newly commissioned work.

James Ehnes
June 8, 2018

SCMS Artistic Director and violinist James Ehnes gives a preview of the 2018 Summer Festival of chamber music. This first half of a 2-part Festival Teaser episode is about solving puzzles – the puzzles of programming a major festival with many different artists and repertoire, as well as the musical puzzles that Bach solves in “The Musical Offering” which will be the grand finale of the SCMS Summer Festival this year.

Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir
January 27, 2018

SCMS Festival Artist and cellist Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir discusses her musical education in her home country of Iceland and in the United States, her collaborations and recordings, and her experience as a teacher.

Roberto Díaz
January 19, 2018

Roberto Díaz is a renowned violist and President of the Curtis Institute of Music. In this Conversation, he speaks about his vision for the Curtis Institute and some of the innovative programs he has brought to the school. He also talks about his background, recordings, and his special connection to violist William Primrose.