“a wonderful series” – Alisdair Hogarth, pianist

Established in 2012 by blogger Frances Wilson (‘The Cross-Eyed Pianist’), Meet the Artist is a series of interviews in which musicians, conductors and composers discuss aspects of their creative lives, including inspirations, influences, repertoire, performance, recording, significant teachers and more. The interviews offer revealing insights into the musician’s working life and a fascinating glimpse “beyond the notes”.

“a terrific site” – Robert LaPorta, MSR Classics

The interview takes the form of a short questionnaire, loosely based on the Proust Questionnaire. Originally hosted entirely on the The Cross-Eyed Pianist site, the series has grown in popularity to such an extent that this special dedicated site has been created.

If you would like to take part in this project, please download and complete a questionnaire




“Frances Wilson…………a highly informative presence on the Internet, with her constructive and enthusiastic reviews of countless pianists under the name of ‘The Cross-Eyed Pianist’.”

Peter Donohoe, international concert pianist

Featured interviewees include:

Pianists: Ivo Pogorelich, Joanna Macgregor, Julius Drake, Dmitry Masleev, Jonathan Biss, Peter Donohoe, Kathryn Stott, Steven Osborne, Lucy Parham, Kirill Gerstein, Susan Tomes, Stephen Hough, Lara Melda, Janina Fialkowska, Angela Brownridge, Ashley Wass, Florian Uhlig, François-Frédéric Guy, Penelope Thwaites, Ursula Oppens, Jayson Gillham, Pascal Rogé, Robert Levin

Cellists: Gabriella Swallow, Joy Lisney, Jo Quail and Corinne Morris

Conductors: John Nelson, Scott Inglis-Kidger, Ben Parry, Kenneth Woods, Tom Hammond and Mark Wigglesworth

Composers: James MacMillan, Lauren Redhead, Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Thomas Hewitt Jones, Martin Butler, Patrick Nunn, Oliver Rudland, Robert Saxton, Peter Seabourne, Graham Lynch, Matthew Kaner, Kenneth Hesketh, Peter Byrom-Smith and Douglas Finch

Violinists: Rachel Podger, Fenella Humphreys, Matthew Trusler

The interviews (click on link for a list of all the interviews published to date on The Cross-Eyed Pianist)

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