Anastasia Tsioulcas

Anastasia Tsioulcas is an Associate Producer for NPR Music. In this role she is responsible for producing, blogging and occasional reporting on classical and world music.

Tsioulcas is co-host of NPR's classical music blog, Deceptive Cadence, and also produces live concert webcasts, ranging from Member Station co-productions to other live concerts and special events, including Field Recordings and Tiny Desk Concerts, that she's helped curate and produce.

While here at NPR, Tsioulcas has produced, coordinated and reported on a variety of topics and initiatives including rallying a few hundred singers to Times Square for a "flash choir" to sing the world premiere of a new Philip Glass piece, commissioned by NPR Music. Tsioulcas also had the opportunity to speak with Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Steve Reich about his piece WTC 9/11 and she produced and co-hosted a live concert at (Le) Poisson Rouge with legendary conductor Daniel Barenboim and his West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, comprised of players from Israel and across the Arab world.

Prior to joining NPR in April 2011, she was widely published as a writer on both classical and world music, and was the former North America editor for Gramophone Magazine and the classical music columnist for Billboard. She has also been an on-air contributor to many public radio programs, including WNYC's Soundcheck, Minnesota Public Radio's The Savvy Traveler, Public Radio International's Weekend America, and the BBC's The World. As a world music journalist, she has reported from across north and western Africa, South Asia and Europe on the music and culture of those regions.

Born in Boston, Tsioulcas was trained from an early age as a Western classical violinist and violist. She holds a BA from Barnard College, Columbia University in comparative religion.

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Deceptive Cadence
10:03 am
Mon December 1, 2014

What's Your Top 100 Of The Last 100 Years?

Composer Steve Reich, whose Music for 18 Musicians pulled out ahead of Gershwin, Shostakovich, Bartok, Ives, Berg and all others in last year's Q2 poll.
Wonge Bergmann Courtesy of the artist

For the past few years, member station Q2 in New York City has been enlisting listeners in a thought-provoking year-end poll. Forget the best music of the last year — what are the very best compositions of the last century?

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Music News
2:02 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Remembering Sabah, An Iconic And Thoroughly Unconventional Arab Star

Lebanese singer Sabah in a 2008 photo from Lebanon.
Anwar Amro AFP/Getty Images

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Music
10:32 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Celebrate Some Of The Year's Best New Releases With Q2

Grammy-winning violist Kim Kashkashian, who plays in the chamber ensemble Tre Voci.
Steve Riskind Courtesy of the artist

What's some of the most exciting music from 2014?

Find out with our member station Q2 Music, which is hosting an evening dedicated to three important album releases from the year nearly past. The concert takes place at The Greene Space in New York on Dec. 2 at 7 PM.

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Deceptive Cadence
11:20 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Musicians' Brains Really Do Work Differently — In A Good Way

Brains have a "full-body" workout when their owners play music.
TED-Ed

"Did you know that every time musicians pick up their instruments, there are fireworks going off all over their brain?"

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Deceptive Cadence
3:47 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Uncovering The Heart Of Chopin — Literally

Composer and pianist Frederic Chopin, who died in 1849.
General Photographic Agency Getty Images

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Deceptive Cadence
3:39 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Just Who Is This Opera Star Singing At The World Series Tonight?

Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, who is singing the national anthem at Game 7 of the World Series tonight in Kansas City, Mo.
Simon Pauly Courtesy of the artist

Maybe this trajectory mirrors the Kansas City Royals' unlikely road to the pennant: An opera star beats out much more mainstream artists to sing the national anthem at the decisive World Series Game 7.

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Music
7:18 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Latitudes: 10 Musical Discoveries From Around The World

Galician singer Davide Salvado enchanted the audience at his WOMEX showcase in Santiago de COmpostela, Spain in October 2014.
Anastasia Tsioulcas/NPR

Originally published on Mon November 10, 2014 6:08 pm

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Carnegie Hall Live
3:24 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Carnegie Hall Live: András Schiff Plays Mozart, Haydn, Schubert And Beethoven

Andras Schiff plays final piano sonatas by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert at Carnegie Hall March 10, 2015.
Jean-Francois Gailloud ECM Records

On March 10, 2015, hear the eminent pianist in a recital of sublime works spanning the Classical-era elegance of Haydn and Mozart and the introspective Romantic drama of Schubert and Beethoven.

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Music Articles
3:57 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Latitudes: 50 Years Of Nonesuch, 10 Essential Recordings

Senegalese superstar singer Youssou N'Dour performs in Lagos, Nigeria in 2009.
Pius Utomi Ekpei AFP/Getty Images

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Deceptive Cadence
3:07 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Remembering Christopher Hogwood, An Evangelist For Early Music

The late conductor, keyboard player and scholar Christopher Hogwood.
Marco Borggreve Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu September 25, 2014 12:55 pm

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First Listen
10:03 pm
Sun September 21, 2014

First Listen: Brooklyn Rider, 'The Brooklyn Rider Almanac'

Brooklyn Rider's new album, The Brooklyn Rider Almanac, comes out Sept. 30.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed October 1, 2014 9:36 am

It's become a trope that artists aren't interested in being limited by genre — at least the really fascinating ones, that is. One of the most enjoyable current examples of this reach beyond stylistic divides is Almanac, the newest project from the string quartet Brooklyn Rider.

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First Listen
10:01 pm
Sun September 21, 2014

First Listen: John Luther Adams, 'Become Ocean'

Cantaloupe

Originally published on Wed October 1, 2014 9:33 am

When John Luther Adams' sweeping orchestral piece Become Ocean was performed at Carnegie Hall for the first time in May, it was also the first time the composer had attended a concert there.

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Deceptive Cadence
3:04 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Philip Glass And Steve Reich At BAM: Together Again Yet Still Apart

Four Organs by Steve Reich was performed Tuesday at the Brooklyn Academy of Music as part of the 50th anniversary of the Nonesuch label (from left: Philip Glass, Nico Muhly, David Cossin, Timo Andres and Steve Reich).
Stephanie Berger

Throughout this month, the Brooklyn Academy of Music's signature Next Wave Festival is celebrating a record label with which it shares history and purpose: Nonesuch, marking its 50th anniversary this year.

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Music
12:16 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Latitudes: The International Music You Must Hear In August

Mauritanian singer and instrumentalist Noura Mint Seymali.
Ebru Yidiz for NPR

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Deceptive Cadence
7:11 pm
Sat August 16, 2014

Centenarian Soprano Licia Albanese Dies

Soprano Licia Albanese in an undated photo, posing as Violetta in Verdi's La traviata.
Sedge LeBlang courtesy of the Metropolitan Opera

Originally published on Sun August 17, 2014 7:59 am

Italian-American lyric soprano Licia Albanese, known for her deeply felt character portrayals, died Friday at her home in New York, her son, Joseph Gimma, told NPR Music Saturday. She was 105 years old.

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Deceptive Cadence
8:44 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Read These While They're Still Free

Pianist Helene Grimaud, the subject of a 2011 New Yorker profile.
Mat Hennek Courtesy of the artist

Last month, The New Yorker announced that it was teasing a new "freemium" version of its website (which launches this fall) with an alluring proposition. All of its most recent pieces, plus the full archives back to 2007 and some even older selections, are free for the rest of the summer.

So we took this opportunity to dig up some delicious classical music-minded pieces from the magazine's archives. They're perfect long reads for a lazy August afternoon.

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All Songs TV
11:05 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Ibeyi, 'River'

YouTube

Originally published on Mon September 15, 2014 11:07 am

The video for Ibeyi's song "River" is, frankly, more than a little unsettling. Twin sisters take turns staring flatly into the camera, singing expressionlessly, in between being repeatedly submerged underwater. Are we witnessing a baptism or a drowning? It's unclear. But the song is so darkly beautiful and beguiling that I've been watching it non-stop.

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Music Lists
11:39 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Latitudes: The International Music You Must Hear In July

Spanish singer Dolores Vargas, "La Terremoto" — The Earthquake — in Madrid in 1970.
Gianni Ferrari Cover/Getty Images

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Deceptive Cadence
11:02 am
Wed July 30, 2014

A Breath Of Inspiration: John Luther Adams' New 'Sila'

An overhead shot of the performance of John Luther Adams' Sila at New York's Lincoln Center Friday evening.
Kevin Yatarola Courtesy of Lincoln Center

Originally published on Mon August 18, 2014 6:08 pm

Composer John Luther Adams has been enjoying enormous success.

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Deceptive Cadence
10:01 am
Tue July 22, 2014

America's Youth Orchestra Hits The Road — This Time, Playing For U.S.

The French horns of the National Youth Orchestra of the USA — a yearly summer project organized by Carnegie Hall — rehearsed Saturday in Purchase, N.Y., in advance of their tour around the country.
Chris Lee Courtesy of the National Youth Orchestra of the USA

Originally published on Tue July 22, 2014 1:23 pm

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Deceptive Cadence
7:29 am
Wed July 16, 2014

How The 3 Tenors Sang The Hits And Changed The Game

Placido Domingo, José Carreras and Luciano Pavarotti at Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles, with conductor Zubin Mehta.
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Fri August 1, 2014 7:56 am

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Deceptive Cadence
10:53 am
Thu July 3, 2014

After 36 Years, A Trumpeter Sounds His Last Note In New York

New York Philharmonic principal trumpeter Philip Smith plays at New York's Park Avenue Armory in a performance in June 2012.
Chris Lee Courtesy of the New York Philharmonic

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Field Recordings
8:59 am
Wed July 2, 2014

What Happens When 350 Musicians Meet For The First Time In Brooklyn?

About 350 musicians and even more spectators gathered on the steps of the Brooklyn Public Library on June 21 for the NPR Music-commissioned premiere of Sunny Jain's 100+ BPM.
Polina Yamshchikov for NPR

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 9:05 am

We at NPR Music leave a lot of variables out in the wild when we make Field Recordings. That's especially true when we commission new music for the annual Make Music New York festival, as we have for three years.

Since we're not using a traditional stage and people are roaming around, we don't know exactly what the performance will sound like (though we're lucky to work with fantastic engineering colleagues). It's always held outdoors, and we can't be sure what the weather will be.

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Music
1:25 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Latitudes: International Music You Must Hear In June

Susheela Raman, a London-based singer who draws upon her Indian roots.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat June 28, 2014 11:43 am

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Deceptive Cadence
12:03 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

What's Worth $45 Million — Or More? One Viola

David Aaron Carpenter plays the 'Macdonald' Stradivarius viola at Sotheby's auction house for NPR in April.
Manya Zuba/NPR

Originally published on Wed June 25, 2014 4:23 pm

Update Wednesday, June 25, 2014: A representative from Sotheby's tells NPR that the instrument did not sell "at this time."

Wednesday, Sotheby's auction house plans to announce the sale of a rare viola made by Antonio Stradivari. The minimum bid is $45 million. If it sells, it will be the most expensive instrument of any kind in history.

Here's an old musician joke: How do you keep your violin from getting stolen? Put it in a viola case.

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All Songs Considered
1:12 pm
Sun June 22, 2014

Making Joyful Noise At Make Music New York 2014

The musicians are an incredible cross-section of the city's cultural life — of all ages, from all kinds of musical and cultural backgrounds, and ranging from amateurs and students to notable professional players.
Polina Yamshchikov for NPR

Originally published on Sun June 22, 2014 5:09 pm

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Deceptive Cadence
2:23 am
Wed June 18, 2014

A Rhythm That Has Waltzed Away With Hearts

Debutantes in the opening waltz of the 2011 Vienna Opera Ball. The head of the Vienna Institute for Strauss Research calls the waltz "Austria's premier cultural export."
JOE KLAMAR AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 2:11 pm

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Field Recordings
12:07 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

On A Magical Mystery Tour With Hassan Hakmoun

Mito Habe-Evans NPR

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 10:19 am

When we plan Field Recordings, we usually look far and wide to find off-the-beaten-path locations for filming musicians. But a unique opportunity presented itself when a duo called Wanderlust Projects — designers of "transgressive placemaking experiences" for urban explorers, usually in abandoned or otherwise off-limits places — invited us to come along on an adventure.

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Deceptive Cadence
11:44 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Rafael Fruhbeck De Burgos, Versatile Spanish Conductor, Dies At 80

The versatile Spanish conductor Rafael Frübeck de Burgos.
Morten Abrahamsen

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