YouTube Videos Released on Surviving the Classical Music Industry Featuring Pianist Zsolt Bognár Interviewing Prominent Classical Musicians/Personalities

NEW YORK – Living the Classical Life is an ongoing interview film series with prominent musicians and personalities from around the world presented by Elyria Pictures in New York City.

Providing an insider’s look into the heart of a musician’s world and their aspirations, urgent challenges, and personal experiences, the series goes behind the scenes with performers, managers, recording producers, festival organizers, and rising stars. The photographic work of Peter Hobbs and Elizabeth Foley provide uniquely sensitive personality portrayals of the guests and host alike. The series’ host, Zsolt Bognár, is a rising personality and performer in the classical music world. His heart-felt and passionate traversal of the musician’s world displayed through these interviews are engaging for all audiences. 

Mr. Bognár asserts, “I grew up immersed in the one-on-one conversations with Charlie Rose and ‘Inside the Actor’s Studio with James Lipton’ and was inspired to a lifelong passion for getting to the center of hearts and minds of those around me, what they have to share of their lives, and the shared experiences of their work. I wanted to bring this arresting and immediate humanity to the world and personalities of the classical music world.”

Upcoming episodes slated for release in 2014 include Christopher O’Riley, Stephen Hough, Daniil Trifonov, Nathan Gunn, Case Scaglione, and Conrad Tao. 

Current episodes include:

Episode 1: Joshua Roman, cellist

Episode 2: Joe Patrych, recording producer

Episode 3: Cosmo Buono, artist manager and competition president

Episode 4: Filip Pogády, violinist; Ariel Bodman, soprano; Fernando Arroyo, composer; Kyle Ritenauer, conductor

Episode 5: Joel Smirnoff, president of Cleveland Institute of Music; former first violin of the Juilliard Quartet

Episode 6: Paul Schenly, pianist and longtime director of piano at CIM and Pianofest in the Hamptons

Episode 7: David Aladashvili, pianist

Episode 8: Tanya Gabrielian, pianist

Episode 9: Daniil Trifonov, Deutsche Grammophon exclusive recording artist (In Production)

Episodes slated for production in 2014

CHRISTOPHER O’RILEYpianist and host of NPR’s “From the Top” (In Production)

NATHAN GUNNinternationally-acclaimed baritone and opera star

STEPHEN HOUGHBritish concert pianist, writer, and MacArthur Fellow

CASE SCAGLIONEassistant conductor of the New York Philharmonic

PETER TAKÁCSBeethoven specialist and faculty member at Oberlin Conservatory of Music

CONRAD TAOpiano prodigy, composer, and violinist

ROBERT DURSOmaster Taubman teacher and senior director of The Golandsky Institute

ELIZABETH DeMIO, pianist, interviews Zsolt Bognár

All episodes are available on, and for free digital download on iTunes.

Living the Classical Life is an indispensable supplement to any musician’s journey. It is so refreshing to see and hear the frank interviews and musical snippets from artists in every stage of their careers, to glimpse the humanity behind the artifice, and hopefully to perceive some glistening insight that…fires the imagination.” –Domenic Salerni (Vega String Quartet)


In addition to this interview series, Mr. Bognár releases his debut album October 2013—Franz & Franz—recorded with Grammy Award-winning producer Philipp Nedel in Berlin’s B-Sharp Studios.  The disc includes works by Franz Schubert and Franz Liszt and will be released on the Con Brio label. Click here for the album trailer.

Both film and CD projects follow recent performances in Los Angeles, New York (Lincoln Center), Chicago, Washington DC (Kennedy Center), Munich, Brussels, Vienna, and Tokyo (Suntory Hall). 

Recipient of the 2007 Arthur Loesser Prize, Mr. Bognár frequently performs chamber music with members of the Cleveland Orchestra in live NPR broadcasts. His musical collaborations and diverse projects were the recipient of an International Festival Society Grant in 2013 to spend a week with Martha Argerich, and have included international speaking engagements, publications, and residencies in performance series and universities. Especially noted for his insights in the works of Beethoven, Schubert, and Russian repertoire, Mr. Bognár has been selected by the Wilhelm Kempff Foundation to present six Beethoven sonatas and two concerti on the Amalfi Coast of Italy, October 2013.

Mr. Bognár is a student of Sergei Babayan. He has received both bachelor and master degrees in music from the Cleveland Institute of Music.


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