Strings Attached

My name is Asaf Maoz and I am a professional musician. In this podcast I’m hosting various people for an intimate conversation about their career journey and lessons learned through their professional path. Together we try to see if there are parallel ideas between their field of expertise and the world of music.

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#21 -Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider

Thursday May 02, 2024

Thursday May 02, 2024

Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider is a leading solo violinist and a conductor. we sat down for a conversation about what's it like to do 2 different things in the music world but to aspire to be good at both. How do you know when to stop asking questions and what is his place of recharge?
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#20 - Lola Descours

Friday Apr 12, 2024

Friday Apr 12, 2024

Lola Descours is a very successful Bassoon player. We spoke about playing a "manly"  instrument as a woman, having little role models as a young woman and becoming a role model with time. 
We spoke about dealing with your own disadvantages and what is it like to live in different places, talking different languages - does it influence the way you make music.
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#19 - Clara-Jumi Kang

Tuesday Apr 02, 2024

Tuesday Apr 02, 2024

I am so excited to finally share with you the second season of strings attached! The first 4 episodes are dedicated to feminine role models.
In this episode I chat with star violinist Clara-Jumi Kang about her path to success, who were her role models and what's it like to be one herself. She speaks openly about loving being alone, learning to appreciate the intense life style of a soloist.
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Monday Aug 07, 2023

It doesn't happen often that I get to talk with a fellow podcaster, someone who asks me questions as well. This bonus episode is a joint episode with Pallavi Mahidhara, the host of "the conscious artist" podcast. We ended up having a very honest conversation about life as a musician, dreams and dealing with oneself. 
 
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The conscious artist podcast:
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#17 - Sir Andras Schiff

Thursday Jun 22, 2023

Thursday Jun 22, 2023

I was lucky to share the stage with Sir Andras Schiff a few times and now I got to have a chat with him about what is listening for him, about art and politics and about old friendships. We share a sad memory of the late pianist Radu Lupu and try to figure out what is it like being a star pianist.
 
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music in this episode is courtesy of Verbier festival, performed by the Verbier festival chamber orchestra conducted by Gabor Takacs.  
 

Thursday May 25, 2023

Stephan Koncz plays cello in the Berlin Philharmonic and before that in the Vienna Philharmonic, probably the best orchestras in the world. He talks about the differences between the 2 and how difficult was it to prepare for an audition for such an orchestra. He speaks about his childhood in a home filled with music and what is for him the importance of learning to playing with other rather than playing alone.
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music in this episode is composed and performed b Stephan Koncz and is courtesy of Stephan Koncz. 
 

Thursday Apr 27, 2023

Emmanuel Witzthum is a consultant and lecturer on such topics as - transformation processes in the arts and strategic business development in the arts in the 21st century. At the same time he combines work as composer, artistic director and creator of artistic digital experiences. He currently serves as Head of Creative Development for the Jerusalem Season of Culture and as the curator of the creative resident program at the ZEISS Innovation hub at KIT.
 
We spoke about how can art heal, how we as artists should try and figure things out and not just get everything ready made for us and how feeling comfortable is not safe!
 
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Thursday Apr 13, 2023

Martin Fröst is a world known clarinet player. I had the fortune to share the stage with him a few times and see how he moves on stage, how he tries to create new pieces in order to change a bit the way we perceive classical music.
we spoke about different art forms, to look at the bigger picture, how struggling with your limitations could actually bring you further than you've imagined and that after all that we should try and enjoy it more!
 
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Music in this episode is courtesy of the Verbier festival and is performed by the Verbier festival chamber orchestra, conducted by Gabor Takacs. 
 
 
 

#13 - Juan Perez Floristan

Thursday Mar 30, 2023

Thursday Mar 30, 2023

Do music competitions help you to get your career moving? how difficult is it to prepare for a competition? 
I sat down with Juan Perez Floristan, winner of the Rubinstein piano competition to ask him exactly that and more. I found a very thought through young artist who spends a lot of time by himself, a teacher and a storyteller.
 
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Thursday Mar 02, 2023

Making changes in life is hard. leaving a job in the Berlin Philharmonic is even harder! 
Ori Kam made this transition from an all star orchestra to a top level string quartet - Jerusalem quartet. 
We talk about the difference between a large ensemble and a small one,  what is the pressure level like in the Berlin Phil, what does he love about the intimacy of the string quartet.
 
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Music in this episode is performed and recorded by the Toscanini string quartet. 

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My name is Asaf Maoz and I am a professional musician. In this podcast I’m hosting various people for an intimate conversation about their career journey and lessons learned through their professional path.
Together we try to see if there are parallel ideas between their field of expertise and the world of music.

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