You can­not but feel hum­bled.

Ahead of Thomas Hamp­son’s up­com­ing Novem­ber per­for­mance at the Hangzhou Grand The­atre, the bari­tone sat down with that’s China to dis­cuss mu­sic, life, his roots and much more...

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that's: Will your Novem­ber con­cert be the first time for you to visit Hangzhou and your first col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Hangzhou Phil­har­monic Orches­tra? What do you think of the city and its mu­si­cal mi­lieu?

Thomas Hamp­son: This is my se­cond visit to China and my first visit to Hangzhou. I’m afraid I have not been here long enough to prop­erly an­swer your ques­tion. I very much look for­ward to my first re­hearsal with the orches­tra which has a very fine rep­u­ta­tion. Your city is very im­pres­sive. that’s: Do you still re­mem­ber the mo­ment of ‘awak­en­ing’ in your mu­sic learn­ing years? What’s the best of what you have learnt from Horst Günter, whom you call “a life­long men­tor”?

Thomas Hamp­son: I think an artist has many “awak­en­ings” as you re­fer to it, in the ma­tur­ing of their mu­si­cal years. I have been in­flu­enced by sev­eral ma­jor con­duc­tors and teach­ers of course, per­haps one of the most im­por­tant lessons is that how­ever de­tailed and long the study and prepa­ra­tion may be ; when you are mak­ing mu­sic all of this and all of you goes into that one mo­ment of mu­si­cal thought. « Ev­ery­thing for one mo­ment »… Is per­haps the best way to de­scribe it. that’s: You spear­headed the first-ever live stream­ing clas­si­cal mu­sic avail­able on a mo­bile app in 2010. How was the master class re­ceived ?

Thomas Hamp­son: That was a very ex­cit­ing project. It was ex­tra­or­di­nary to have, even at that very early stage, over 1000 peo­ple in sev­eral coun­tries walk­ing down the street look­ing at their iPhone watch­ing a master class. We got mar­velous feed­back and have pro­ceeded, es­pe­cially at the Man­hat­tan School of Mu­sic and the Hei­del­berg Lied Akadamy with more dig­i­tal ed­u­ca­tion pos­si­bil­i­ties. that’s: The rise of stream­ing and new web tech­nolo­gies has brought about both op­por­tu­ni­ties, with the chance to reach out to wider au­di­ences, and chal­lenges, for mu­si­cians to still gen­er­ate an in­come. How do you

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