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The #1 Music Interview Show! Great conversations with GRAMMY artists, Emmy Artists, Tony Award winners, Country Music Association artists, Pulitzer Prize recipients, Fulbright Scholars and many more!

The #1 Music Interview Show! Great conversations with GRAMMY artists, Emmy Artists, Tony Award winners, Country Music Association artists, Pulitzer Prize recipients, Fulbright Scholars and many more!


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The #1 Music Interview Show! Great conversations with GRAMMY artists, Emmy Artists, Tony Award winners, Country Music Association artists, Pulitzer Prize recipients, Fulbright Scholars and many more!






103: Tommy Emmanuel

A personal hero of mine is on the show today: 2-time Grammy nominee, Guitar Virtuoso, Tommy Emmanuel CGP (Certified Guitar Player)! His latest album is 2020’s The Best of Tommysongs, a double CD that features some of Tommy’s best original works with 5 brand new songs. 1:03 Nikhil’s personal musical journey starting with Tommy Emmanuel 5:01 How many solo’s did you learn off records? 6:38 Tommy’s advice for young musicians, “Get to Work!” 7:36 What do you mean by working 3hrs on a...


102: Peter Schubert

My guest today is Professor Peter Schubert. He holds a Ph.D. in musicology from Columbia University and is currently an Associate Professor at the McGill University Faculty of Music. He is the author of the textbook, “Modal Counterpoint: Renaissance Style” (Oxford University Press, 1999). and with colleague Christoph Neidhoefer he also co-authored “Baroque Counterpoint” (Prentice-Hall, 2005). He is known for teaching improvised vocal counterpoint in his classes.


101: David Mesquita

My Guest today is Professor David Mesquita, he teaches ear training, sightsinging, Historical satzlehre Renaissance through to the Romantic at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. His research focuses on Spanish Music and music theory, as well as improvised counterpoint. 0:30 What is your background? 1:31 On learning both Fixed Do and Moveable Do growing up at the same time 2:19 Do you have Absolute or Perfect Pitch? 2:49 What repertoire did you use when studying solfege? 4:05 Students who...


100: Derek Remeš

My guest today is Music Theorist, Organist and Composer, Derek Remeš. He is known for his research into the pedagogy behind Johann Sebastian’s Bach method of composition and improvisation. He also is the admin for Facebook group that he started,”Composition and Improvisation in J.S. Bach’s Germany”. ----- 0:36 What is your musical background? 2:37 Has anyone in Bach research looked at his craft of improvisation? 4:47 Do all organists have to improvise? 5:47 Did you have a background in...


99: Rosa Cafiero

What a great thrill to be joined by a very special guest, Professor Rosa Cafiero of the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, the department of History, Archaeology and Art History. She is here to talk about her latest book La didattica del partimento (a collection of nine essays, revisited and adjourned for the digital era). She is one of the great, early pioneers of Partimento research! ----- 0:55 The word for department in Italian is dipartimento 1:23 On being a graduate of the San...


98: Mark Ferraguto

My guest today is Professor Mark Ferraguto, he is an Associate Professor of Musicology at Penn State University. He will talk to us about his very interesting book “Beethoven 1806”, which was published by Oxford University Press in 2019. 0:30 Can you describe your musical background? 1:36 What were the things that bothered you about the way Beethoven was discussed? 3:08 Was Beethoven himself to blame for this because of the way he marketed himself? 4:27 The bust of Beethoven in a Liszt...


97: Ludwig Holtmeier

My guest today is the great Professor Ludwig Holtmeier, who is a music theorist, musicologist, pianist and the president of the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg! ----- 0:23 What’s your musical background? 3:37 Did you have a typical classical training or did you ever improvise as a young musician? 4:18 Do you have perfect or absolute pitch? 4:29 Did you learn music theory and counterpoint as a young musician? 4:59 Moving to Freiburg 7:37 When did you discover partimento? 10:10 How did...


96: Elam Rotem

I’m so pleased to introduce my guest today, a real expert on early music, Harpsichordist, composer and singer, Dr. Elam Rotem. In 2014, Rotem established the award winning resources website Early Music Sources. In 2016, he finished his PhD thesis with distinction ("Early Basso Continuo Practice: Implicit Evidence in the Music of Emilio de’ Cavalieri"), within a new collaborative program between the Schola Cantorum in Basel and the University of Würzburg, Germany. He is the founder and...


95: John Mortensen

My guest today is Professor John Mortensen, a leading performer, scholar and teacher in classical or historic improvisation, Steinway Artist, Fulbright Scholar, and is a professor of Music at Cedarville University. His new book is “The Pianist’s guide to Historic Improvisation”, published by Oxford University Press. Kate Boyd, Professor of Music at Butler University reviewed the book by saying, "This book fills an important niche in the world of piano and keyboard pedagogy. In each of the...


94: Tibor Szász

So privileged to introduced my guest today one of the greats, pianist, musicologist and educator Professor Tibor Szasz. He has given over 1000 solo, concerto, and chamber music performances all over the world. His recordings of Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Mendelssohn, Schubert, and Bartók have been issued in the United States and Germany. Tibor Szász holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in piano performance from the University of Michigan, and is a Tenured professor of piano at the Hoshschule fur...


93: Daniel Spreadbury

We’re joined today by a great guest, Dorico Product Marketing Manager Daniel Spreadbury, to talk about the new release of Dorico, version 3.5 and the new Figured Bass feature. ------- 0:22 The new feature: figured bass in Dorico 3.5 1:05 How is Dorico figured bass different in implementation compared to Sibelius, Finale, and other notation software? 4:38 On the greatness of the letter G being reserved for figured bass 6:14 Was figured bass a feature that was greatly requested? 9:30...


92: Nicoleta Paraschivescu

I’m thrilled to introduce my guest today, Harpischordist and Organist Professor Nicoleta Paraschivescu! She teaches the organ at the Academy of Music in Basel (AMS) and is organist at the church of St. Theodor in Basel. In 2015 she received her PhD from the University of Leiden for her doctoral dissertation about Giovanni Paisiello’s Partimenti. She was awarded the hibou-Stiftung Prize in 2016 in recognition of her outstanding research on partimenti. She is an expert in partimento...


91: Peter Pullman

My guest today is Peter Pullman, he is the author of “Wail: The Life of Bud Powell”. Receiving a Grammy nomination in 1994 for Best Album Notes on the album “The Complete Bud Powell On Verve” led Pullman to begin work on the biographical project. A truly exhaustive work, Pullman conducted 300 formal interviews, 500 informal ones, research in private archives, police records, FBI files, petitioning New York state psychiatric hospitals, fact finding trips to Europe. The book was a culmination...


90: Robert Gjerdingen

Returning to the program is Professor Robert Gjerdingen, Professor Emeritus of Music at Northwestern University’s School of Music. He is well known for his research in Music Schemata Theory, Partimento and is an expert in music of the 18th century. His previous book was the influential 2007 book “Music in the Galant Style” and he has a new book out entitled,”Child Composers in the Old Conservatories: How Orphans Became Elite Musicians”. He is also very actively updating his new website...


89: Ewald Demeyere

I’m so pleased to introduce my guest today Harpsichordist, Improviser and Conductor, Professor Ewald Demeyere. Professor Demeyere studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp obtaining his master’s degree for harpsichord in Jos van Immerseel’s class. On completion of his studies in 1997 he was engaged as a teacher of harmony, counterpoint and fugue by the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp. In 2002 he succeeded Jos van Immerseel as Professor of Harpsichord and he is also a professor at IMEP in...


88: John A. Rice

Hey everyone, welcome to the Nikhil Hogan Show. I’m really excited to introduce my guest today, Professor John A. Rice. Professor Rice studied music history under Daniel Heartz at the University of California, Berkeley (PhD, 1987) he taught at the University of Washington (1987–88), Colby College (1988–90), the University of Houston (1990–97), and the University of Texas at Austin (1999). More recently he has been a visiting professor at the University of Pittsburgh (2010–11) and the...


87: Johannes Menke

I’m really happy to introduce my guest today, Professor Johannes Menke. In 2004, he received his doctorate with a thesis on Giacinto Scelsi at the TU Berlin. From 1999-2009 he taught music theory and ear training at the Musikhochschule Freiburg and was also active as a radio author, organist and choirmaster. Since 2007 he has been Professor of Historical Theory at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. From 2008 to 2012 he was President of the Society for Music Theory (GMTH). He is co-editor of...


86: Vasili Byros

I’m so thrilled to be able to talk to my guest: Professor of Music Theory and Cognition, Professor Vasili Byros. Professor Byros is a tenured Associate Professor of Music Theory and Cognition at Northwestern University. He researches the compositional, listening, and pedagogical practices of the long 18th century, with an emphasis on the music of Beethoven, J. S. Bach, and Mozart, using a holistic methodology that combines perspectives from schema theory. A prolific scholar, his research...


85: Yuriko Byers

I am so delighted to be able to talk to the lovely Yuriko Byers, the wife of the late great arranger, composer, trombonist and musician Billy Byers. In a career that spanned over a 100 movies, dozens of Broadway shows and arrangements for hundreds of TV shows, Byers is regarded as one of the greatest arrangers in music history. He’s worked with the biggest names in music such as Quincy Jones, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Sarah Vaughan, Diana Ross, Count Basie, and really, too many to...


84: Henrik Jensen and David Dolan

We have a very special show today, returning to the show the master classical improviser Professor David Dolan, from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Also joining the program is Professor Henrik Jensen, from the Department of Mathematics at the Imperial College of London. He leads the Centre for Complexity Science, which engages in a range of research into the applied and fundamental aspects of complexity science. For today’s show, we’ll be diving into the fascinating collaborative...