Masumi Per Rostad on Beethoven, YouTube, and the Viola

By Adela Skowronski |

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Masumi Per Rostad

Grammy Award-winning Japanese-Norwegian violist Masumi Per Rostad is a man completely immersed in classical music. In addition to being a highly sought-after performer, Rostad founded a music festival, teaches at Eastman School of Music, and often contributes articles to publications like The Guardian and Gramophone. He even makes his own YouTube videos, all for the sake of introducing as many people as possible to the music he loves.

He chats with Adela Skowronski — WFMT's 2021 Andrew Patner Fellow — about all these projects and more prior to his performances of Margaret Brouwer's Viola Concerto at the Grant Park Music Festival this weekend.

In his conversation with WFMT, Rostad also mentioned a video about making coffee in the Beethoven way. Watch that video below.

Finally, here's Rostad's conversation with composer Margaret Brouwer, who wrote the piece that he'll perform on the stage of the Grant Park Music Festival.