Moore on Staunton Music Festival


Over 70 world-class musicians arrive each August to perform in the Staunton Music Festival. They provide a foundation for everything that takes place in those 10 days.  Each maintains a busy professional career, and each has followed different paths to reach the point where performing music is their life's work.  Social media contributor Katharine H. Moore talks with SMF performers about Staunton, their career paths and ambitions, and what else makes them tick.


August 3, 2018: Behind the Music, Carsten Schmidt

None play a larger role in the founding and artistic leadership of the Staunton Music Festival than Carsten Schmidt, the director and visionary of our annual classical program. Carsten, who teaches at Sarah Lawrence College throughout the school year, regularly gives concerts around the world as a pianist, harpsichordist, and conductor. He has performed at famous venues such as the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, the Moscow Conservatory, the Kuhmo Festival in Finland, and the German Mozart Festival. Around Staunton, he is known for his daring and dynamic programs - for his zest to incorporate both venerable classical pieces and radical, avant-garde works into the same performance . . . [read the complete interview] 



August 10, 2018: Behind The Music, Fiona Hughes

As one of our many returning musicians, Fiona Hughes’ steady presence at the Staunton Music Festival is a welcome one. Based in Charlottesville, she spends most of her time directing and performing with Three Notch’d Road, an acclaimed Baroque ensemble of which she is a founding member. She is a versatile performer of both modern and baroque violin, appearing with North Carolina Baroque Orchestra, Apollo’s Fire, Washington Bach Consort, Boston Baroque, Duke Vespers Ensemble, the Richmond Symphony, and the Handel + Haydn Society.  Fiona’s period bows are crafted by David Hawthorne and her violin is the ex-Vieuxtemps Claude Pierray (1720 Paris)....[read the complete interview]