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Herbert Meets: Sergio Diaz De Rojas

Herbert Meets: Sergio Díaz De Rojas

Sergio Diaz De Rojas by Laura Vidal-Abarca

In a time where Spotify’s ‘Peaceful Piano’ has become the blue tick verification that contemporary classical artists strive for, I wanted to learn more about how Peruvian-born pianist and composer Sergio Díaz De Rojas felt about the rising popularity around a genre that he has helped grow through his own music, platform ‘Piano and Coffee’ and record label‘ Piano and Coffee Records.’   read more

Herbert Meets: Willie Alexander

Herbert Meets: Willie Alexander

Willie Alexander is a New York based musician and composer whose journey began with the accidental discovery of his singing talent. Fast-forward to today and Willie has just completed a five year stint with the San Francisco Symphony and now lives in New York where he is composing – most recently the music for Kim Kardashian’s SKIMS Fashion show. 

I soon found out when listening to his story that Willie is tenacious, warm and unafraid to get to the heart of the matter, so that’s exactly what we did.  read more

Herbert’s Ones To Watch 2020

Herbert’s Ones To Watch 2020 

We feel that this year is an auspicious one and we hope it is exactly that for you. To kick it off, Herbert and I wanted to share our predicitions of which ten classical music artists will cause some serious waves this year.

If you like and hear what you see, please go and watch, listen and support these talented rising artists. 

 1.Nana Ouyang

Nana Ouyang by Jumbo Tsui 

19-year-old Nana Ouyang is a rising cellist that supercharges what it means to be a ‘triple-threat.’  At just 15 she released her debut cello solo album ’15.’  The same year – also a budding actress, she starred as the lead in Jackie Chan’s Sci-Fi Film ‘Bleeding Steel.’ She since has been building her acting career, her 14 million followers on Chinese social platform ‘Weibo’ and has also caught the attention of the fashion world. Watch the space for what Nana does next.  read more

Blair Coron

Herbert Meets: Blair Coron 

Meet Blair Coron, Glasgow-based composer and pianist.

I saw a photo of Blair’s workspace on Instagram and   wanted to find out where it was, how Blair put it together and how important it was in Blair’s composition process and for him as an artist.  

For a podcast about blackboards, Nils Frahm, his hamster Pippin, the Scottish highlands and his EP DO/RE., listen here.


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Yeethoven II

Herbert Meets: Johan & Yuga | Yeethoven II

Herbert Meets: Johan & Yuga | Yeethoven II

Meet Yuga Cohler and Johan – the brains behind Yeethoven + Yeethoven II, a project that brings together the music of musical giants Ludwig van Beethoven and Kanye West.

The first instalment: Yeethoven, was performed in April 2016 with the support of the Young Musicians Foundation. It sold out, received critical acclaim and is back.

Yeethoven II ft. Yeezus (2013) and Life of Pablo (2016) premiered in The Belasco Theatre in Los Angeles on December 14th and it will be performed at the Lincoln Centre in New York on January 18th, 2018. read more

laurence osborn

Herbert Meets: Laurence Osborn

Herbert Meets: Laurence Osborn

It’s raining, it’s cold, it’s a Monday night and Herbert has bagged a warm corner table in Yumcha soho to meet composer Laurence Osborn.

For someone so young, Osborn has already produced a pretty impressive body of work + awards and so I will admit, Herbert was a bit nervous.

There wasn’t a need – Laurence is incredibly relaxed, warm and interesting and put Herbert at ease within minutes. So we sat down with our teas – L went for – Chilli Chilli Bang Bang tea and H for Tranquillity and discussed his upcoming project Ctrl – a 20 minute opera that will premiere on November 24th at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival where Osborn is also an International Showcase Artist this year. read more


Herbert Meets: Okiem

Herbert Meets: Okiem

Meet OKIEM @okiemofficial – a pianist and composer who has also toured on keyboards with everyone from Leona Lewis to Tinie Tempah and Boy George.

As a soloist, he creates his signature cinematic classical sound by combining piano, orchestral instruments and synthesizers and has just released his debut solo album XIRO, which he is currently touring with his 12-piece orchestra.

 Herbert has been following Okiem for a while @okiemofficial and wanted to find out more… read more

Joseph Reuben

Herbert Meets: Joseph Reuben

Herbert Meets: Joseph Reuben

Meet Joseph Reuben – NYC based British composer, producer and artist (& not to mention incredibly stylish.) 

Herbert managed to catch Joseph at Somerset House during London Fashion Week for a shoot with the amazing Robert Spangle (the man behind ‘Thousand Yard Style’) @thousandyardstyle and a chat to discover more about Joseph, his inspirations and of course – his music.

All photographs by Robert Spangle 

So, Joseph, I don’t really know where to start – fashion, art, film, music?  Let’s just go with ‘classical’ music – read more

Sugar Vendil

Herbert’s ‘Ones To Watch’ | Sugar Vendil

Who? Sugar Vendil

What? NYC-based pianist, multi-disciplinary artist and founder of (a badass) all-female contemporary classical group ‘The Nouveau Classical Project’ (below)

The Nouveau Classical Project ‘brings fashion to the forefront of their performances’ by showcasing the designs of up-and-coming fashion designers. Collaborations include Project Runway winner Gretchen Jones, Kempner Collection and Tanya Taylor read more

Herbert’s ‘One To Watch’ | Ilya Beshelvi

Herbert’s ‘One To Watch’ | Ilya Beshlevi

Who? Ilya Beshelvi

What? Russian composer and pianist. 

There’s not a lot of info about this guy, but he’s only 25 and he’s pretty good.

He cites Yann Tiersen and Ludovico Einaudi as inspiration. Sometimes, the Einaudi ‘inspiration’ chokes beshelvi’s sound, and some of his output is not the most inspiring, but having said that I am very excited for what he might do and I would say – one to keep a tab on.   read more

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