Margarita Balanas, Paavo Järvi
Episode 6

«Tram for Two» with Paavo Järvi and Margarita Balanas

For the sixth episode of «Tram for Two», Paavo Järvi has invited Latvian Margarita Balanas, who will be Assistant Conductor at the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich in the 2023/24 season.

Why does a successful cellist want to become a conductor? Paavo Järvi asks the question, Margarita Balanas provides the answer. Apart from that, they soon get to family topics: Both have brothers who are also musicians, but who have very different artistic tastes. And music plays a central role in both families – and not only classical music. Margarita Balanas then asks another basic question: What criteria does Paavo Järvi use to select his assistant conductors? And why are they mostly women?

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published: 05.10.2023