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Dina interviews actors, musicians, world leaders and other celebrities.

Isang Enders, world renowned cellist, will do for Cello what Yundi and Lang Lang did for piano. The classical world has its new superstar.

An Interview with World Renowned Cellist Isang Enders

Interview with World Renowned Cellist Isang Enders It was a little over a year ago when I first discovered a young cellist by the name of Isang Enders playing Bach’s Cello Suites and speaking about his relationship with these works. (Watch Isang Enders on Youtube). Certain
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Dave Liang

DAVE LIANG DOB: January 6 Birthplace: Kansas Ethnicity: Chinese Occupation: Musician and Producer Residence: New York Photo Above by Zhuang Yan “My parents were paying lots and lots of money for my education. The least I could do was give consideration to their recommendation as
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Kirstie Maldonado- Interview With Pentatonix’ Lead Singer

Kirstie Maldonado- Interview With Pentatonix’ Lead Singer I recently had the chance to chat with Kirstie Maldonado (bio below)- the female lead singer of the wildly popular acapella group Pentatonix. They’re about to launch a tour this February 2014 and I wanted to get Kirstie’s
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Makoto Ozone

MAKOTO OZONE DOB: March 25, 1961 Birthplace: Kobe, Japan Ethnicity: Japanese Occupation: Pianist & Composer Residence: Japan “Music has the power to connect people regardless of origin.” Dina’s Thoughts I first met Ozone backstage in his dressing room at Davies Symphony Hall (San Francisco) for
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Ray Chen

RAY CHEN DOB: March 6, 1989 Birthplace: Taiwan Ethnicity: Chinese Occupation: Violinist Residence: n/a Dina’s Thoughts I first discovered violin virtuoso Ray Chen around 2010 and was floored by the beauty of his musicality. Some have called him the “Lang Lang of violin” and while
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Sachal Vasandani

SACHAL VASANDANI DOB: n/a Birthplace: Chicago, IL Ethnicity: Indian Occupation: Jazz Singer and Songwriter Residence: New York Dina’s Thoughts When I first heard Sachal Vasandani, it was on my Frank Sinatra playlist on Pandora. His round tone and smooth voice caught my attention immediately, reminding me of a cross between
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Sarah Chang

SARAH CHANG Dina’s Thoughts Two decades ago a pint sized little Korean girl began wowing the world with her phenomenal talent and unwavering dedication to classical violin. The prodigy known as Sarah Chang was one of the first to show the world that Asian classical
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Yoshida Brothers

YOSHIDA BROTHERS DOB: 1977 and 1979 Birthplace: Hokkaido, Japan Ethnicity: Japanese Occupation: Musicians Residence: Japan Dina’s Thoughts In an era dominated by pop music, the Yoshida Brothers bring a new dimension of music to the world scene with their unique fusion of traditional Japanese shamisen
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Yuja Wang

YUJA WANG DOB: February 10, 1987 Birthplace: Beijing, China Ethnicity: Chinese Occupation: Classical Pianist Residence: New York, NY Dina’s Thoughts In a world increasingly obsessed with pop and rap music, those of us who love and were trained in classical music worry that these spectacular
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Yundi

YUNDI DOB: October 7, 1982 Birthplace: Chongqing, China Ethnicity: Chinese Occupation: Pianist Residence: Hong Kong Dina’s Thoughts With his romantic and passionate interpretations of classical music, world renowned pianist Yundi has long become the darling of Asia’s classical music aficionados. In his native China, Yundi
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