Episode 27: Covid Conversations #4: Orchestral Musicians – Cleveland Orchestra Cellist Mark Kosower and Berlin Philharmonic Violist Matthew Hunter

This episode of Covid Conversations, a podcast series from the OSU Center of Folklore Studies, features two world-class musicians from two of the world’s greatest orchestras about their approaches to live-streamed performances and concerns regarding hand sanitizer with respect to their musicianship and instruments.

Host Rachel Hopkin is joined by Mark Kosower, Principal Cello with the Cleveland Orchestra, and Matthew Hunter, violist with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition to playing with their respective orchestras, both Mark and Matthew perform as soloists and chamber ensemble players and are teachers.

Kosower is Principal Cello with the Cleveland Orchestra. He has been with the orchestra since 2010. Learn more about Kosower at https://www.clevelandorchestra.com/discover/meet-the-musicians/cellos/kosower-mark/, and listen to some of his online performances, on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiTBAKeujunlSKDdRIyfbHw and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100008328842166.

Hunter is a violist with the Berlin Philharmonic. He has lived in Germany for 25 years, but he was born in Ohio and spent some years working in the state after growing up in Massachusetts. Learn more about Hunter at https://www.berliner-philharmoniker.de/en/orchestra/musician/matthew-hunter/.

For more information about the Cleveland and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestras, including their online concert programming, please visit https://www.clevelandorchestra.com and https://www.berliner-philharmoniker.de/en/.

Covid Conversations is a podcast series from the Center for Folklore Studies at the Ohio State University in which artists and humanities professionals from Ohio and their counterparts elsewhere in the world discuss how their lives and work have been affected by the Coronavirus pandemic.

The series is funded by an OSU Global Arts and Humanities Discovery Theme grant and distributed by Ohio Humanities. It is produced and presented by radio producer and folklorist Rachel Hopkin and mastered by Paul Kotheimer at OSU.

Music for this podcast is provided by Pixabay.

For more about the Center for Folklore Studies, where the full recordings of each episode will be archived along with contextual information about each episode, please visit cfs.osu.edu.

To learn more about Ohio Humanities podcasts and other projects and programs, please visit ohiohumanities.org.

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