A tale of two maestro brothers – on the Lebrecht Interview tonight

A tale of two maestro brothers – on the Lebrecht Interview tonight


norman lebrecht

July 18, 2011

The new series of Lebrecht Interviews kicks off tonight on BBC Radio 3 with a head-to-head with Semyon Bychkov, a conductor who rejected the traditional career route and is now one of the most sought-after in his profession.

Raised in tough conditions in Leningrad, he describes the contradictions of the Soviet system without bitterness, followed by the camaraderie of musical exiles when he left the country penniless, his family held behind.

Bychkov also talks for the first time about the difficult relationship with his brother Yakov Kreizberg, who died earlier this year.

It’s tonight at 2145 UK time after the Prom concert, and streamed online here for a week.


  • Semyon Bychkov was our music director here in Buffalo and we got such a kick out of him. I got to interview him a couple of times since then and he was so charming — also I know what you mean about how is is obsessive about music — I love that about him. Can’t wait to hear the interview. I will get word out about it on The Buffalo News’ Web site.

  • Marie Lamb says:

    Thanks for the heads-up; it is going on the WCNY blog in just a moment, too!

  • mhtetzel says:

    Wonderful interview. For me your interviews are one of the highlights of the Proms.

  • Marie Lamb says:

    Listening to it right now at work…quite a candid interview! Terrific start to the season.