Being the son of the New York Philharmonic concertmastermain
The composer John Corigliano grew up in the house of the toughest violinist in the toughest town on earth.
His father was hired by Toscanini and stayed on for 26 years, through to the Bernstein era.
‘He didn’t want me to be a composer,’ says Corigliano, ‘he felt I was only dooming myself to a miserable life.’
In the latest episode of Living the Classical Life, John tells Zsolt Bognar about their complicated relationship, about losing 100 friends to Aids, about stage fright, and much else. John Corigliano turned 80 this year.
Watch the full interview: