12 artists explain how they got through Covid

12 artists explain how they got through Covid


norman lebrecht

April 29, 2022

In a special edition of Living the Classical Life, Zsolt Bognar extracts life lessons from the likes of Lisa Batiashvili, Julia Fischer, Karen Gomyo, Bejun Mehta, Emanuel Pahud and Christian Gerhaher, who happens to be a trained physician.

A really fascinating and worthwhile set of conversations.


  • M McAlpine says:

    How they got through covid? Like we all did.

    • John Borstlap says:

      No, great artists are suffering in a much more refined, meaningful and beautiful way, because of their more differentiated and sensitive nervous system, careful upbringing, and pertinent avoidance of stimuli which might unbalance an inner life dedicated to beautifying the world for us, normal mortals who merely suffer in a raw, undifferentiated and meaningless way.

  • anmarie says:

    Many, many thanks to Zsolt Bognar for this fascinating series!

  • Terence says:

    Rebecca Chan the associate leader of the Philharmonia (UK) is also a qualified doctor.

    I especially enjoyed her chamber music performances.

  • John Borstlap says:

    The picture shows how discussions about vaccination have been conducted within most families.