One Symphony with Devin Patrick Hughes

One Symphony with Devin Patrick Hughes

A podcast that explores classical music’s relevance in our modern lives. Conductor Devin Patrick Hughes will share with you stories and conversations with musicians, composers, and artistic entrepreneurs that aim to unite us into one symphonic world. New episodes every other Monday.


February 19, 2024 47 mins

In an in-depth interview, Devin Patrick Hughes speaks with former ITN journalist, ClassicFM host, and biographer John Suchet discusses his transition from journalism to classical music as a career because of his connection to Tchaikovsky's music. He shares his initial love for Tchaikovsky's melodies, developing an understanding of music through learning jazz trombone, and his eventual passion for writing about classical music compo...

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In this insightful discussion, Devin Patrick Hughes is joined by Eric Booth, a lifelong teaching artist, elaborates on his experiences with teaching artistry and its importance in bridging the gap between classical music and broader audiences. Booth shares his perspective on what constitutes a teaching artist, emphasizing that their role extends beyond teaching a specific art form to activating the creative abilities in others. He ...

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Celebrated composer Chen Yi shares her life's journey with host Devin Patrick Hughes. Chen Yi touches upon her roots in China, how classical music came into her life due to her music-loving parents, and the experience of living through the Cultural Revolution. She credits her upbringing and early life experiences for shaping her perspective towards education, community service, and music. Chen Yi moved to Beijing after the Cultural...

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Conductor Devin Patrick Hughes is joined by the remarkable violin virtuoso Rachel Barton Pine on One Symphony. Dive into Rachel's intriguing blend of genres from her early beginnings with the violin and her Chicago Symphony debut, to her exploration of heavy metal and traditional fiddling styles. Rachel shares how experience with modern composers enhances her interpretation of historical pieces, and dishes about her exhilarating ex...

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September 25, 2023 33 mins

Devin welcomes Internationally-acclaimed guitar virtuoso Trace Bundy, who's music is poetry in motion, using harmonics, looping, multiple capos, and his unique banter and stage presence to deliver an unforgettable live concert experience. Seeing the fan-dubbed "Acoustic Ninja" play live confounds even the most accomplished music lovers as to how one person can do all that with just two hands and ten fingers.

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As an advocate of historically marginalized composers, musicologist Douglas Shadle is a leading voice in public discussions about the role of symphony orchestras and orchestral music in American life. On the latest episode of ONE SYMPHONY, we discuss his latest book, Antonin Dvorak's New World Symphony (Oxford, 2021), as well as his first book, Orchestrating the Nation: The Nineteenth-Century American Symphonic Enterp...

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Jeffrey Nytch joins conductor Devin Patrick Hughes on One Symphony. Jeffrey has built a diverse career as a composer, educator, performer, and thought leader in arts entrepreneurship. His music has been performed at major venues throughout the U.S. and Europe, including Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, MoMA, and many others.

His international reputation as an arts entrepreneurship educator includes numerou...

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Norwegian violinist Eldbjørg Hemsing, who joins Devin Patrick Hughes on One Symphony, seeks to introduce classical music to new audiences all over the world. She has recorded three award-winning albums, premièred several highly acclaimed new compositions and appears in the world’s most celebrated concert halls, including Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, and the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing. Sh...

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PETER BOYER is one of the most frequently performed American orchestral composers of his generation, joins Devin Patrick Hughes on One Symphony. He’s conducted and been commissioned by ensembles around the world including the London Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Kennedy Center for the National Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Pops, Cincinnati Pops, and “The Presid...

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January 23, 2023 40 mins

American composer Michael Torke joins conductor Devin Patrick Hughes on One Symphony. Michael Torke's music has been hailed as "some of the most optimistic, joyful and thoroughly uplifting music to appear in recent years" by Gramophone, and the composer has been commissioned by such orchestras as The Philadelphia Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, and the San Francisco Symphony; and  by ballet and opera companies a...

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January 9, 2023 57 mins

Vitaliy Katsenelson joins Devin Patrick Hughes on One Symphony. He was born in Murmansk, USSR, and immigrated to the United States with his family in 1991. Vitaliy became CEO of Investment Management Associates in 2012 and has written two books on investing and for publications including Financial Times, Barron’s, Institutional Investor and Foreign Policy. Vitaliy’s articles can also be found at and...

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December 24, 2022 31 mins

Go behind the scenes with conductor Devin Patrick Hughes as we take a historical, musical, and cultural tour through one of the greatest works of art of the 19th century, the Nutcracker!

Who did Tchaikovsky collaborate with?

What were some of his inspirations to write the Nutcracker?

Did Tchaikovsky enjoy writing the Nutcracker?

How did he work with the choreogra...

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December 1, 2022 30 mins

The holidays are a great time to catch up on all our favorite movies, and many of these films wouldn’t enjoy the popularity they do without their amazing soundtracks! Today on One Symphony, we want to share with you some of our Holiday Film Score favorites! Join conductor Devin Patrick Hughes as he explores some classical films scores including Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas from Meet Me in St. Louis, Gremlins...

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October 10, 2022 56 mins

Composer Jeff Beal, a musician with a genre-defying dramatic fluidity joins conductor Devin Patrick Hughes on One Symphony. His film scores have received critical acclaim, while he remains active and relevant in the concert, theater, and dance worlds. Jeff’s evocative score and theme for House of Cards received four Emmy Award nominations, and recently won for outstanding score, bringing Beal’s Emmy tally to fifteen n...

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September 21, 2022 49 mins

Devin Patrick Hughes is joined by Grammy-winner Jason Vieaux is described by NPR as “the most precise and soulful classical guitarist of his generation” and by HuffPost as “revitalizing the classical guitar.”

As a soloist and chamber musician for festivals like San Francisco Performances, Ravinia, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Seoul Arts Center, Shanghai Concert Hall, and featured soloist with the orchestra...

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June 13, 2022 32 mins

Devin Patrick Hughes sits down with pianist and new music pioneer Michael Mizrahi. Praised as "intrepid" (Philadelphia Inquirer), "engaging" (Houston Chronicle), and "endlessly fascinating" (WQXR New York), pianist Michael Mizrahi has won acclaim for his compelling performances of a wide-ranging repertoire and his ability to connect with audiences of all ages. He’s appeared as concerto soloist, recitalist, chamber mus...

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Conductor Devin Patrick Hughes is joined by composer Sean Friar. Friar grew up in Los Angeles, and has been described by Slate Magazine as having a sensibility that is "refreshingly new and solidly mature… and instead takes joy in the process of discovery and in the continual experience of suspense and surprise that good classical music has always championed." A winner of the Rome Prize, Friar composes for ensembles o...

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April 14, 2022 36 mins

Devin Patrick Hughes interviews Tõnu Kõrvits, an Estonian composer who’s music has been performed the world over.  

His works belong to the repertoire of the most important Estonian orchestras, choirs, and artists, and have been performed globally by groups such as the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Swedish Radio Choir, The Sixte...

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Author and scholar Laura Tunbridge and conductor Devin Patrick Hughes discuss the historical Beethoven in rehearsals, as the entrepreneur, the conductor, the early adopter of technologies, the family man, his controversial metronome markings, and the authenticity behind historically informed performance practice. Tunbridge is a Professor of Music at the University of Oxford, UK and the author of books about Robert Sch...

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Devin Patrick Hughes sits down with Conductor Robin Fountain, who is the Professor of Conducting at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music. He’s worked with orchestras around the world including the Singapore Symphony, the Louisiana Philharmonic, L’Orchestre Philharmonique Sainte Trinité (Haiti), Traverse City Symphony, and the Southwest Michigan Symphony where he transformed the orchestra’s performance level, ...

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