These world-famous musicians came in and performed exclusively for us

12 May 2017, 16:47

Nigel Kennedy live session

By Lizzie Davis

Some of the world’s best musicians have popped into the Classic FM live session studio to perform exclusively for us. Here are our favourites, from Nigel Kennedy to Lang Lang

Nicola Benedetti

The brilliant Scottish violinist demonstrates the tricky moments in Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto

Nicola Benedetti on the terrifying moments of Tchaikovsky

Which moments in the violin concerto make soloists nervous?


Nigel Kennedy at home

We caught up with the incomparable violinist at home and he gave us this exclusive session.

Nigel Kennedy plays solo Bach

The legendary violinist played some beautiful Bach just for us


Evgeny Kissin 

The world-famous pianist played a live session in Steinway & Sons in London. Here's his phenomenal Rachmaninov:

Evgeny Kissin plays Rachmaninov's Prelude in C-sharp minor

The brilliant Russian pianist played just for us


His new book, Memoirs and Reflections, is out now

The Piano Guys

The Piano Guys have made a name for themselves with their unique spin on famous pieces – here's their witty take on Bach's Cello Suites.

Solo Bach from The Piano Guys

Steven Sharp Nelson treated us to some solo Bach – with a difference


Rachel Barton Pine

As passionate about metal as Baroque music, Rachel Barton Pine played some Paganini, Brahms – and some Metallica just for us

Did you know – Brahms inspired a metal riff?

Rachel Barton Pine, equally at home with classical and metal – explains all



Lang Lang

Arguably the most famous pianist in the world, Lang Lang made some time to treat us to some live Tchaikovsky.

Lang Lang plays September from Tchaikovsky's The Seasons



Maxim Vengerov

Backstage at Buckingham Palace, the legendary Russian violinist played some Bach. As you do.

Maxim Vengerov plays solo Bach

Beautiful solo Bach, backstage at Buckingham Palace


Guy Johnston and Sheku Kanneh-Mason

Some gorgeous Baroque music for cello duo, by Barrière. Guy's new album is available to pre-order now

Guy Johnston and Sheku Kanneh-Mason play some beautiful Barrière

The two cellists played the third movement from Barrière's Sonata No.4



Kyung Wha Chung plays Bach

The legendary violinist popped in to the studio and played some stunning solo Bach, just for us.

Kyung Wha Chung plays the Prelude from Bach's Violin Partita No.3

The legendary violinist came in to the studio for a live session


Charles Owen

In the showroom at Steinway & Sons, Charles Owen played the jazziest Bach capriccio imaginable. 

Charles Owen plays a Bach capriccio

This Bach piano piece is basically jazz


Sean Shibe plays a Scottish Medley 

The guitarist treated us to some absolutely beautiful solo playing

Sean Shibe plays a Scottish Medley

The brilliant young guitarist treated us to a live session


And you can catch Sean performing his new project softLOUD at the East Neuk Festival this June – find out more here.

Tenebrae sing Stanford

Gorgeous, ethereal singing from one of our favourite choirs, tackling a sublime Stanford song - 'The Blue Bird'.

Tenebrae sing 'The Blue Bird' by Stanford

Tenebrae joined us in the Classic FM studio to sing this mesmerising Stanford song.


Wayne Marshall

We challenged Wayne Marshall to improvise on a set of well-known tunes on the massive Royal Albert Hall organ. He did *not* let us down.

Wayne Marshall plays an epic organ improvisation

You sent in the themes, he created this incredible piece


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