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One of Cincinnati Public Radio’s most ardent fans and biggest supporters is also one of the city’s most talented musicians. Michael Chertock is the pianist for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, conductor of the Blue Ash Montgomery Symphony Orchestra, and chair of the music department at the UC College-Conservatory of Music. For her final profile for Around Cincinnati, Anne Arenstein has a wide-ranging conversation with Maestro Chertock about his career and how he found his way to Cincinnati.

A Conversation With Pianist & Author Stephen Hough

Apr 3, 2020
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Stephen Hough is a talented pianist and accomplished author who has recent releases of a Brahms CD and a collection of essays on music and life. His April appearance in Cincinnati has been cancelled, but he joins Elaine Diehl by phone to talk about his new CD (Brahms: The Final Piano Pieces) and book (Rough Ideas: Reflections on Music and More).

Cincinnati Jazz Hall Of Fame Inductee Bill Cunliffe

Apr 3, 2020
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The Cincinnati Jazz Hall of Fame 2020 induction has been postponed until May or June, but the new class is an impressive lineup of local jazz legends. One of those inductees, pianist and Grammy-winning arranger Bill Cunliffe, joins Ron Esposito for a conversation about his music and career.

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Cincinnati native and acclaimed jazz pianist Fred Hersch has been nominated for a Grammy for Best Instrumental Composition for Begin Again from his album of the same name. He's on the phone with our Ron Esposito to talk about this album and being nominated (again) for a Grammy.

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The story of gifted young pianist Benjamin Carlson-Berne and how his untimely passing led to the creation of a memorial scholarship fund in his name is recounted in this conversation between Ben's mother, Susan Carlson, and our Elaine Diehl. There is a fundraising concert featuring acclaimed pianist Terrence Wilson taking place January 12 at the School for Creative and Performing Arts.

Of all the renowned musicians from Cincinnati, are you familiar with jazz pianist Charlie Alexander

There’s a hot young pianist on the scene whom local piano legend Ricky Nye has been praising for some time now. He’s Ben Levin and according to his website he’s been playing piano since he was eight, then hooked up with Ricky Nye.

He's a Cincinnati native and one of the most acclaimed jazz musicians of this era. 

He's got a new CD (Open Book) and memoir (Good Things Happen Slowly: A Life In and Out of Jazz), and will be back in his hometown for the upcoming Books by the Banks Cincinnati Regional Book Festival on October 28. Fred Hersch joins our Ron Esposito to talk about his life, his health and his music.

A New Concert Series From Pianist Phil DeGreg

Sep 2, 2016

Local jazz pianist Phil DeGreg is organizing a series of seven intimate concerts featuring a wide range of themes from Brazilian music to The Beatles to the late Kenny Poole. 

Jazz pianist Roy Meriweather has re-released his 1975 album Nubian Lady (originally called Live) which was recorded in 1973 at The Magic Carpet in Dayton, Ohio.

Phil DeGreg's concert tonight at CCM has been postponed (email from him a few minutes ago):

I am really sorry to have to make this notification and to intrude into your email inbox, but due to the fact that the University of Cincinnati has officially closed today through midnight because of inclement weather, my retirement celebration concert at Patricia Corbett Theatre this evening has been cancelled. I hope that I will have the opportunity to reschedule it some time, and certainly will send out word.   Thanks for your support.   Phil DeGreg

Phil DeGreg is an acclaimed local jazz pianist and professor at UC’s CCM. For his upcoming Faculty Artist Series concert, he will feature all music he has written, performed by him and a group of talented guest artists. He talks about this free, one-night only event (Tuesday, February 17) with our Robyn Carey-Allgeyer.

He’s a well-respected classical pianist and the host of NPR’s From the Top, heard locally Saturday mornings at 9am on 90.9 WGUC. Christopher O’Riley joins our David Lewis to discuss his long-running radio program and preview his September 28 performance as part of the Xavier University Music Series.

The amazing story of pianist Leon Fleisher

Mar 29, 2013

Leon Fleisher is an acclaimed pianist who has overcome some debilitating odds to continue performing at a peak level. Before he comes to town to perform with the Linton Chamber Music Series, our Suzanne Bona speaks with him about his career and the paralysis that nearly ended it.


The Benjamin Carlson-Berne Memorial Scholarship was established to provide instrumental music lessons for underserved youth in the Cincinnati community. To raise funds, they will host a benefit concert on February 1 with acclaimed pianist Terrence Wilson. Susan Carlson joins Brian O’Donnell to talk about how this scholarship program came to be and details on this concert at the School for Creative and Performing Arts.