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Stand Partners for Life

Nathan Cole and Akiko Tarumoto
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Violinists (and husband and wife) Nathan Cole and Akiko Tarumoto give you an inside look at performing with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Each week brings new repertoire, conductors, soloists… and new stories from their life-long love affair with classical music, the violin, and their family.


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Latest Episodes

Shostakovich had never had it worse: his latest opera, Lady Macbeth, had been panned. And not just by an ordinary critic: Joseph Stalin himself had paid a visit to the opera house. The official Soviet opinion of the work? “Muddle instead of music.” more

10 months ago

Have you ever “discovered” a major piece, live, in the concert hall? Nathan remembers sitting right next to a big star performing Prokofiev’s second Piano Concerto, with its massive and breathtaking first-movement cadenza. Then he and Akiko talk abou... more

10 months ago

This week’s landmark episode marks the return of Akiko, plus a pair of fellow stand partners for life: violists Kate Reddish and Eric Lea! We discuss the slings and arrows of a career in music, what you can and can’t get from music school, what it’s... more

10 months ago


4.9 out of 5 stars from 295 ratings
  • Great insights

    As an amateur musician I really enjoy the insights this podcast gives about the life of professional musicians.

    Apple Podcasts
    Mel MacG
    United Kingdom9 months ago
  • Secrets of the Symphony!

    A wonderful insider’s perspective of life as a professional musician shared by this phenomenal husband and wife duo, both violinists in the LA Phil. Nathan’s organized, logical approach is well-balanced by Akiko’s hilarious, dry sense of humor. One suggestion to make this great podcast even better: would it be possible to interweave relevant musical excerpts into the background? For example, during the discussion of “goosebump moments,” how cool would it be if we could hear that same orchestral ... more

    Apple Podcasts
    United Statesa year ago
  • So glad it’s coming back

    Nathan and Akiko are a delight to listen to, and I look forward to the upcoming season learning more about their lives as violinists!

    Apple Podcasts
    United Statesa year ago
  • This is a wonderful podcast. Highly recommended!

    If you have any interest in how an American symphony orchestra works this is the podcast for you. They are wonderfully reasonable and candid about the life of a symphony player. Highly recommended!

    Apple Podcasts
    United Statesa year ago
  • Practice

    I love listening to these while I'm at work, thank you for making them! more

    Apple Podcasts
    United States2 years ago

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