TEDx may be known for talks, but — every day — organizers of TEDx events all over the world search for and highlight the creative and artistic talent within their communities. Below, three classical music performances from TEDx events that will prep your brain for ideas worth spreading.
1. The Fine Arts Center of Greenville County’s Classical Quintet at TEDxGreenville
This five-piece made of some very talented high schoolers will make you feel like you’ve traveled back in time to a Viennese coffee house or maybe just into a BBC adaptation of a Jane Austen novel. Watch and enjoy and wonder why you didn’t stick with those piano lessons.
2. Pianist Nikolay Kuznetsov at TEDxSadovoeRing
Prize-winning pianist Nikolay Kuznetsov performs Scherzo No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 31 by Frédéric Chopin. Says TEDxSadovoeRing: “The work was composed and published in 1837, and was dedicated to Countess Adèle Fürstenstein. Schumann compared this scherzo to a Byronic poem, ‘so overflowing with tenderness, boldness, love and contempt.’” A beautiful performance, for sure.
3. Guitarist Svanur Vilbergsson at TEDxReykjavík
Icelandic guitar virtuoso Svanur Vilbergsson has been honored by the Cultural Council of Iceland and has played all over the world, on and far from his home island. At TEDxReykjavík, he plays “Allegro from Sonatina Moreno-Torroba,” in a performance full of warmth and artistry.
Bonus: Digital cellist Gideon Freudmann at TEDxConcordiaUPortland
At TEDxConcordiaUPortland, Gideon Freudmann plays his unique brand of cello music, blending classical, modern, jazz, Eastern European and blues traditions. Check it out if you like Andrew Bird (whose TED performance you can watch here), Ben Sollee, or the digital cello.