Violinist Lara St. John was once described as having "a controversial sense of fun." Billy Kass hide caption

itoggle caption Billy Kass

Conductor Charles Mackerras in the '70s. Erich Auerbach / Hulton Archive / Getty Images hide caption

itoggle caption Erich Auerbach / Hulton Archive / Getty Images

Conductor Charles Mackerras, photographed in 1974, will be remembered for rebuilding the reputation of Czech composer Leos Janacek. Getty Images hide caption

itoggle caption Getty Images
May-Ying Lam/NPR

Tenor Enrico Caruso, circa 1910, in the lead role in Leoncavallo's opera I Pagliacci (The Clowns). Getty Images hide caption

itoggle caption Getty Images

The Emerson Quartet's latest passion is the late string quartets by Dvorak. Lisa-Marie Mazzucco hide caption

itoggle caption Lisa-Marie Mazzucco

Daniel Bjarnason, from Iceland, is among a new crop of young composers equally conversant in classical and popular music. Bedroom Community Records hide caption

itoggle caption Bedroom Community Records

Composer Jennifer Higdon's Violin Concerto is this year's Pultizer Prize winner for music. Candace DiCarlo hide caption

itoggle caption Candace DiCarlo

The Kronos Quartet's latest cross-cultural exploration finds the band collaborating with master musicians from Afghanistan and Azerbaijan. Jay Blakesberg. hide caption

itoggle caption Jay Blakesberg.