Anastasia Tsioulcas Anastasia Tsioulcas is a correspondent on NPR's Culture desk.
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Anastasia Tsioulcas

Anastasia Tsioulcas

Correspondent, Culture

Anastasia Tsioulcas is a correspondent on NPR's Culture desk. She is intensely interested in the arts at the intersection of culture, politics, economics and identity, and primarily reports on music. Recently, she has extensively covered gender issues and #MeToo in the music industry, including the trial and conviction of former R&B superstar R. Kelly; backstage tumult and alleged secret deals in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations against megastar singer Plácido Domingo; and gender inequity issues at the Grammy Awards.

On happier days, Tsioulcas has celebrated the life of the late Aretha Franklin, traveled to Havana to profile musicians and dancers, revealed the hidden artistry of an Indian virtuoso who spent 60 years in her apartment and brought listeners into the creative process of composers Steve Reich and Terry Riley.

Tsioulcas was formerly a reporter and producer for NPR Music, where she covered breaking news in the music industry as well as a wide range of musical genres and artists. She has also produced episodes for NPR Music's much-lauded Tiny Desk concert series and has hosted live concerts from venues like the Metropolitan Museum of Art and New York's (Le) Poisson Rouge. She also commissioned and produced several world premieres on behalf of NPR Music, including a live event that brought together 350 musicians to debut a new work together. As a video producer, she created high-profile video shorts for NPR Music, including performances by cellist Yo-Yo Ma in a Brooklyn theatrical props warehouse and pianist Yuja Wang in an icy-cold Steinway & Sons piano factory.

Tsioulcas has also reported from north and west Africa, south Asia, and across Europe for NPR and other outlets. Prior to joining NPR in 2011, she was widely published as a writer and critic on both classical and world music, and was the North America editor for Gramophone Magazine and the classical music columnist for Billboard.

Born in Boston and based in New York, Tsioulcas is a lapsed classical violinist and violist (shoutout to all the overlooked violists!). She graduated from Barnard College, Columbia University with a B.A. in comparative religion.

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Tuesday

Swedish pop giants ABBA, shown here posing in Stockholm in 1974, have been named to the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry. Olle Lindeborg/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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ABBA, The Notorious B.I.G. and Green Day named to the National Recording Registry

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Monday

Country music star Morgan Wallen attending the CMA Awards in Nashville in November 2023. Jason Kempin/Getty Images hide caption

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Morgan Wallen arrested for throwing a chair from a rooftop bar in Nashville

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Actor Jonathan Majors arriving in court for his sentencing Monday morning in Manhattan, accompanied by his current partner, Meagan Good. David Dee Delgado/Getty Images hide caption

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Wednesday

Actor Jonathan Majors attending the London premiere of his film Creed III in Feb. 2023, before his career imploded due to a series of abuse allegations and a court conviction in New York. Jeff Spicer/Getty Images for Warner Bros. hide caption

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Monday

On Wednesday, people looked at a Banksy mural in London which has been defaced with white paint. The artwork first appeared overnight on Sunday and was confirmed to be Banksy's work on Monday. Victoria Jones/PA Images via Getty Images hide caption

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Monday

Janice Burgess, Nickelodeon executive who created 'The Backyardigans,' dies at 72

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Thursday

A rehearsal of Émigré by the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center's David Geffen Hall on Wednesday. Adam Crane/Courtesy of the New York Philharmonic hide caption

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A story of Jewish Shanghai, told through music

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Monday

A deeper look at the representation issues Jay-Z talked about in his Grammys speech

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Taylor Swift accepts the best pop vocal album award for Midnights onstage during the 66th Grammy Awards. Kevin Winter/Getty Images for The Recording Academy hide caption

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Sunday

Taylor Swift won two awards at the 66th Grammys, including album of the year. She received that prize for a record fourth time. Earlier in the night, during her acceptance speech for the best pop vocal album Grammy for her album Midnights, Swift announced the release of her next album, The Tortured Poets Department. Kevin Winter/Getty Images for The Recording Academy hide caption

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Saturday

Singer and composer H. Sinno is bringing a site-specific opera to the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Temple of Dendur. Derrick Kakembo/The Metropolitan Museum of Art hide caption

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An ancient Egyptian temple in New York inspires a Lebanese American musician

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Monday

Vashti Harrison's Big and Dave Eggers' The Eyes and the Impossible took top honors from the American Library Assocation. Alfred A. Knopf/McSweeney's and Little, Brown and Co. hide caption

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Dave Eggers wins Newbery, Vashti Harrison wins Caldecott in 2024 kids' lit prizes

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Monday

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Bradley Cooper as Leonard Bernstein and Carey Mulligan as Felicia Montealegre in Maestro. Jason McDonald/Netflix hide caption

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Tuesday

Marvel drops Jonathan Majors following assault and harassment conviction

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Monday

Jonathan Majors enters a courtroom at the Manhattan criminal courts in New York on Dec. 18, 2023. Seth Wenig/AP hide caption

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Jonathan Majors convicted in split verdict, dropped from Marvel

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Thursday

Wednesday

Beyoncé performs during the MTV Video Music Awards in August 2014, at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif. Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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10 years later, the 'Beyoncé' surprise drop still offers lessons about control

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Tuesday

Tuesday

Brenda Lee attends the CMA Awards at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on Nov. 8. Her holiday hit "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" has reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, 65 years after its debut. Jason Kempin/Getty Images hide caption

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Wednesday

Costume designer William Ivey Long in New York City in 2016. Long is currently facing a civil lawsuit accusing him of sexual assault. Theo Wargo/Getty Images hide caption

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Bradley Cooper as Leonard Bernstein and and Carey Mulligan as Felicia Montealegre in Maestro. Jason McDonald/Netflix hide caption

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'Maestro' chronicles the brilliant Bernstein — and his disorderly conduct

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