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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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Karim Sulayman, Raha Mirzadegan, Coral Dolphin and John Taylor Ward perform in Unholy Wars in Charleston, S.C., in May. William Struhs/Spoleto Festival USA hide caption

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An Arab American singer reframes music about the Crusades

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Tenor Jamez McCorkle, who debuted the title role in the opera Omar, by Rhiannon Giddens and Michael Abels, which received its world premiere on May 27 in Charleston, S.C., at Spoleto Festival USA. Leigh Webber/Courtesy of Spoleto Festival USA hide caption

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The debut of 'Omar,' a thoroughly American opera

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Actor Johnny Depp waves to the gallery as he leaves for a break Monday during his defamation trial in Fairfax, Va. against his ex-wife, Amber Heard. Steve Helber/Pool/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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On social media, Johnny Depp is winning public sympathy over Amber Heard

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Indian musician and composer Shivkumar Sharman playing a concert in Pune, India, in 2009. Sharma died Tuesday at age 84. Prasad Gori/Hindustan Times/Getty Images hide caption

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An intimate look at Jean-Michel Basquiat's art, courtesy of his family

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Ukrainian band DakhaBrakha delivers an urgent message to U.S. audiences

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Art Rupe, influential early rock recording executive, has died at 104

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Workshop participants learn to create pysanky, or Ukrainian-style decorated eggs, at a workshop in Troy, N.Y. on Mar. 21. Psyanky for Peace hide caption

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These intricately decorated eggs are raising money and good wishes for Ukraine

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Our 2022 Grammys Recap

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