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Daniel Oren

WITHOUT EMOTIONS THERE IS NO MUSIC. The internationally acclaimed conductor Daniel Oren was born in Jaffa, Israel in 1955.  He came to prominence in 1975 when he won first prize in the Herbert von Karajan International Competition for Conductors in Berlin.  Since then...

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Oleg Caetani

THE CONDUCTOR WHO DOESN'T LIKE POWER. Oleg Caetani, one of the greatest conductors of his generation, works freelance and loves both symphonic and opera repertoire. Shostakovich’s music has a central role in his work, and Caetani has a particularly close relationship...

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Xavier Bray

LONDON'S HIDDEN GEM. Dr Xavier Bray is the Director of the Wallace Collection, an internationally outstanding museum in central London which contains unsurpassed masterpieces of paintings, sculpture, furniture, arms and armour and porcelain.Dr Bray, you are a renowned...

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Paddy McKillen

REINVENTING LONDON'S LEGENDARY LUXURY HOSPITALITY. International entrepreneur Paddy McKillen has a passion for the hospitality business and property development.  In 2004 he was part of a group that bought four of London’s 5 star hotels: Claridge’s, The Berkeley, The...

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Axel Vervoordt

AN ENDLESS SEARCH FOR BEAUTY. Axel Vervoordt is a Belgian designer, collector and curator with a global clientele.  He has a deep respect for everything that is authentic.  His two sons head five distinctive family businesses: Boris leads arts and antiques, the...

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Marianne Faithfull

FOLLOWING THE GYPSY FAERIE QUEENE. My interview with Marianne took place in her flat on the Boulevard du Montparnasse in Paris on a lovely autumn day. Can you tell me something about your new record, Negative Capability? I always write about what’s going at the time,...

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Thierry Boutemy

SHARING EXCEPTIONAL MOMENTS. Thierry Boutemy is a florist based in Brussels, whose ingenious, innocent and precise work derives from a spontaneous creativity inspired by his childhood.  Thierry Boutemy is known for the naturalistic craft and beauty of his seasonal...

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Jean Doumanian

The producer Jean Doumanian is the founder of Jean Doumanian Productions, an Academy Award and Golden Globe nominated, and Tony Award winning, film, television and theatrical production company. You recently produced the film “Una”. The premiere will be in London in...

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Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni

Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni is the author of Sam Spiegel, Tino Zervudachi, Loulou de la Falaise, Monsieur Dior, BiYan and Vogue on Yves Saint Laurent. Fraser-Cavassoni was the European Editor for Harper’s Bazaar from 1999-2004 after serving as a staff member and...

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Gianandrea Noseda

We have scrambled eggs with the conductor Gianandrea Noseda in the Lincoln Center restaurant.  Noseda is a tall man with an athletic look and he has very polite manners. Live from the Met. “I am in New York to conduct the new production of Prince Igor by Borodin and I...

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Anita Pallenberg

Anita Pallenberg is an actress, model, and fashion designer. Born in Italy in 1944 she was the partner of the Rolling Stones’ guitarist Brian Jones and then the partner of Keith Richards. Anita, you have worked in the worlds of cinema, music and fashion. Would you...

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Dante Ferretti

"Dantino, what did you dream last night?" Dante Ferretti is an Italian production designer, art director and costume designer. Throughout his career he has worked with many great directors, both American and Italian, including Pier Paolo Pasolini, Federico Fellini,...

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Benjamin Clementine

The Englishman from Paris. A rising star. Benjamin Clementine is a Mercury Prize-winning pianist, poet, singer and songwriter. He was recently featured on the cover of T, The New York Times Style Magazine. Benjamin, when did you discover that you were a poet and a...

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Norman Rosenthal

Sir Norman Rosenthal is an independent curator and art historian. How long have you been living in London’s Soho for? First I lived in St. James’s, and then I moved here in 1989 when I got married. Did you know Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud? They came to the Colony...

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Money Must Stay in the Family

The plot of Money Must Stay in the Family, unfolds around the family matriarch’s last will and traces the story of an upper class Jewish family from Turin, the fictional Ottolenghis. The multigenerational saga begins with the flight from Mussolini’s Racial Laws of 1938 and continues with the arrival in the Upper West Side of Manhattan and the dispersion from New York to Rome, Paris, Tuscany, South America, and Jerusalem.


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