Let's Talk Off The Podium podcast features renowned and aspiring artists. The long list of guests include winners of Grammy Awards, the Pulitzer Prize, MacArthur Fellow, Rome Prize, ASCAP Awards, WOMEX Awards, & the Polar Music Prize. The mission of this podcast is to create discussion on a variety of topics in music, culture, and arts. Past guests include: Evelyn Glennie, George Walker, David Harrington (Kronos Quartet), Christian McBride, Mark O'Connor, Vijay Iyer, Diane Schuur, Øystein Baadsvik, Roger Bobo, Eugene Izotov, Martin Kuuskmann, Ran Blake, Robert Aldridge, Jaime Martin, Stephen Hartke, Melia Watras, Martin Bresnick, Robert Dick & many others.
A short while ago Tigran Arakelyan interviewed me for his Podcast. Tigran was well-prepared and articulate. His thoughtful questions helped to shape the experience in a satisfying and informative manner. I enjoyed every moment of it!
- Martin Bresnick, Professor of Composition at Yale University
I highly recommend Tigran Arakelyan’s podcast “Off the Podium”. As a guest of Mr. Arakelyan, I found him to be quite knowledgable about my work and warmly personable. His questions were perceptive and went into much more interesting musical territory than most interviews I’ve experienced. Our discussion was both substantive and enjoyable! I’d be delighted to return to “Off the Podium”.
- Robert Dick, flutist, inventor and composer. NYU Professor.
I feel very lucky and privileged to have taken part in Tigran Arakelyan's 'Off The Podium' podcasts. It was a real pleasure to be interviewed and a luxury to speak at such length, and so freely.
Tigran is a knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and patient interviewer whose curiosity about the nature of music has resulted in this extraordinary series of interesting and informative podcasts. The astonishingly wide range of musical practitioners he has now included in the series is a testament to his eclecticism and openness. I've found the series to be educational, entertaining – a true delight. - James Gardner, composer
“Tigran’s “Off The Podium” podcast was an experience I was humbled to have alongside an impressive group of contributors over the years. Sharing my story with his audience gave me an opportunity to think deeply about the ideas and perspectives I have in a field full of opportunities and challenges.” - Stanford Thompson Founder and Executive Director of Play on Philly
Tigran, that was fantastic!! Thank you SO much, you are one of the best interviewers I've ever had the pleasure of speaking with! You really get what this music is all about! - Ali Ryerson, jazz flutist
"How wonderful to have another musician, an orchestral conductor who clearly has many irons in the fire, and a long list of accomplishments in his own right, interview me about my work as a composer for multi-media. He came to our meeting refreshingly prepared, familiar with my work, and quite selfless and magnanimous in his role as interviewer. His enthusiasm for music, art and craft is inspiring." - Steve Kirk, composer
I don’t know of—in fact, can scarcely imagine—a podcast that does a better job of demystifying the classical-music business for the layman than Tigran Arakelyan’s “Off the Podium.” Informal chats with performers and composers from around the world dig deep into the profession’s challenges, secrets, and joys with Arakelyan as their passionate, provocative, and impeccably informed host.
- Gavin Borchert, Arts Writer at Seattle Times, Seattle Weekly, & Seattle Magazine
T.A. is an exceptionally thoughtful colleague and an ideal interviewer. He put me at ease and facilitated an organic conversation which allowed me to easily tell my story. I thoroughly enjoyed being a guest on his podcast!
- Byron Schenkman, harpsichordist
Tigran having had the pleasure of sharing my thoughts with you on your podcast was refreshing. Normally, I do interviews to promote something (tours, recordings, etc.) so it was a nice change of pace to speak to you without a preconceived agenda. Thank you for the opportunity !
- Alphonso Johnson from the Weather Report and Professor at U.S.C. and Cal Arts.
I thoroughly enjoyed an interesting and collegial chat with Tigran Arakelyan as part of his "Off the Podium" podcast. Mr. Arakelyan is a generous and knowledgeable advocate for music and — perhaps more important — *thought* about music. - James Romig, composer
Tigran Arakelyan is an engaging artist who brings his knowledge, insight and infectious enthusiasm to all his musical activities; whether conducting a symphony orchestra, or conducting interviews for his podcast “Off the Podium.” - Michael Nicolella, guitarist
"It was a pleasure being interviewed by Tigran Arakelyan for his “Off The Podium” post cast. He asked questions of real meaning and substance, which provide material for the listener to be both entertained and informed. He has a natural way of inviting his guests to share what they care about and it is a refreshing and positive contribution to the classical music world."
- David A. Rahbee, Director of Orchestral Activities at the University of Washington