Pianist Katie Mahan 

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The artists who visited the Performance Studio in 2015 created hours of exclusive recordings and video for CPR Classical's listeners.

The studio hosted musicians from around the world who stopped by during their tours to play spine-tingling chamber music. Contemporary artists whose music stretches the boundaries of classical music recorded memorable sessions. And numerous Colorado musicians gave us a taste of why they've developed strong regional followings.

Check out 15 of our favorite Performance Studio videos of 2015 below, and listen to Colorado Spotlight weeknights at 7 p.m. from Jan. 1-8 to hear more highlights recorded this year at CPR.

Roomful of Teeth 

The vocal octet performed music from member Caroline Shaw's Partita for Eight Voices and talked with us before their concert at Denver's Newman Center. See the full session.

Roomful of Teeth performs "Passacaglia" by Caroline Shaw live in the CPR Performance Studio on March 9, 2015. It's the fourth movement in Shaw's Pulitzer Prize-winning Partita for Eight Voices.

Zuill Bailey  

The cellist played a gorgeous take on Max Bruch's "Kol Nidrei" during his session

Cellist Zuill Bailey, accompanied by Boulder Philharmonic Music Director Michael Butterman on piano, performs "Kol Nidrei" by Max Bruch in the CPR Performance Studio. Recorded April 23, 2015.

Trio Con Brio Copenhagen

The piano trio spoke with David Rutherford and performed music by Felix Mendelssohn and Anton Arensky during their session.

Trio con Brio Copenhagen plays Felix Mendelssohn's Piano Trio No. 2, First movement, in the CPR Performance Studio on March 31, 2015.

Carpe Diem String Quartet

A highlight of the quartet's session came from composer Korine Fujiwara, the ensemble's violist. The quartet performed movements from Fujiwara's piece "Fiddle Suite: Montana," inspired by her childhood in the Treasure State. Fujiwara also shared the story behind a violin concerto she wrote for the quartet's first violinist, Charles Wetherbee.

The Carpe Diem String Quartet plays "Cherry Blossom" and "Peasebottom," two movements from Korine Fujiwara's "Fiddle Suite: Montana"  in the CPR Performance Studio. 

Victor Wooten

The electric bass virtuoso played his composition "The Lesson" at CPR while in Denver to perform a unique electric bass concerto with the Colorado Symphony. Wooten and Conni Ellisor, his co-composer on the concerto, also talked to Colorado Matters about the project.

Electric bassist Victor Wooten plays his song "The Lesson" in the CPR Performance Studio. Wooten was in Denver to perform a unique bass guitar concerto with the Colorado Symphony. Recorded May 7, 2015.

Katie Mahan

The pianist gave a stunning full performance of Claude Debussy's "Estampes," demonstrating the beauty and subtlety in the piece's three movements.

Pianist Katie Mahan plays Claude Debussy's "Estampes." Recorded March 17, 2015, in the CPR Performance Studio.

David Requiro

The cellist visited CPR shortly after joining the music faculty at the University of Colorado. He shared a lyrical excerpt from Johannes Brahms' Second Cello Sonata.

Cellist David Requiro, accompanied by pianist Margaret McDonald, plays the second movement of Johannes Brahms' Cello Sonata No.2. Recorded Nov. 4, 2015, in the CPR Performance Studio.

So Percussion

The score for percussionist Jason Treuting's composition "Amid the Noise" doesn't specify which instruments should be used in performance. When So Percussion played one of the movements during their session in March, they took a unique approach: popping the lid off the grand piano in the CPR Performance Studio and treating the insides like percussion instruments.

So Percussion plays the "September" movement from member Jason Treuting's composition "Amid the Noise" in the CPR Performance Studio. Recorded March 19, 2015.

Alessio Bax

The pianist thrilled listeners when he performed Aleksandr Scriabin's Prelude for the Left Hand. View more from the session.

Pianist Alessio Bax Plays Scriabin's Prelude for Left Hand in the CPR Performance Studio. Recorded Sept. 17, 2015.

Zachary Carrettin

Carrettin, a violinist and the director of the Boulder Bach Festival, reworked J.S. Bach's beloved Cello Suites for electric violin. Watch the full session. 

Zachary Carrettin, electric violin: J.S. Bach "Bouree I-II" (fifth movement) from Cello Suite No. 3 in C major. Recorded Feb. 3, 2015, in the CPR Performance Studio.


The men's vocal ensemble asked several composers to write music that explored different ideas about love, and brought the results to the CPR Performance Studio during a stop on the group's concert tour.

The vocal ensemble Cantus performs "Tango With God" by Ysaye Barnwell, with text by Thomas Merton. Recorded Sept. 17, 2015, in the CPR Performance Studio.

Tracy Silverman

The electric violin virtuoso played music inspired by an Henri Matisse painting and talked about his career with CPR Classical. 

The electric violin virtuoso uses electronic looping pedals to perform a highlight from his composition "Between the Kiss and the Chaos." Recorded April 23, 2015, in the CPR Performance Studio

Colorado Chamber Players

The musicians shared a memorable performance of music from Johannes Brahms' String Sextet No. 2. 

Colorado Chamber Players perform Johannes Brahms' String Sextet No. 2, 2nd movement, in the CPR Performance Studio. Recorded May 6, 2015.

Bruce Adolphe and Emily Ondracek-Peterson

Composer Bruce Adolphe and violinist Emily Ondracek-Peterson treated listeners to a preview of music from the film "Einstein's Light" as well as a fascinating discussion about how Albert Einstein found inspiration in music.

Composer/pianist Bruce Adolphe and violinist Emily Ondracek Peterson perform "Einstein's Harmonic Mind" from Adolphe's score for the film "Einstein's Light" in the CPR Performance Studio on Feb. 12, 2015.

Jake Schepps Quintet

The banjo player asked contemporary composers to write music for his five-piece bluegrass ensemble, then performed highlights at CPR and talked with Colorado Matters about the project. 

The Jake Schepps Quintet performs the "Herringbone" movement from "Flatiron" by composer Marc Mellits in the CPR Performance Studio. Recorded Feb. 25, 2015.