Brian Lauritzen has been Salastina’s Resident Host and musical docent since the 2012/2013 season. A DJ for Classical KUSC, he is the producer and host of the station’s nationwide concert broadcasts of the Los Angeles Philharmonic as well as KUSC’s weekly arts magazine Arts Alive and the early music program Baroque & Beyond. Additionally, Brian writes and produces features for KUSC’s more than 50 concert broadcasts each year including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Opera, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Master Chorale, and Piano Spheres. His work as part of these series has been broadcast internationally by NPR, American Public Media, and the WFMT Radio Network.
During his tenure at Classical KUSC, Brian has interviewed dozens of top classical musicians and artists. Among them: Gustavo Dudamel, Itzhak Perlman, Dawn Upshaw, Valery Gergiev, Placido Domingo, John Adams, and many others. Brian is also the host of several critically acclaimed podcasts: Behind the Curtain at LA Opera, the LA Chamber Orchestra podcasts, and Concrete Voices—real stories from the streets of Hollywood. He got his start in classical radio at WSMC in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where he served as Head Announcer and Music Director.
When he’s not in the studio, you can often find Brian careening down snowy slopes (on skis–never a snowboard); chasing an errant serve (his own) outside a tennis court; or swinging his sand wedge wildly from the fairway bunker. He’s also a passionate lifelong Minnesota Twins fan and quickly learned to love the Dodgers as his National League team.