My Mixtape: "String Quartet No. 8," by Dmitri Shostakovich
Contemporary classical composer Sahba Aminikia came to San Francisco as a refugee. Born and raised in Iran in the '80s, he left as a young man to study music in Russia, and was a graduate student at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Sahba shares with us a tension-filled Shostakovich piece written in the '60s. He tells us how it taught him a lesson about contemporary classical music.