John Metcalfe, composer

Who or what inspired you to pursue a career in music? I got paid 2p at primary school by Vicky Sinden to play the opening bars of ‘The Entertainer’ which meant I could buy a bun at break time. That and ‘Computer World’ by Kraftwerk. Who or what have been the most important influences on…

Haley Myles, pianist

Everything is connected. Work on your inner world and this will reflect in your music.

Christian Clemens Poetzsch, composer-pianist-producer

Who or what inspired you to pursue a career in music? At the age of 10, after 4 years of practising classical etudes on the piano, I started to improvise and write down little tunes for the first time. It was so fascinating for me to build these little musical worlds – I knew instantly…

Amit Peled, cellist

Who or what inspired you to take up the cello, and pursue a career in music? I grew up in a tiny kibbutz in Israel and in 4th grade we were all “forced” to take up a musical instrument. As a basketball player this was the last thing on my mind… Luckily there was a…

Jeroen Elfferich, pianist & composer

Who or what inspired you to take up composing, and pursue a career in music? Early 80s bands like The Talking Heads, The Cure, The Comsat Angels etc. Who or what were the most significant influences on your musical life and career as a composer? Those early 80s bands but also Robert Fripp, Keith Emerson…

Mel Mercier, composer

Who or what inspired you to take up composing, and pursue a career in music? My father Peadar Mercier played the Irish percussion instruments, the bodhrán (drum) and the rhythm bones, and I learned to play from him when I was a young boy. He was a member of the Irish traditional music group The…