Mathieu Karsenti, composer

Find out who you are creatively as an artist and don’t think about fitting in. Go deep within yourself because that’s the only way you will create something that’s true to you.

Katia and Marielle Labèque, pianists 

Never believe you’ve reached the pinnacle of success!

Hauschka, composer

I compose contemporary music with a tonal and experimental approach. I treat sound and melody equally, and for some pieces you could even say they are a kind of sound-sculpture.

Clare Hammond, pianist

Who or what inspired you to take up the piano, and make it your career? That visceral excitement that you get listening to a live performance. I felt transported to another realm and was determined that when I grew up I would be able to inspire this in an audience. Who or what were the…

William Vann, conductor

Who or what inspired you to take up conducting and pursue a career in music? Between the ages of 10 and 12 I was a chorister at King’s College, Cambridge under Stephen Cleobury. The musical education I received there was like no other. When we performed Bach’s St Matthew Passion in 1994 and I heard…

Nelly Akopian-Tamarina, pianist

Who or what inspired you to take up the piano, and pursue a career in music? Both my parents were musical. My mother would take me to opera and ballet at the Bolshoi. My father would read me Pushkin and dabble in Bach. But it was my mother principally who single-handedly executed her vision and…