Marina Staneva, pianist

Who or what inspired you to take up piano and pursue a career in music? I was about to start first grade in school where as an after school class I had to choose to play a musical instrument. There was an aural exam. Before I entered the room my mum said “You have to…

Gabriel Schwabe, cellist

Developing as a musician is a constant struggle with one’s own weaknesses and limitations. The process of chiseling away at these to enable your own personal sound and musical ideas to come through is incredibly satisfying to me. Every day there are small battles to be won!

Gavin Roberts, pianist

I love devising programmes for festivals such as the St Marylebone Festival where we theme everything along cultural history and our local community

Luis Tinoco, composer

self-criticism, nonconformity, the will to dare and to be curious, this last one including a true curiosity (and also respect) for other musicians’ work.

Rokas Valuntonis, pianist

I think success for a musician is finding a way to evoke emotions in your listeners. If you’re able to connect with yourself and your audience, in my opinion, you’re a successful artist.

Alistair Hinton, composer

listen to as much music of all kinds that you can, figure out from your own instincts and from that listening experience where you want to go next and never be afraid of hard work towards the end of finding your own way, whatever the cost.