James Lisney, pianist

Pianistically, everything remains impossibly difficult and, ultimately, relatively easy. The music of Schubert and Beethoven remain my central marker

Matthijs van Dijk, composer

Who or what inspired you to take up composing, and pursue a career in music? I come from a musical family so I think it was pretty inevitable that music is what I would end up doing… My dad (Peter Louis van Dijk) is a composer and my mom (Susi van Dijk) was a singer,…

Martin Gaughan, composer

the thing perhaps that links my compositional language is a sense of expressiveness, I feel a great need to express how I feel and think, as I am sure do all composers. I can’t, for example, work solely with serial techniques

Andrew Smith, composer

There are so many different kinds of success. I like to say that the biggest compliment a composer can receive is a good first performance. Knowing I have the motivation and desire to keep writing music means I’ve succeeded in making a good career choice. Or perhaps success is a word of appreciation after a performance, knowing that my music has made a connection.

Sergio Puccini, guitarist

Who or what inspired you to take up the guitar and pursue a career in music? Well, I started studying guitar at the age of 8.  My first approach was through popular music and after some years playing in a rock band, I started to study the classical guitar technique (at 14), My then teacher…

Konstantyn Napolov, percussionist

Who or what inspired you to pursue a career in music? It was definitely my father who first introduced me to the world of arts, although he was not an artist himself. He always has been inspired by Deep Purple, Led Zappelin, Pink Floyd and other bands from the 70s and 80s. I guess his…