Helen Grime, composer

Each commission has its own challenges, this may be linked to a brief. It often feels like you have to learn composing anew for each piece and that’s tough

Michael Fine, composer & producer

Take time to discover your own voice. Keep striving to find the truth in the music you play. Keep your love for the music.

J P Jofre, composer and bandoneon player

Who or what inspired you to pursue a career in music? I always felt the need to be connected with music. Like air, like water, like something basic, yet special as a way of expressing my feelings. The first time I saw a symphony, I realized I wanted to be immersed in that world. Then…

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.

Kit Downes, composer, pianist and organist

Who or what inspired you to pursue a career in music? I started playing organ and piano quite young, and sung in a choir when I was at school. This was very inspiring as we would get to perform new choral music by people like Arvo Part and John Taverner, as well as singing through…

Florian Christl, composer & pianist

Who or what inspired you to take up composing, and pursue a career in music? The pure fascination for music, and the piano. It’s been 21 years, but I still can remember the fascination I felt after my first piano lesson. On that day I found my big passion, and I immediately knew: “that is…