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.

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…

Gary Higginson, composer

Who or what inspired you to take up composing and pursue a career in music? No one especially inspired me to take up music or to compose. I sang from an early age, joined a large all-male church choir when I was 7, was ‘put’ to the piano at 8 and I fudged my first…

Aart Strootman, composer

Who or what inspired you to take up composing, and pursue a career in music? I was always thrilled seeing the piano teacher of my brother play boogie-woogie as a demonstration of what he was technically capable of. I must have been six and could only smile hearing that forceful, joyful music. In attempts of…

Hilda Paredes, composer

I need to connect my inner ear to an imaginative sound world. I don’t know where it comes from, I first just need to allow this connection to happen. Once it finds me, the process of deciphering it begins and I just need to allow the music to lead me through the creative journey.