Mark Grey, composer

Who or what inspired you to take up composing, and pursue a career in music? Growing up in the 1970’s in Palo Alto, California – the heart of Stanford University and the birthplace of the Silicon Valley – I was surrounded by very talented people, as one could imagine. It was a profound time for…

Mark Bowden, composer

Each piece comes with its own challenges, but these are not frustrations. It is exhilarating to start a new piece and think about how to build its sonic world. I’ve been lucky enough to have huge variety in my work

Addelam: Beni Giles & Colin Alexander

Who or what inspired you to take up the cello and pursue a career in music? CA: I started the cello a little before I was five years old. My grandmother, a violinist, thought I had a cello player’s hands! My mum is also a cellist and most of my family are musicians so I was surrounded…

Adam Swayne, pianist & composer

Who or what inspired you to take up a career in music? As a teenager I was lucky to have Jeremy Carter as my piano teacher. I also revered the rock’n’roll pianism of Jerry Lee Lewis (and still do). Who or what were the most important influences on your musical life and career? I struggled…

Wim Henderickx, composer

I start from inspiration around a certain idea or sound performance, which I intuitively try to understand and write down. I let my ideas flow, often at the piano. Then I search for certain systems, rhythmic or melodic motifs, harmonies etc. that are present in this inspiration