Laura Farré Rozada, pianist

I think it is extremely important to think about why you want to become a professional musician and what could be your contribution. In other words, to be creative, to question general assumptions in your field and to find your own voice. And above all, to be patient, proactive, persistent and determined to work hard.

George Fu, pianist

Who or what inspired you to take up the piano, and pursue a career in music? When I wasn’t old enough to remember anything (maybe I was 3 years old), my parents took me to this neighborhood yard sale where there was this tiny yellow electric piano. It had about two and a half octaves…

David Gómez, pianist and composer

Who or what inspired you to pursue a career in music? My mother played the accordion and she has always been my inspiration: it was because of her passion for music that I started studying piano. Who or what were the most significant influences on your musical life? Several professors: Marta Christel, Claudie Desmeules, Emilio…

Mark Darvill Evans, composer

Who or what inspired you to take up composing, and pursue a career in music? Music has always been very important, but I think the moment that changed from listening to composing was the realisation that all creative pursuits have an underlying language, unlocking that is a challenge, but ultimately you are just trying to…

Xenia Pestova, pianist

Who or what inspired you to take up the piano and pursue a career in music? There was a piano in my grandmother’s place when I was growing up in Siberia and I would bash away on that. Also, my mother used to play violin when she was younger, so I was keen to play…