Sara Minelli, flautist

Who or what inspired you to take up the flute and pursue a career in music? My parents aren’t musicians so those who inspired me have been my music teachers in Montepulciano (Siena -Tuscany), where I lived. First of all they chose me to be part of a children’s choir for a festival founded and directed by the composer Hans Werner Henze, who lived in the same town. My first musical experience ever was…

Simeon Walker, composer & pianist

Who or what inspired you to take up composing, and pursue a career in music? My parents were hugely supportive of anything that I did in general, but particularly with regards to music. They funded the learning of numerous instruments and years of lessons, came to all my performances (and still do, as much as…

Andrew James Johnson, composer & pianist

Who or what inspired you to take up composing, and pursue a career in music? Although I started playing the piano from around seven years old I didn’t actually have my first piano lesson until I was fourteen. Prior to starting lessons I spent many years learning on my own. It was completely second nature…