My parents took me a to piano recital when I was three because they couldn’t find a babysitter that night. I don’t remember the pieces the pianist played but I was fascinated by the power of music that made the audience quiet for nearly two hours. I thought that if I learned this “language” people would also listen to what I want to say Continue reading Alice Sara Ott, pianist
Who or what inspired you to take up singing, and make it your career? I’ve always sung, since I was a little girl, and I’ve always loved music. So singing as a job seemed like a natural step. However, I … Continue reading Jennifer Johnston, mezzo-soprano
Who or what inspired you to take up double bass and pursue a career in music? I put my hand up for everything but the only thing left by the time I was chosen was the double bass – then I saw it … Continue reading Stacey Watton, double bassist
I’m interested in the longform possibilities of the concert experience: bold programming which reaches across individual movements to an essence which exceeds the sum of its parts. The great symphonic programmers for me right now are Rattle, Jurowski, Volkov.
The greatest challenge, which will probably last all my life, is trying to understand how to be completely myself on stage, how to convey my own ideas without getting distracted by anything else and be 100% into the music Continue reading Nathalia Milstein, pianist
The sense that people you respect and care about are straining every sinew for the sake of your compositional efforts and their realisation is a uniquely humbling experience. At times it has made the music seem to stare back at me, externalised and somehow become ‘other’. Continue reading Francis Pott, composer & pianist