Daniela Mastrandrea, pianist, composer & arranger

Who or what inspired you to take up the piano, and pursue a career in music? I was five years old when my aunt took me to my first music school. She convinced me to take piano lessons and my mother was given the hardest of the tasks… she had to persevere in order to…

Annie Yim, pianist

I tend to choose pieces that speak to me on a personal level. Dinu Lipatti once said that it’s not enough to like the piece you play, but the piece must also like you! My secret wish is that Schumann, Brahms, and Ravel (and their works) would have liked me.

Gwendolyn Masin, violinist

Who or what inspired you to take up the violin, and pursue a career in music? My family and surroundings were and are the inspiration. Watching my grandmother play piano, I sat down in front of the instrument and began to learn from the age of three. The violin was a birthday gift when I…

Flying Hórses, multi-instrumentalist & composer

As a minimalist, I don’t have many possessions, other than my instruments. I was gifted with an Arnold Dolmetsch harpsichord earlier this year. I believe this tops my list of special instruments.

Tamar Halperin, pianist

Who or what inspired you to take up piano, and pursue a career in music? My mother’s old upright piano was placed in my childhood room, where it occupied most of the space. Being the largest and darkest object in that little room, it was impossible to ignore. So I began playing the keys of…

Calista Kazuko, singer-songwriter

Who or what inspired you to pursue a career in music? Definitely my wondrous Ma and Pa, both of whom were rocking classical violinists! I was so blessed to have the happiest, hippiest childhood soaked in music. We spent every Summer at the magical, mystical Dartington Summer School and I starting screeching away on the…