Christina McMaster, pianist

As well as musical influences, everyday life and occurrences influence me. What I bring to the stage is not only my performance and understanding of the music, but my personality, experience and perceptions. The work I do is affected by everything I encounter and perceive. So I go to lots of concerts and meet lots of different people, and generally feel open to new possibilities.

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.

Marina Staneva, pianist

Who or what inspired you to take up piano and pursue a career in music? I was about to start first grade in school where as an after school class I had to choose to play a musical instrument. There was an aural exam. Before I entered the room my mum said “You have to…

Cori Belle, pianist

Do the hard stuff first! Work hard to study music theory and history and form and analysis because when you master these things you truly have freedom in your art. I think many young people try to take shortcuts, wanting to get quickly to the music without the discipline of focused study

Emma Abbate, pianist

For me, a venue is as much about the unique chemistry of each audience as it is the fabric of the building. That said, it would of course be churlish not to mention the Wigmore Hall as its acoustic somehow allows for both intimacy and grandeur. Other UK venues that I have enjoyed performing in recently include Conway Hall and St George’s Bristol.

Ieva Dubova, pianist

Who or what inspired you to take up the piano and pursue a career in music? My grandmother is a pianist and piano professor and growing up with her as a child there was always Piano played at home. I really loved it, to me it seemed magical and so amazing. In the same time…