Sarah Cahill, pianist

Who or what inspired you to take up the piano, and pursue a career in music? When I was eight years old, I started taking lessons from a teacher named Sharon Mann, who was (and is) charismatic and beautiful and brilliant, and she taught me Bach fugues and Beethoven sonatas, and as a shy child, I adored…

Rhonda Rizzo, pianist

Success is getting the ego out of the way so the music can communicate clearly and simply.

Libby Burgess, pianist

Who or what inspired you to take up the piano, and pursue a career in music? I was lucky to grow up with music at home – my parents are both musical, albeit not by profession, so there was music going on in the house, and I got my grubby toddler hands on the piano…

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…