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…

Cédric Pescia, pianist

My parents were not familiar with classical music. I was introduced to piano at school when I was 7; it was a shock and a blessing; I remember I was so excited I could hardly sleep for a few days.

Phil Best, pianist and composer

I am obsessed by the idea of musical fluency. This is the ability to express music naturally and freely in a way that is a seamless as speaking our native language. When people play or sing directly from their body and soul with authenticity, it is always a joy to hear.

Ian Tindale, pianist & song accompanist

Who or what inspired you to take up the piano and pursue a career in music? It was a fairly late realisation that it was possible to do music (let alone accompaniment) as a career at all! Early on at secondary school I had the chance to accompany a few other musicians which was something…