Rokas Valuntonis, pianist

I think success for a musician is finding a way to evoke emotions in your listeners. If you’re able to connect with yourself and your audience, in my opinion, you’re a successful artist.

Matei Varga, pianist

We have to be relevant and people have to be interested in coming to hear us. Also, there is a major difference between venues and audiences. In New York, I would seldom play a complete programme of Beethoven Sonatas; however, when I go back to my native Romania, such a recital would be sold out months in advance… You have to adapt!

Jean-Paul Gasparian, pianist

Who or what inspired you to take up the piano and pursue a career in music ? Actually as my both parents are pianists, it was quite natural for me to start playing the piano, when I was about 5 or 6 years old. And I began practicing with them, before meeting my first teachers….

Simon Danell, pianist

Listen as much as you can to other lessons. You learn so much from observing! The teacher says something and you simply notate it. (I even have notes from masterclasses saying “don’t teach like this”.) And don’t be afraid to ask questions. If you don’t understand why you should or shouldn’t do something, the teacher has a duty to tell you.

Antonio Oyarzabal, pianist

Who or what inspired you to take up the piano and pursue a career in music? For me this is a not an easy question, since I am actually the only musician in my family! My mother is a lawyer and my father works for the town council and a local newspaper in my hometown,…

Mihai Ritivoiu, pianist

I try to choose pieces that I know will attract me enough to keep coming back to and working at them, intensely and consistently.