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.

Martin Sturfält, pianist

A career in music involves constant challenges – musical as well as career-related. Striking a balance between absolutely believing in your ability to offer something meaningful and original on the one hand, and being super critical of your playing at the same time is certainly challenging!

Alexander Soares, pianist

Who or what inspired you to take up piano and pursue a career in music? Growing up, I was an avid collector of records (even cassettes, as they existed then!). I remember the first time listening to the Rachmaninoff concerti, and falling in love with the monumental scale of the music. I was also extremely…

Nicholas Ashton, pianist

Who or what inspired you to take up piano, and pursue a career in music? My father started taking me to concerts and to the theatre when I was very young – about six years old, around 1968. I remember the first time: It was at the old Public Hall in Preston, with the Royal…

Aleksander Szram, Pianist

I would say that every piece, every concert is a great challenge – the life of a working musician is endless problem-solving, with each solution only leading to new problems/issues to address. In a way, every moment is a great challenge, as you’re always reaching for a perfection that can never be achieved