Supriya Nagarajan, composer

Compositions happen in small bits, over time and you react to things in rehearsals. So, for me it’s about having an open-minded approach and a flexible mindset.

Aart Strootman, composer

Who or what inspired you to take up composing, and pursue a career in music? I was always thrilled seeing the piano teacher of my brother play boogie-woogie as a demonstration of what he was technically capable of. I must have been six and could only smile hearing that forceful, joyful music. In attempts of…

Hilda Paredes, composer

I need to connect my inner ear to an imaginative sound world. I don’t know where it comes from, I first just need to allow this connection to happen. Once it finds me, the process of deciphering it begins and I just need to allow the music to lead me through the creative journey.
 

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…

Scott McLaughlin, composer

Who or what inspired you to take up composing, and pursue a career in music? I spent my teenage years playing guitar in my bedroom, a weird mix of the indie music of the day from shoegaze to rock (The Cure, Ride, Sonic Youth, Smashing Pumpkins, Jane’s Addiction, The Smiths, Depeche Mode, Pixies, Cocteau Twins,…

Rebecca Rowe, composer

It feels as though, from the earliest I can remember, music has not just been a part of my life, it IS my life and I am fortunate to have never had to sit and decide what career I would take; I was always going to be a musician. It’s as though it’s part of your DNA; as important to you as breathing