Do it for the right reasons, and be sure it’s what you really want to do because it isn’t easy. Then absolutely go for it. Despite many messages you’ll receive to the contrary, it is a worthwhile thing to be an artist, both personally and for society as a whole. Continue reading Andre Shlimon, composer-performer
Hearing one’s own music in concert is an incomparably powerful experience, simply because it’s the fulfilment of usually years of drafting, writing, developing, crafting, honing and revising ideas. Continue reading Richard Causton, composer
Don’t just do music!
Have other serious interests – take risks – don’t follow the path you think you should but the one you want (it’s the one you’ll take more seriously) – be able to talk to all sorts of people – listen and learn. Continue reading Rúaidhrí Mannion, composer
There was no piano in the house when I was a small child, but whenever we visited my mother’s sister, a talented and accomplished amateur pianist, I was transfixed by the sound of her playing and longed to be able to do it too. And at the age of ten, I heard a recording of Dinu Lipatti playing Chopin and never looked back. Continue reading Thalia Myers, pianist
It is possible to achieve whatever you want so long as you keep working at it continuously, keeping the momentum going Continue reading Adrian Lord, pianist
I enjoy working on music for specific performers or groups — I literally imagine them playing the music as I write it. Continue reading Douglas J Cuomo, composer