Stephen Waarts, violinist

Sometimes the music that I love the most comes the least easily to me, but it’s hard to know if the difficulty is actually to the benefit of the eventual interpretation or just difficulty. However, as long as I feel I can communicate something special through a piece to the audience, I’m happy to keep exploring.

Francesca Dego, violinist

I think the most amazing thing in this business is getting to surround yourself with the people you know will enrich you and make you a better musician so this is what I strive for when I plan collaborations and projects. I’ve never coveted a career for it’s own sake but as a means to achieve the best musical result possible. My dream is to always be able to work with orchestras and colleagues who inspire me and make it possible to create something special on stage.

Niklas Walentin, violinist

Who or what inspired you to take up the violin and pursue a career in music? I was first introduced to the violin and classical music “live” when attending a chamber music concert in Germany at the age of 6. The programme included, among other pieces, the famous C major string quintet by Franz Schubert….

Gwendolyn Masin, violinist

Who or what inspired you to take up the violin, and pursue a career in music? My family and surroundings were and are the inspiration. Watching my grandmother play piano, I sat down in front of the instrument and began to learn from the age of three. The violin was a birthday gift when I…

Ilya Gringolts, violinist

Who or what inspired you to take up violin and pursue a career in music? It must have been my family where music was omnipresent, although there weren’t any professional musicians – or perhaps precisely because of that! There were thousands of records in our little flat and the vinyl was on most of the…

Callum Smart, violinist

Who or what inspired you to take up violin, and pursue a career in music? I first took to the violin after an extremely enthusiastic teacher introduced me to the instrument when I was 6 years old at school. I remember being amazed by how many different sounds and characters could be expressed by a…