William Youn, pianist

Who or what inspired you to pursue a career in music? Since I first saw the piano at the kindergarten, I somehow immediately felt a strong connection to the instrument and wanted to take piano lessons. My parents didn’t have much knowledge about classical music nor understood what it means to live as a musician….

Nobuaki Fukukawa, French Horn player

The interesting and funny thing about classical music is that musical success doesn’t always equate to commercial success… But specifically regarding success as a musician, I think it would be “to be able to play whichever piece I like whenever I like”.

Marlis Petersen, soprano

Who or what inspired you to take up singing and pursue a career in music? The real vocation to become a singer happened when I joined the church choir in our little town in the South of Germany. The music I encountered was so beautiful and pure that I felt drawn to it and to…

Alessio Bax, pianist

Who or what inspired you to take up the piano and pursue a career in music? I didn’t really pick piano at first. I wanted to play the organ. I loved the sound of it, the huge range of colours and mainly the music of Bach. When I was 9 and it was time to…

Nathalia Milstein, pianist

The greatest challenge, which will probably last all my life, is trying to understand how to be completely myself on stage, how to convey my own ideas without getting distracted by anything else and be 100% into the music