Christian Baldini, composer & conductor

Who or what inspired you to take up conducting and pursue a career in music? I started playing the piano as a little boy, when I was four. It all seemed very fun, just like a game, but it was also my most precious company in moments when I needed solace or comfort, and music…

Lliam Paterson, composer

My compositional language embraces many elements. Most of all it is lyrical – I enjoy creating long melodic lines which interact and create tension with an underlying harmonic structure. Frequently a harmonic structure grows out of a melodic idea.

David Ireland, bass-baritone

Who or what inspired you to pursue a career in music? Entertaining audiences. Getting a reaction from a group of people, positive or negative, is always special; it’s my main reason for performing. Who or what have been the most important influences on your musical life and career? I’ve met lots of performers since I…

Antonio Gradanti, composer

I’m a very visual person, so the look of a film, how it’s filmed, the angles, and the colour, all play a part in how it sounds.

Martin Tillman, cellist/composer

Who or what inspired you to take up composing, and pursue a career in music? My dad and mom, David and Regina. They ran a music camp every summer on a beautiful mountain top in Switzerland. There was music in the whole house. I always loved music, and there I recognized the cello as a…

Rosita Piritore, composer

The composer must produce what he/she has in his/her mind, pursuing his/her own musical language, but also taking into account particularities of the commission and exploiting them to his/her advantage.