Stuart Hancock, composer

Recognise opportunities when they present themselves and work hard to make a success of them. Develop a thick skin and don’t be precious about your work (especially in commercial, film and television Music!) Be versatile, sociable and likeable and someone people want to work with!

Paul Merkelo, trumpeter

Who or what inspired you to take up the trumpet and pursue a career in music? The first time I heard a recording of Wynton Marsalis playing the Haydn and Hummel concertos, I knew I wanted to work hard to pursue my life in music Who or what have been the most important influences on…

Ralf Schmid, pianist & composer

The idea comes to me in an unexpected situation. With a sketchbook or a dictation app I grasp the initial thing and work it out later, mostly on the piano. I constantly switch between the composer and the listener’s chair.

Giacomo Susani, guitarist

To me success can be both artistic and professional and I believe it is important to make this distinction. This said, I feel the best success I wish to have is to artistically fulfil my aspirations and, because of that, be admired and respected by audiences and musicians alike. Fingers crossed!

Tito Muñoz, conductor

It’s my responsibility to foster an environment in which each performer can do their best. It’s also my responsibility to guide the interpretation of the work, and this can only come from study

Irina Botan, pianist & festival director

work should not be limited to the practice room and the office, as being curious about the world and allowing oneself to experience life to fullest is the only way to become a complete artist