Stephen Emmer, composer

Who or what inspired you to take up composing, and pursue a career in music? I improvised on the baby grand in my mothers ballet studio and didn’t realise what I was playing until my mother said that was Beethoven… this triggered my appetite to try and become ‘something in music’ at the age of…

Charlotte Botterill, composer

I like to have a theme, or subject matter, for my piece either before I start, or in the very early improvising stages. This helps me shape my piece. I often use landscapes, both rural and urban, to inspire my work. Sometime I draw a picture of what the piece should look like!

Jean-Christophe Rosaz, composer

Who or what inspired you to take up composing, and pursue a career in music? Probably my parents who used to listen to music: Bach, Mozart, Beethoven – could we imagine better teachers? Many years after, playing the guitar, the desire to imagine, create something new that didn’t exist a few minutes before… and now…

Joel Lundberg, composer

My music has taken me on a journey around the world. I’ve met people and seen places that would have been impossible if it weren’t for music. Thank you music! For me that’s success. 

Christian Li, violinist

I love to play slower expressive pieces that explore emotions. That’s what I love about the violin – expressing emotions through the sound.

Macha Kanza, pianist

Who or what inspired you to pursue a carerer in music? My parents brought me into classical music, but at different times in my life. Then my teachers and some composers have opened a world of discoveries with which coexistence has become essential, beyond everyday practice. Who are what have been the most important influences…