the greatest challenge is to remember to take pleasure in the journey of being a composer rather than being overly focused on end goals. Obviously, we have goals, but sort of ironically, the best way to get to them is to stay engaged in the day-to-day process and find joy in that.
My compositional language has shifted slowly over the years, although the way I structure music and my artistic goals have not changed much. During the past few years I have been mostly influenced by the sound of Brazilian native element
Study the score intensely then play as if you’re improvising.
Each commission has its own challenges, this may be linked to a brief. It often feels like you have to learn composing anew for each piece and that’s tough
work ever so hard, be kind-hearted and humble but have the confidence to have your sound, your voice and your identity
Be true and make music you enjoy yourself. Sometimes it’s harder to achieve than one may think, but it’s definitely worth it.