Edward Smaldone, composer

Who or what were the most significant influences on your musical life and career as a composer? That would have to be some combination of the Beatles, the Allman Brothers, Blood Sweat and Tears, Beethoven, Stravinsky, Schoenberg, Sessions, Carter, Weinberg and Perle. And somewhere along the way Heinrich Schenker (through studies with Carl Schachter) had…

Yuki Negishi, pianist

I try to give my all for each performance so it really doesn’t matter where I play –  each concert leaves me with things to improve

Boris Bizjak, flautist

Concerts themselves give me inspiration. The more concerts you get, the more inspirational it is

Seljan Nasibli, soprano

“if I can provide a comfort, can convey and give emotion and move an audience, I would consider that a success”

Luis Toscano, musical director of Cupertinos

Who or what have been the most important influences on your musical life and career? In one way or another, all of the singers in Cupertinos have had our initial contact and experiences with the choral world in informal or amateur contexts, during our childhood years. There is a very rich and well established amateur…