Elizabeth Flett, Scottish fiddler

Who or what inspired you to pursue a career in music? My mother is a violin teacher and a talented community music facilitator, and having such an amazing role model right there from the beginning of my life has been really inspiring. Going to see talented female artists such as Anna Massie and Patsy Reid…

Jo Anne Sukumaran, bassoonist

Who or what inspired you to pursue a career in music? As a child, my godmother took me to many musicals, concerts and plays and I was encouraged to have a healthy and vivid imagination. Back then, I was always immersed in books, movies and had a colourful inner world.  A few occasions were important…

Duo AVA

Duo AVA are Anna Phoebe (AP) and Aisling Bower (AB) Who or what inspired you to pursue a career in music? AP: My mum plays violin alongside her career as a social worker and used to take me to concerts from about age 5 – I was always fascinated by the violinists.  I started violin…

Joel Jäventausta, composer

Joel Jäventausta is third prizewinner in the 2019 Zemlinsky Competition, an international initiative of the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), which exists to promote and encourage the development of young composers Who or what inspired you to pursue a career in music? When I was 13, my grandfather bought a tiny 2-octave keyboard…

Tomasz Skweres, cellist & composer

Tomasz Skweres is second prize-winner in the 2019 Zemlinsky Competition, an international initiative of the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), which exists to promote and encourage the development of young composers Who or what inspired you to pursue a career in music? I can’t imagine my life without music. Music is not only…

Aya Yoshida, composer

So many people have inspired me; not only composers or musicians but also artists in various disciplines.