I think challenge is on how to introduce classical music in a modern society. I always try to promote classical music in different contemporary ways to attract more people to enjoy this art form.
Dina Duisen, pianist
I was born into a musical family, my mum teaches piano and my dad plays and teaches the dombra, which is Kazakhstan’s national instrument. The piano was my choice straight away.
Alex Wilson, pianist
As a soloist, performing Ligeti for 100 school kids in the Queen Elizabeth Hall for the London Sinfonietta was particularly rewarding – it was the best (and noisiest) cheer I’ve ever received!
Thalia Myers, pianist
There was no piano in the house when I was a small child, but whenever we visited my mother’s sister, a talented and accomplished amateur pianist, I was transfixed by the sound of her playing and longed to be able to do it too. And at the age of ten, I heard a recording of Dinu Lipatti playing Chopin and never looked back.
Stephen Marquiss, pianist & composer
Remember that art and life are an interweaving dance, and that one informs and inspires the other. Develop an instinct for which sacrifices are truly worth making and which risks are worth taking.
Sandro Ivo Bartoli, pianist
Everything is “difficult”: understanding the logic (or lack thereof) of artistic directors, negotiating tempos of piano concertos with conductors, liaising with concert promoters, managers and record companies and making sure that they will not “steal” your creative ideas