Luka Okros, pianist

Who or what inspired you to pursue a career in music? I don’t really remember how exactly it started, as music has been with me my whole life. I heard music in my head and soon or later it needed to be let out. Luckily, we had an upright piano at home, so when I…

Dario Marconcini, composer

Who or what inspired you to take up composing, and pursue a career in music? I started listening to music of a “certain type” from an early age. My mother kept the radio on day and night and I listened. I understood later the music transmitted very interesting things. Then my father brought a red-and-beige…

Joo Yeon Sir, violinist

Who or what inspired you to take up the violin and pursue a career in music? It was my parents and their love for classical music that first introduced to classical music. I remember being surrounded by my dad’s extensive LP and CD collections of different genres, having some Mozart quartets or old classic pop…

Dani Howard, composer

I would certainly say that a rhythmic drive features heavily in most of my work. Being almost post-minimalistic with a constantly shifting harmonic centre, I think a lot about ‘implied melodies’ where I take the function of a melody, but rather than a ‘melody’ as we think of it in old fashioned terms – I enjoy creating these ‘implied melodies’ out of harmonic ideas.

Aaron Boyd, violinist

Certain works move me most deeply when I have the privilege to play them; Any of the Bach solo Sonatas and Partitas, Faure’s 2nd Violin Sonata, Bruckner’s Viola Quintet, Schubert’s G Major Quartet, Mozart’s G Minor Viola Quintet, Stravinsky’s Dithyrambe, and Bach’s Art of Fugue are particularly meaningful to me.

Jamie Bergin, pianist

It’s important to choose pieces that you love. I try to put pieces together that contrast in emotion and get different responses from the audience.