Ligeti Quartet

One thing we love about playing modern and new music is the range of experiences that the music can offer: some pieces demand an emotional response, some are more experimental or Zen, some are purely intellectual, and some are connected to the wider world (including nature, science, history, and politics). We believe we have succeeded if we can communicate some of that experience to the audience.

Christian Ihle Hadland, pianist

Who or what inspired you to pursue a career in music? To sound a little pompous, I think the choice made itself. I never thought of anything else I wanted to do. When I went to gymnasium [secondary school], I chose mathematics, physics and biology to have some sort of backup, but I realized very…

Simon Lepper, pianist

The biggest challenge is to continue on your own path and not panic when there’s a blank page in your diary. It does fill up! But I sometimes feel you have to have the attitude of a gambler to work as a freelance song pianist: one day a singer cancels but the next a singer might call.

Dudok Quartet Amsterdam, string quartet

Dudok Quartet are: Judith van Driel, Marleen Wester (violins), Marie-Louise de Jong (viola) and David Faber (cello). Judith van Driel is the interviewee Who or what inspired you to pursue a career in music? My sister, who is ten years older then me, played the violin, so when I was three years old, I started…

Tim Nast, pianist & composer

Who or what inspired you to pursue a career in music? I became inspired at the age 16 to pursue a music career because of my love of music and the emotional language it speaks to me and all of us. I had fallen in love with creating music and composing songs and wanted to…