SIMON WATTERTON, pianist

The concert is a chance to share the music and live a pretty irreplaceable experience, but I think I’m happiest, not accepting applause at the end of a concert but rather at the beginning of the process, making a cup of coffee, sharpening a pencil and opening a score for the first time, full of hope and possibility!

Arash Safaian, composer

I believe the greatest challenge for today’s composers is that contemporary classical music is still not seen as an undeniable part of the classical music world. Worshipping the great masters of the past has been for a long time the main aspiration for musicians all over the world. But a lot is moving in an exciting direction right now.

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