Leo Geyer, composer

For me, success is performing. There’s nothing I love more than conducting my own music, sharing it with both the musicians and the public. It’s an huge honour to be able to do this and I am grateful for every opportunity.

Artur Cimirro, pianist and composer

Who or what inspired you to pursue a career in music? The mistaken belief that talent will be recognised while living! [laughs] Actually, it is a difficult question because I remember when I was a child I couldn’t understand why people listened to music. Then I started learning the acoustic guitar, and I asked my…

Vadym Kholodenko, pianist

Who or what inspired you to take up the piano and pursue a career in music? My mother was the one who brought me into classical music. She learned to play the piano when she was a child, and in our house we had an upright, not to mention many recordings of classical repertoire. Who…

Pascal Schumacher, composer

I believe my greatest challenge has always been fighting against attempts by the music industry to label me and my music, to pigeonhole us

Katarzyna Kowalik, harpsichordist

Who or what inspired you to pursue a career in music? My grandma was my first piano teacher and a true inspiration. A piano was in her house, where I grew up until I was 4, and she taught me the first songs. She also wrote down my own compositions when I was 5 and…

Jakub Niewiadomski, pianist

Who or what inspired you to take up piano, and pursue a career in music? When I was four years old, I was impressed by a TV concert. My grandfather gave me an accordion. Teachers told my parents that I needed to start from the piano. Since then, the piano has been my companion. Who…