Gavin Luke, pianist & composer

Who or what inspired you to take up composing, and pursue a career in music? I’ve always had an innate attraction to music. My mother often told me stories about how, as a toddler, music was the only thing that would calm me when I was upset. Composing began very early in my life. It…

Richard Cameron-Wolfe, composer

Ultimately, the composer merely devises a notated “recipe” for a musical work of art, while the performers are the “chefs” and “servers”.

Louis Karchin, composer

Primarily that music should inspire. Whether this is through performance or composition does not matter; the principle is the same. Music should never be routine, it must always be special.

Daniel Ott, composer

I think success for a composer can be measured when he/she no longer has to take a direct hand in arranging a performance. When a piece is “out there” and getting performed, I think that’s a success, and it’s certainly gratifying for a composer when that happens.

Brian Ralston, composer 

Musicians are the heart and soul of our music. The notes on the page that we write is not really the music, it is what happens between the notes that is the music; what the musician does with the notes.

Mark Grey, composer

Who or what inspired you to take up composing, and pursue a career in music? Growing up in the 1970’s in Palo Alto, California – the heart of Stanford University and the birthplace of the Silicon Valley – I was surrounded by very talented people, as one could imagine. It was a profound time for…