Justin Badgerow, pianist

Who or what inspired you to pursue a career in music and who or what have been the most important influences on your musical life and career? My parents were both musicians and always provided the encouragement and support to pursue music as a calling. What have been the greatest challenges of your career so…

Pamela Howland, pianist

Learn your craft, work hard, find your own voice, keep stretching yourself creatively, and give your gift to the world. Don’t be afraid to experiment with genres other than classical – this will only enhance your playing. Learn to improvise and arrange. Most of all, remember that failures only mean something if you let them define you. Never stop challenging yourself.

Robert Thies, pianist

I think we all need to keep exploring and expanding our horizons and experiences. We need to stop comparing ourselves to others, and think more about challenging ourselves to be the best we can be. As Rachmaninoff said, “Music is enough for a lifetime, but a lifetime is not enough for music.”

Walter Witt, pianist

Stay true to what is written but trust your instincts. Listen deeply. Never stop searching. Never give up on what you love to do as a musician or in life. If you do, it is like running out of water, you will die of thirst.

Michael Sheppard, pianist & composer

Who or what inspired you to pursue a career in music? That’s sort of difficult to answer, since I have been playing the piano for as long as I can remember. There was a piano in the house. A crappy upright, sure, but my dad (who had taken piano in college, hence the instrument) kept…

Jonathan Biss, pianist

you spend every day touching these masterpieces but you never come to some end point where you can say “that is just the way I want it” because you’re always looking for more in them. That is exactly what is so wonderful about them too, but it is simultaneously what is very difficult