Phil Best, pianist and composer

I am obsessed by the idea of musical fluency. This is the ability to express music naturally and freely in a way that is a seamless as speaking our native language. When people play or sing directly from their body and soul with authenticity, it is always a joy to hear.

Ian Tindale, pianist & song accompanist

Who or what inspired you to take up the piano and pursue a career in music? It was a fairly late realisation that it was possible to do music (let alone accompaniment) as a career at all! Early on at secondary school I had the chance to accompany a few other musicians which was something…

Christina McMaster, pianist

As well as musical influences, everyday life and occurrences influence me. What I bring to the stage is not only my performance and understanding of the music, but my personality, experience and perceptions. The work I do is affected by everything I encounter and perceive. So I go to lots of concerts and meet lots of different people, and generally feel open to new possibilities.

Tim Horton, pianist

Never think purely in terms of your own instrument. If you are learning music by a particular composer listen to as much of their music as you can (Symphonies, Lieder, Opera, Chamber music), and then listen to the music that influenced them.

Gavin Roberts, pianist

I love devising programmes for festivals such as the St Marylebone Festival where we theme everything along cultural history and our local community

Tyler Hay, pianst

Who or what inspired you to take up the piano and pursue a career in music? Initially, my Granddad John was my big musical influence. He was a classically trained cocktail pianist and played to a very high standard. He began teaching me when I was 6 years old and around that time he introduced…