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.

Nicola Meecham, pianist

Be true to yourself and plough your own furrow. A musician’s career path is often a lonely and frustrating one so you need to maintain self-belief

Dmytro Choni, pianist

Who or what inspired you to pursue a career in music? My mother is a classical music lover. She dreamt of playing the violin in her youth but didn’t have a chance to pursue this dream. Therefore, she took all of us, her four children, to a music school in Kyiv. That’s how it all…

Irina Botan, pianist & festival director

work should not be limited to the practice room and the office, as being curious about the world and allowing oneself to experience life to fullest is the only way to become a complete artist

Daniel Ciobanu, pianist

I feel that basically the people make “the venue”. Their energy, interest, respect and vulnerability to be touched and create this sort of tension of curiosity in the hall is what feeds me most

Marouan Benabdallah, pianist

Who or what inspired you to pursue a career in music? Zoltán Kodály said that child’s education starts 9 months before birth. It certainly applies to me. My [Hungarian] mother is a music teacher and choir conductor. My [Moroccan] father, a physicist, used to play classical guitar at a very advanced level, so I must…