Katharina Nohl, pianist & composer

Who or what inspired you to pursue a career in music? Fazil Say and Cyprien Katsaris have encouraged and urged me to compose and also to believe in my very creative and individual approach. Who or what were the most significant influences on your musical life and career as a composer? Fazil Say and Arvo…

Robert Hugill, composer

I always like working with restrictions which become challenges, and like working for a particular set of requirements. Also, the aim to fit the music to the performers. The challenge can be to make something which is accessible yet interesting.

Gilbert Isbin, composer

Who or what inspired you to take up composing, and pursue a career in music? I started playing guitar at the age of 18, quite late in fact. And from Leonard Cohen, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, my musical taste wandered in the direction of John Renbourn, a folk guitarist who was heavily influenced…

Dominic Murcott, composer

Who or what inspired you to take up composing, and pursue a career in music? I started drumming when I was 15 as a way of avoiding things in life that bothered me. Along with educating, that was my career for 10 years. At that point a desire to create something of my own gradually…

Roberto David Rusconi, composer

Who or what inspired you to take up composing, and pursue a career in music? My grandfather was a huge inspiration for me. He was an extraordinary violin player and played under Toscanini at l’Arena di Verona for many years. During World War II he became blind and he started relying more and more on…

Raymond Yiu, composer

The main purpose for me as a composer is to communicate ideas, ask questions and trigger emotion in my audience and performers. If someone comes up to me and expresses some form of reaction and thoughts after hearing my music, I think I have succeeded.