Jean-Christophe Rosaz, composer

Who or what inspired you to take up composing, and pursue a career in music? Probably my parents who used to listen to music: Bach, Mozart, Beethoven – could we imagine better teachers? Many years after, playing the guitar, the desire to imagine, create something new that didn’t exist a few minutes before… and now…

Eric Montalbetti, composer

Who or what inspired you to take up composing, and pursue a career in music? Playing the piano and organ, early on I started to improvise my own things, and when I was 11 I started to write down the music to elaborate my ideas a little better. I was and am still very moved…

Duo AVA

Duo AVA are Anna Phoebe (AP) and Aisling Bower (AB) Who or what inspired you to pursue a career in music? AP: My mum plays violin alongside her career as a social worker and used to take me to concerts from about age 5 – I was always fascinated by the violinists.  I started violin…

Joel Jäventausta, composer

Joel Jäventausta is third prizewinner in the 2019 Zemlinsky Competition, an international initiative of the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), which exists to promote and encourage the development of young composers Who or what inspired you to pursue a career in music? When I was 13, my grandfather bought a tiny 2-octave keyboard…

Tomasz Skweres, cellist & composer

Tomasz Skweres is second prize-winner in the 2019 Zemlinsky Competition, an international initiative of the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), which exists to promote and encourage the development of young composers Who or what inspired you to pursue a career in music? I can’t imagine my life without music. Music is not only…