have faith in one’s own talent and power, and patience
I find that I need to be in the process of organising, listening to and editing music before my favourite ideas come to me. I like to build up a collection that I can work off over a period of time; putting some on the backburner and coming back to others that I maybe left for a while as they weren’t working.
Probably the best piece of advice I was given was “Never let anyone tell you what to do with your art”.
Be true to your inner voice. Influences are vital and valuable criticism is essential, but ultimately you must write what you feel
The great thing about being a composer in the 21st century is that we no longer need to be the least bit affected by anyone’s arbitrary rules about what’s considered acceptable or not in concert music
I believe the greatest challenge for today’s composers is that contemporary classical music is still not seen as an undeniable part of the classical music world. Worshipping the great masters of the past has been for a long time the main aspiration for musicians all over the world. But a lot is moving in an exciting direction right now.