David Lewiston Sharpe, composer

Who or what inspired you to take up composing, and pursue a career in music? Music was in the family from the beginning. My Dad is a multi-instrumentalist – violin, saxophone, flute, clarinet, and a natural improviser, my Grandfather ran a dance band in the 1930s and my Great-Grandmother was a French-polisher for Berry pianos…

Maya-Leigh Rosenwasser, performer, improviser & composer

Who or what inspired you to pursue a career in music and who or what have been the most important influences on your musical life and career? The biggest influences in my childhood were my mother and grandfather’s love of classical music. My grandfather was essentially my father growing up and we would spend a…

Andrew Hamilton, composer

Who or what inspired you to pursue a career in music? I remember, around the age of six, finding an old cassette of Beethoven’s Emperor concerto and by the end of the first two minutes thinking “yes, I’ll do that!”.  Hearing it thirty seven years later still brings back that feeling of wonder that any…

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…