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…

Aya Yoshida, composer

So many people have inspired me; not only composers or musicians but also artists in various disciplines.

Joep Beving, composer

Who or what inspired you to take up composing, and pursue a career in music? I have to say my parents. They created the circumstances where it was very easy for me to develop an interest. They put me in a music school and had me take piano lessons at an early age. Later on,…

Rosita Piritore, composer

The composer must produce what he/she has in his/her mind, pursuing his/her own musical language, but also taking into account particularities of the commission and exploiting them to his/her advantage.