I am inspired by large, complex and mythical works where I can feel conversations-supportive or contradicting- between voices, hands and the rest of my body and mind. It started with Bach and Beethoven and gradually reached Schoenberg, Messaien, Wolpe and many others.
Fresh ideas that challenge the status quo quite often end up leaving important legacies.
Listen to your inner voice. Make it as loud and clear as possible
I have been very fortunate to work with the musicians I like to work with, so there are no extra challenges for me. I always value their suggestions for performing issues (for example, the choreography of hands in piano writing) or even musical suggestions regarding the composition.
Those are the best moments; when you’re collaborating with others and they share a way to find something new within music, and you’re thrown out of your own head.
the greatest challenge is to remember to take pleasure in the journey of being a composer rather than being overly focused on end goals. Obviously, we have goals, but sort of ironically, the best way to get to them is to stay engaged in the day-to-day process and find joy in that.