Daniel Elms, composer

For composition, subconscious processing is one of your most powerful tools, as long as you “feed it” with tasks to process: don’t wait for inspiration, instead confront the empty page and work on it; put the time in. Even if you discard everything by the end of the day, it is the process that stimulates the subconscious and you’ll find that inspiration follows.

Roberto David Rusconi, composer

Who or what inspired you to take up composing, and pursue a career in music? My grandfather was a huge inspiration for me. He was an extraordinary violin player and played under Toscanini at l’Arena di Verona for many years. During World War II he became blind and he started relying more and more on…

Hauschka, composer

I compose contemporary music with a tonal and experimental approach. I treat sound and melody equally, and for some pieces you could even say they are a kind of sound-sculpture.

Wim Henderickx, composer

I start from inspiration around a certain idea or sound performance, which I intuitively try to understand and write down. I let my ideas flow, often at the piano. Then I search for certain systems, rhythmic or melodic motifs, harmonies etc. that are present in this inspiration

Toni Castells, composer

Founded by the late MP, the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness published in 2017 that in the UK alone, more than 9 million people often or always feel lonely. Bringing to the surface what is often referred to as “the silent disease”, it spelled out clearly that across society, huge numbers of individuals were struggling…

Laura Schwendinger, composer

Who or what inspired you to take up composing, and pursue a career in music? Hearing the San Fransisco Symphony play the Rite of Spring when I was young. My father would also wake us up with loud classical music on weekends and I loved it. From there flute lessons at 7, composing by 10….