George Fu, pianist

Who or what inspired you to take up the piano, and pursue a career in music? When I wasn’t old enough to remember anything (maybe I was 3 years old), my parents took me to this neighborhood yard sale where there was this tiny yellow electric piano. It had about two and a half octaves…

David Gómez, pianist and composer

Who or what inspired you to pursue a career in music? My mother played the accordion and she has always been my inspiration: it was because of her passion for music that I started studying piano. Who or what were the most significant influences on your musical life? Several professors: Marta Christel, Claudie Desmeules, Emilio…

Mark Darvill Evans, composer

Who or what inspired you to take up composing, and pursue a career in music? Music has always been very important, but I think the moment that changed from listening to composing was the realisation that all creative pursuits have an underlying language, unlocking that is a challenge, but ultimately you are just trying to…

Xenia Pestova, pianist

Who or what inspired you to take up the piano and pursue a career in music? There was a piano in my grandmother’s place when I was growing up in Siberia and I would bash away on that. Also, my mother used to play violin when she was younger, so I was keen to play…