Stephen Emmer, composer

Who or what inspired you to take up composing, and pursue a career in music? I improvised on the baby grand in my mothers ballet studio and didn’t realise what I was playing until my mother said that was Beethoven… this triggered my appetite to try and become ‘something in music’ at the age of…

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,…

Jeroen Elfferich, pianist & composer

Who or what inspired you to take up composing, and pursue a career in music? Early 80s bands like The Talking Heads, The Cure, The Comsat Angels etc. Who or what were the most significant influences on your musical life and career as a composer? Those early 80s bands but also Robert Fripp, Keith Emerson…

Aart Strootman, composer

Who or what inspired you to take up composing, and pursue a career in music? I was always thrilled seeing the piano teacher of my brother play boogie-woogie as a demonstration of what he was technically capable of. I must have been six and could only smile hearing that forceful, joyful music. In attempts of…