Barbara Arens, composer

Who or what inspired you to take up composing, and pursue a career in music? My career in music came first: as a harpsichordist and organist. It was having been brought up on Bach recordings that inspired me to want to play baroque music. There came a point, though, where I felt I had said…

Katharina Nohl, pianist & composer

Who or what inspired you to pursue a career in music? Fazil Say and Cyprien Katsaris have encouraged and urged me to compose and also to believe in my very creative and individual approach. Who or what were the most significant influences on your musical life and career as a composer? Fazil Say and Arvo…

Supriya Nagarajan, composer

Compositions happen in small bits, over time and you react to things in rehearsals. So, for me it’s about having an open-minded approach and a flexible mindset.

Hilda Paredes, composer

I need to connect my inner ear to an imaginative sound world. I don’t know where it comes from, I first just need to allow this connection to happen. Once it finds me, the process of deciphering it begins and I just need to allow the music to lead me through the creative journey.

Arlene Sierra, composer

Who or what inspired you to take up composing, and pursue a career in music? Music was at the center for me from the very start, my parents were ardent fans of Classical music, had it playing at home and in the car all the time, and took me to an amazing variety of concerts. Getting from piano…

Rebecca Rowe, composer

It feels as though, from the earliest I can remember, music has not just been a part of my life, it IS my life and I am fortunate to have never had to sit and decide what career I would take; I was always going to be a musician. It’s as though it’s part of your DNA; as important to you as breathing