Elizabeth Flett, Scottish fiddler

Who or what inspired you to pursue a career in music? My mother is a violin teacher and a talented community music facilitator, and having such an amazing role model right there from the beginning of my life has been really inspiring. Going to see talented female artists such as Anna Massie and Patsy Reid…

Jo Anne Sukumaran, bassoonist

Who or what inspired you to pursue a career in music? As a child, my godmother took me to many musicals, concerts and plays and I was encouraged to have a healthy and vivid imagination. Back then, I was always immersed in books, movies and had a colourful inner world.  A few occasions were important…

Misty Posey, singer

Who or what inspired you to take up singer-songwriter, and pursue a career in music? Vocals: Everyone who has ever given me feedback, leads me to know what I do well. Writing: Like my dad, I go around humming and singing nonsense tunes – his creativity comes out no matter what task he is at….

Iona Fyfe, folksinger

For me, a sense of place, identity and landscape are the most important influences on my musical life

Rachel Brown, flautist

As a player heavily involved in the historical performance movement, I guess my path has always diverged from a conventional view of ‘success’. I believe it is vital to do whatever we do to the very best it could be done, whether that be performing, teaching, researching.

Katarzyna Kowalik, harpsichordist

Who or what inspired you to pursue a career in music? My grandma was my first piano teacher and a true inspiration. A piano was in her house, where I grew up until I was 4, and she taught me the first songs. She also wrote down my own compositions when I was 5 and…