Nafis Umerkulova, pianist

Who or what inspired you to pursue a career in music? My mother, Gulnora Umarova, who was herself a talented pianist and a piano teacher at the Uspensky Specialist Music School. I listened to her playing, which sounded beautiful and I assumed I would start learning the same pieces as soon as I began. Naturally…

Katya Grineva, pianist

I loved playing piano the moment I touched it for the first time. There was never a question of me doing anything other than becoming a concert pianist

Jasmina Kulaglich, pianist

success is journeying towards ever more authentic and creative personal expression – never copying but searching for its own inner pearl. If this expression is sincere and profound, in agreement with our soul, the public will feel it

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…

Lucia Brighenti, pianist

I believe that a musician can feel accomplished and successful as long as he/she is staying faithful to his/her own values and beliefs: make music the best you can, love the music you are making and make other people love it; communicate and move people with your music.

Clare Hammond, pianist

Who or what inspired you to take up the piano, and make it your career? That visceral excitement that you get listening to a live performance. I felt transported to another realm and was determined that when I grew up I would be able to inspire this in an audience. Who or what were the…