Joel Jäventausta, composer

Joel Jäventausta is third prizewinner in the 2019 Zemlinsky Competition, an international initiative of the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), which exists to promote and encourage the development of young composers Who or what inspired you to pursue a career in music? When I was 13, my grandfather bought a tiny 2-octave keyboard…

Aya Yoshida, composer

So many people have inspired me; not only composers or musicians but also artists in various disciplines.

Ric Mills, composer

Who or what inspired you to take up composing, and pursue a career in music? It sounds weird to say this but I always felt I was a composer even before I realised I could do it. My earliest musical experiences were with school choir and group guitar lessons – something about the fact that…