Gila Carcas, composer

Who or what inspired you to take up composing, and pursue a career in music? I was brought up in a musical family. Although my father was a bank manager, he nearly became a professional musician when he was younger. In his spare time, he played the viola and conducted choirs. My mother was a…

Matias Piegari, composer

One special challenge of film music is understanding that each score is completely different from another. Every director will have a different point of view of what they want, so the process of figuring out what is it that they need will always be different. Filmmakers very rarely speak in musical terms. They communicate with feelings and emotions, so it is my job to figure out how to put those emotions into musical sounds to meet their vision.

Stuart Hancock, composer

Recognise opportunities when they present themselves and work hard to make a success of them. Develop a thick skin and don’t be precious about your work (especially in commercial, film and television Music!) Be versatile, sociable and likeable and someone people want to work with!

Ralf Schmid, pianist & composer

The idea comes to me in an unexpected situation. With a sketchbook or a dictation app I grasp the initial thing and work it out later, mostly on the piano. I constantly switch between the composer and the listener’s chair.