David Ireland, bass-baritone

Who or what inspired you to pursue a career in music? Entertaining audiences. Getting a reaction from a group of people, positive or negative, is always special; it’s my main reason for performing. Who or what have been the most important influences on your musical life and career? I’ve met lots of performers since I…

Antonio Gradanti, composer

I’m a very visual person, so the look of a film, how it’s filmed, the angles, and the colour, all play a part in how it sounds.

Martin Tillman, cellist/composer

Who or what inspired you to take up composing, and pursue a career in music? My dad and mom, David and Regina. They ran a music camp every summer on a beautiful mountain top in Switzerland. There was music in the whole house. I always loved music, and there I recognized the cello as a…

Rosita Piritore, composer

The composer must produce what he/she has in his/her mind, pursuing his/her own musical language, but also taking into account particularities of the commission and exploiting them to his/her advantage.

Howard Skempton, composer

I am always seeking to develop my musical language. I hope it is flexible enough to adapt to a wide variety of circumstances.

Sandro Naglia, conductor

The challenge is to enter the deep well of the score, the fulfilment comes when you reach a complete empathy with the players in real time, and this can possibly make the music spring.