Robert Thies, pianist

I think we all need to keep exploring and expanding our horizons and experiences. We need to stop comparing ourselves to others, and think more about challenging ourselves to be the best we can be. As Rachmaninoff said, “Music is enough for a lifetime, but a lifetime is not enough for music.”

Artur Cimirro, pianist and composer

Who or what inspired you to pursue a career in music? The mistaken belief that talent will be recognised while living! [laughs] Actually, it is a difficult question because I remember when I was a child I couldn’t understand why people listened to music. Then I started learning the acoustic guitar, and I asked my…

Vadym Kholodenko, pianist

Who or what inspired you to take up the piano and pursue a career in music? My mother was the one who brought me into classical music. She learned to play the piano when she was a child, and in our house we had an upright, not to mention many recordings of classical repertoire. Who…

Jakub Niewiadomski, pianist

Who or what inspired you to take up piano, and pursue a career in music? When I was four years old, I was impressed by a TV concert. My grandfather gave me an accordion. Teachers told my parents that I needed to start from the piano. Since then, the piano has been my companion. Who…

Nino Gvetadze, pianist

With every new piece or reperformance you need to find a key that opens many doors. To find that thread, that comes from composer, passes through you and reaches the audience is always a great challenge…

Alfredo Ovalles, pianist

The first memories I have of wanting to be a musician come from watching Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson performing, which made me think being on a stage would be a lot of fun. To this day, the stage is one of my favourite places and is where I feel the most comfortable