Jiyeong Mun, pianist

Who or what inspired you to pursue a career in music? None of my family were musicians. But my mom loves classical music and always put on classical music at home when I was a child. I started to learn the piano at the age of 5 and immediately it became the most important in…

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…

Andreas Eggertsberger, pianist

Who or what inspired you to pursue a career in music? As long as I can remember I was totally in love with music. As a kid I was fascinated by the piano as soon as I saw someone playing it on TV. When my parents were visiting friends and they had a piano in…

Avguste Antonov, pianist

Due to the specific repertoire I perform in recitals (American living composers) and the fact that I didn’t win any major competitions, the biggest challenge I have encountered and continue to encounter is getting my name out there, getting my name and the quality of my performances in front of presenters and orchestra directors.

Gabriele Baldocci, pianist

Who or what inspired you to pursue a career in music My father. Although he had nothing to do with music (he was a street cleaner), he bought an old upright piano, years before I was born. He is an extremely sensitive man, an obsessive music collector and an avid consumer. When I was a child, I was exposed to a wide range of…

Christian Ihle Hadland, pianist

Who or what inspired you to pursue a career in music? To sound a little pompous, I think the choice made itself. I never thought of anything else I wanted to do. When I went to gymnasium [secondary school], I chose mathematics, physics and biology to have some sort of backup, but I realized very…