Andrés Cárdenes, violinist

Who or what inspired you to take up violin, and pursue a career in music? My parents love music and always had great music playing in our home when I was young. My dad brought home a recording of Viktor Tretyakov playing Paganini Concerto and after that all I wanted to do was play the…

Joo Yeon Sir, violinist

Who or what inspired you to take up the violin and pursue a career in music? It was my parents and their love for classical music that first introduced to classical music. I remember being surrounded by my dad’s extensive LP and CD collections of different genres, having some Mozart quartets or old classic pop…

Elena Urioste, violinist

While hard work, focus, and perseverance are definitely necessary qualities on the path to a successful life in music — whatever that means to you — equally, self-care, compassion, and rest are vital ingredients to a sustainable life and career.

Stephen Waarts, violinist

Sometimes the music that I love the most comes the least easily to me, but it’s hard to know if the difficulty is actually to the benefit of the eventual interpretation or just difficulty. However, as long as I feel I can communicate something special through a piece to the audience, I’m happy to keep exploring.