Gilbert Isbin, composer

Who or what inspired you to take up composing, and pursue a career in music? I started playing guitar at the age of 18, quite late in fact. And from Leonard Cohen, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, my musical taste wandered in the direction of John Renbourn, a folk guitarist who was heavily influenced…

Dominic Murcott, composer

Who or what inspired you to take up composing, and pursue a career in music? I started drumming when I was 15 as a way of avoiding things in life that bothered me. Along with educating, that was my career for 10 years. At that point a desire to create something of my own gradually…

Raymond Yiu, composer

The main purpose for me as a composer is to communicate ideas, ask questions and trigger emotion in my audience and performers. If someone comes up to me and expresses some form of reaction and thoughts after hearing my music, I think I have succeeded.

Mathieu Karsenti, composer

Find out who you are creatively as an artist and don’t think about fitting in. Go deep within yourself because that’s the only way you will create something that’s true to you.

Mark Bowden, composer

Each piece comes with its own challenges, but these are not frustrations. It is exhilarating to start a new piece and think about how to build its sonic world. I’ve been lucky enough to have huge variety in my work

Christian Clemens Poetzsch, composer-pianist-producer

Who or what inspired you to pursue a career in music? At the age of 10, after 4 years of practising classical etudes on the piano, I started to improvise and write down little tunes for the first time. It was so fascinating for me to build these little musical worlds – I knew instantly…