Augustin Viard, ondes Martenot player

Who or what inspired you to pursue a career in music? The first time I heard the sound of the ondes Martenot, it was a true revelation. It was during a concert in Paris and I was so mesmerized that I immediately felt the need to play this instrument. I entered the ondes Martenot class at the Conservatoire de Boulogne-Billancourt and…

Tito Muñoz, conductor

It’s my responsibility to foster an environment in which each performer can do their best. It’s also my responsibility to guide the interpretation of the work, and this can only come from study

Alexander Bedenko, clarinettist

To me success is a dead silence during your performance on stage, when you can hear someone’s breath from the audience and when after the concert you see people’s eyes full of joy and sometimes tears and sense the sincere enrichment of their souls.

Haochen Zhang, pianist

Who or what have been the most important influences on your musical life and career? I would say that there is no single influence in my musical life which I would regard as the most important. I always learn so much from my teachers and friends whose personalities and ideas are vastly different from one…

Leonard Elschenbroich, cellist

The fewer the notes, the better I play. That’s what I learned. Not sure what that says about me. But on a certain level, I feel that my preoccupation with overtones, and a vertical upward and downward connection to the sound – to some kind of ether and to some kind of abyss – takes time

Steve Williamson, saxophonist

Staying true to the art has been very challenging at times. Not everyone will understand your artistic expression all of the time but life is a journey and it’s never static. The truest form of expression to me has no labels – it just is