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

Philip Hermann, pianist & composer

Be open to try the things you’ve never done before. Sometimes, I hear musicians say that they don’t play this or that style of music because they either don’t feel comfortable with it or simply don’t like it. I experience again and again that beauty can be found in almost every single piece of musi