Noa Wildschut, violinist

Who or what inspired you to pursue a career in music? In the past years I experienced many musical adventures and met many people and other musicians. This inspired me very much and has given me a lot of energy and motivation. I grew up in a musical family who are also very important to…

Dinis Sousa, conductor

Who or what inspired you to take up conducting and pursue a career in music? I had a slightly complicated path towards becoming a musician, not always knowing that I was going to do it. As a kid I always loved music, but I never seriously considered a career in music as it didn’t seem…

Christopher Willis, composer

Who or what inspired you to take up composing, and pursue a career in music? I can hardly remember not being drawn to music. I began tinkering with it when I was very little. Music has always seemed to me slightly not of this world: it’s this mysterious phenomenon that defies easy explanation. I used…

Gavin Luke, pianist & composer

Who or what inspired you to take up composing, and pursue a career in music? I’ve always had an innate attraction to music. My mother often told me stories about how, as a toddler, music was the only thing that would calm me when I was upset. Composing began very early in my life. It…

Alexey Shor, composer

Whether a piece is commissioned or not, the challenge is always the same: to write something that I feel I would enjoy listening to as an audience member. A lot of music gets discarded because it does not pass that test.