Maya-Leigh Rosenwasser, performer, improviser & composer

Who or what inspired you to pursue a career in music and who or what have been the most important influences on your musical life and career? The biggest influences in my childhood were my mother and grandfather’s love of classical music. My grandfather was essentially my father growing up and we would spend a…

Joel Lundberg, composer

My music has taken me on a journey around the world. I’ve met people and seen places that would have been impossible if it weren’t for music. Thank you music! For me that’s success. 

Joel Jäventausta, composer

Joel Jäventausta is third prizewinner in the 2019 Zemlinsky Competition, an international initiative of the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), which exists to promote and encourage the development of young composers Who or what inspired you to pursue a career in music? When I was 13, my grandfather bought a tiny 2-octave keyboard…

Tomasz Skweres, cellist & composer

Tomasz Skweres is second prize-winner in the 2019 Zemlinsky Competition, an international initiative of the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), which exists to promote and encourage the development of young composers Who or what inspired you to pursue a career in music? I can’t imagine my life without music. Music is not only…

Aya Yoshida, composer

So many people have inspired me; not only composers or musicians but also artists in various disciplines.