Gila Carcas, composer

Who or what inspired you to take up composing, and pursue a career in music? I was brought up in a musical family. Although my father was a bank manager, he nearly became a professional musician when he was younger. In his spare time, he played the viola and conducted choirs. My mother was a…

Rafael Marino Arcaro, composer

My compositional language has shifted slowly over the years, although the way I structure music and my artistic goals have not changed much. During the past few years I have been mostly influenced by the sound of Brazilian native element

Martin Kohlstedt, composer & pianist

Who or what inspired you to pursue a career in music? The urge came from the inside, with very few outside triggers. I found no other way then to misuse the untuned piano in the living room to pick apart my inner workings as a twelve-year-old. The reason was seldom of the normal, “inspirational“ nature…

Avguste Antonov, pianist

Due to the specific repertoire I perform in recitals (American living composers) and the fact that I didn’t win any major competitions, the biggest challenge I have encountered and continue to encounter is getting my name out there, getting my name and the quality of my performances in front of presenters and orchestra directors.

Ligeti Quartet

One thing we love about playing modern and new music is the range of experiences that the music can offer: some pieces demand an emotional response, some are more experimental or Zen, some are purely intellectual, and some are connected to the wider world (including nature, science, history, and politics). We believe we have succeeded if we can communicate some of that experience to the audience.