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.

James Gilchrist, tenor

… treat every performance as equally important. It’s so easy to say the “big gigs” are the big ones. Of course they are. But the little ones matter just as much. Even more, perhaps

Lilit Grigoryan, pianist

I don’t think there is one definition of success. There is a path to being a musician – being passionate about the music, the instrument, the composers and their works. I think every musician has his or her own way of expressing this passion

Ishay Shaer, pianist

When someone tells me after a concert that they had heard that piece so many times, but that my performance gave them a new perspective of that work, I know I’ve had a little success right there.

Yuanfan Yang, pianist & composer

Who or what inspired you to take up the piano and composing, and pursue a career in music? I first discovered the piano at a friend’s birthday party when I was six years old. They had an upright piano in the living room, and that interesting large object immediately caught my attention as something that…

Elizabeth Sombart, pianist

I think that we are called by the music. Sometimes we have to choose a piece because we are asked to, but I can say that in my life I have had the great luxury of being able to choose the pieces I really felt I had to play.