Yuri Zhislin, violinist

Never stop learning and trying out new ideas. Slowing down is a luxury that we, people involved in arts, simply cannot afford.

Katherine Hunka, violinist

Success for me is to be continually growing artistically, and therefore an inspiration to those we collaborate with. I find it unhelpful to think too much about how an audience will receive what I do (other than when programming). Success for me means staying true to myself.

Howard Skempton, composer

I am always seeking to develop my musical language. I hope it is flexible enough to adapt to a wide variety of circumstances.

Nicolas Dautricourt, violinist

Who or what inspired you to pursue a career in music? Many things and many people have inspired me, and sometimes they are very different from each other. Throughout life should we cultivate what we have, or should we try to acquire what we DON’T have? It’s a crucial question and I think that somehow,…

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