Vadym Kholodenko, pianist

Who or what inspired you to take up the piano and pursue a career in music? My mother was the one who brought me into classical music. She learned to play the piano when she was a child, and in our house we had an upright, not to mention many recordings of classical repertoire. Who…

Nafis Umerkulova, pianist

Who or what inspired you to pursue a career in music? My mother, Gulnora Umarova, who was herself a talented pianist and a piano teacher at the Uspensky Specialist Music School. I listened to her playing, which sounded beautiful and I assumed I would start learning the same pieces as soon as I began. Naturally…