Jiyeong Mun, pianist

Who or what inspired you to pursue a career in music? None of my family were musicians. But my mom loves classical music and always put on classical music at home when I was a child. I started to learn the piano at the age of 5 and immediately it became the most important in…

Jonathan Biss, pianist

you spend every day touching these masterpieces but you never come to some end point where you can say “that is just the way I want it” because you’re always looking for more in them. That is exactly what is so wonderful about them too, but it is simultaneously what is very difficult

William Youn, pianist

Who or what inspired you to pursue a career in music? Since I first saw the piano at the kindergarten, I somehow immediately felt a strong connection to the instrument and wanted to take piano lessons. My parents didn’t have much knowledge about classical music nor understood what it means to live as a musician….

Nobuaki Fukukawa, French Horn player

The interesting and funny thing about classical music is that musical success doesn’t always equate to commercial success… But specifically regarding success as a musician, I think it would be “to be able to play whichever piece I like whenever I like”.

Marlis Petersen, soprano

Who or what inspired you to take up singing and pursue a career in music? The real vocation to become a singer happened when I joined the church choir in our little town in the South of Germany. The music I encountered was so beautiful and pure that I felt drawn to it and to…

Alessio Bax, pianist

Who or what inspired you to take up the piano and pursue a career in music? I didn’t really pick piano at first. I wanted to play the organ. I loved the sound of it, the huge range of colours and mainly the music of Bach. When I was 9 and it was time to…