I've always had music around me to some extent and started playing keyboards at around 7 years old , albeit briefly. Followed by guitar at age 12, when I got my first classical guitar....when I found the electric guitar I never looked back!
I started playing the violin at age 7. My first teacher was Natakia Gudkov, a lovely lady who also introduced me to reading, one of my life-long hobbies. I began to compose in earnest after reading "The Creative Spirit".
I'm a late started musician. When I was young, I never wanted to go in Conservatory, as my parents would had wanted !
And one day, it happend. I was 16 years old, when I went to a concert. It was an organ and choir concert (I was there because my mother sang in the choir !). During all the performance, I watch just the organ. This instrument fascinated me ! I decided to study music because I wanted to play organ absolutely.
More and more I studied, it was sure for me that I wished to do music as my job.
I can say that nobody introduced me, actually. I've just met determinant people whom I learnt very much from. But you know, there is nobody really to help you in this "job". You have always to prove your qualities by yourself. And not only in the beginning, but all life long !
My Dad was a minister. At first, we didn't have the funds for me to have a piano or lessons, but we lived right next to the church, where I spent many hours exploring sounds on the pianos there. One of the members of my Dad's church was the conductor of the Dallas Symphony. In return for letting him use church classrooms for auditions, my Dad asked if he would talk with me about music. At age 10, I had lunch with him, and he enthusiastically shared with me (treating me as a fellow musician) things about colorful orchestral pieces. I first heard the music of Sibelius performed live and, being a fellow nature-freak, fell in love with it.
When I was 12 years old, my Dad bought a piano, and I started lessons with a man who directed another church's choir. He nurtured me as a piano player, a budding composer and a shy boy. At about that time, my family attended church retreats at Ghost Ranch in northern New Mexico. The color and space there stimulated "ecstatic" (in its original Greek usage—ek statis—“standing outside ourselves’’) connections in my young (but old) soul. I composed short pieces on the piano in the convocation hall. Upon returning home, I was amazed at the color and "space" that seemed to have been trapped in those little pieces, so I vowed to live and compose someday in such a place.
I began teaching myself at about ten years old by copying recording of blues, jazz and rock players.
I think I am one of the few Italians who gained profit from the weekly hour of Music at the Secondary School. I started to play recorder and guitar when I was twelve. I liked classical music, but not opera. Later, a friend of mine made me discover baroque vocal music and Mozart's "Don Giovanni", and I started to sing in a "semilyric" way. I participated, as an amateur, to a concert where someone (whom I actually never met) listened to me and made me know that, in her opinioon, my voice was worth to be cultivated.
I began with singing, when I was a little child in the kindergarten.
When I was 8 years old I started singing in the Mädchenchor Hannover and in the children chorus of the opera house Hannover. And I had piano lessons since I was 8 years old.
Well I guess it was when I started with playing the recorder like many wind players- in my primary school with Mr Stevenson (who recently came to a recital I did in Nottingham, my home city). I have no idea really why I went on to choose the clarinet, but I did- and that followed with 6 or 7 years with Barbara Burton, my clarinet teacher who I owe a great deal to. The foundations are the crucial part, not only did she provide me with all the correct technical skills, but also with an inspiration that has motivated me to where I am now.
I wrote my first song when I was about 10 years old. It was about a girl I thought I was in love with.
My interest in music began from my love of the piano - my interest and passion in composition shortly followed.
My mother was the biggest influence to me. She taught me to play the piano. I then went on to learn classical guitar, electrical guitar, and bass guitar. While I have not played the piano or the guitar for along time, I do enjoy playing the clarinet very much, and it is much my instrument these days.
Right from an early age, I started writing music, I love the creative process.
I find that inspiration comes to you at all times of the day and night.
My parents, they are both musicians.
I began learning the piano at the age of four. It came about through my own drive to do so.
The radio and TV, and a piano at an aunt's house
Since it is parody, it just comes natural for me. My odd sense of humor brings out the talent. I can listen to any song and the words pop into my head. It is the way my brain works.