CoDI Mentors 2019/20
I began composing at a very young age, and it was always an instinctive process. I would have liked to study composition but I felt it was more likely that I would earn a stable income from playing, so studied violin and viola at the RNCM. Later I applied to study composition at several institutions in the uk and abroad but was not accepted - partly, I was told, because of my tonal style.
It turned out that being a player was an excellent way of learning about composing and scoring, and also a great way to attract commissions!
Never having studied composition formally, I have never felt qualified to teach - but as time goes on I realise I do have my experience to pass on - not just as a working composer, but also as a performer.
I can offer practical advice on career paths, on managing deadlines, on building confidence, and on the administration side of things.
I had to learn skills such as orchestration by trial and error, in professional scenarios, and am still filling gaps in my knowledge. I am always happy to share what I’ve learnt: I am still learning all the time, and always inspired by the journeys of others.