Inspired By

An exciting series of concerts profiling young composers from the EU inspired by great composers. Presented by EUNIC in partnership with the European Commission in London.

Inspired by Martinu / 2015

Inspired by Martinů explores the fascinating oeuvre of the 20th century Czech composer through London’s contemporary classical and electronic music scene as represented by artists around the acclaimed Nonclassical label led by its founder, composer and DJ Gabriel Prokofiev.

On 21 October 2015, Nonclassical artists was joined live onstage by piano virtuoso Lada Valešová, violin wunderkind Tereza Anna Přívratská and vibrant soprano Lucie Špičková in a unique attempt to reimagine Martinů’s most influential chamber pieces by creating real-time improvised soundtracks, avant-garde audiovisual installations and once-in-a-lifetime musical reworks.

21 October 2015 at the Forge in Camden. Read more here

Inspired by Britten / 2013
The ‘Inspired by…’ series continued with a concert that celebrates, in an ingenious manner, the personality and the work of the great composer, pianist and conductor Benjamin Britten, 100 years after his birth.

Four rising stars of UK’s contemporary music scene, known as the Mercury Quartet – Vlad Maistorovici, Romania (violin), Harry Cameron-Penny, Great Britain (clarinet), Corentin Chassard, France (cello) and Antoine Francoise, Switzerland (piano) – presented an original interpretation of major works inspired by the British composer.

12 December 2013 at the Romanian Cultural Institute. Read more

Inspired by Debussy / 2012

As a year of celebrating Debussy was drawing to its close, this concert featured a mixed programme of original and specially commissioned works  Inspired by Debussy. It also celebrated Cyprus’s Presidency of the European Council with a work written by  one of  Cyprus’s leading contemporary composers.

The young composers Evis Sammoutis, from Cyprus, Malle Maltis from Estonia,  Thomas Oehler from France and Dobromila Jaskot from Poland have been chosen because of their established reputation in their own countries and their growing reputation abroad .The musicians were the award-winning Mercury Quartet rising stars of the UK and Europe’s contemporary music scene. They were joined by Ana de la Vega flute, Claire Iselin harp, and internationally acclaimed mezzo soprano Loré Lixenberg.

Monday 26 November 2012, Kings Place / London