Composer Kaija Saariaho helped Portugal’s Vasco Mendonça to develop his musical personality, technique and understanding, giving him the right ingredients to advance his artistic expression.
Driven by the same passion for music and a history of creating songs with political overtones, Gilberto Gil and Dina El Wedidi have forged a close relationship. The Brazilian icon has been assisting the young Egyptian achieve her dream of an international career.
The mentor and protégé are both artists whose curiosity lead them beyond music composition, with a shared determination to create the art of the future.
Both artists were intrigued by the discovery of a totally new world of music and a deep commitment to a variety of causes. Both were rewarded by the other’s talent and passion.
"There are degrees of talent, but when you have a David Carpenter, that's unique... He has this wonderful sound," said Zukerman of his young protégé.
Susan Platts and Jessye Norman started out with points in common. By the end, they also had developed a strong friendship that continues well beyond the mentoring year.
Beyond his desire to succeed, it was Caballé-Domenech’s passion for music that caught Sir Colin’s eye. “He’s pretty wild. One should be wild when one is young.”
July 2015 Vasco Mendonça finds he has a great affinity with his mentor, Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho.
March 2015 Martínez used his home town in the Honduras as the inspiration for latest compilation.
October 2014 Dina El Wedidi’s mentor contributed a song to her first album, a compilation of songs with social and political themes.