Victoria International Arts Festival 2016
Wednesday 8 June – Monday 11 July
Wednesday 8 June Inaugural Orchestral Concert | Godfrey Mifsud (clarinet)/Maria Frendo (soprano)/Malta Philharmonic Orchestra (leader: Marcelline Agius)/Joseph Vella (conductor) – Malta (St George’s Basilica)
Thursday 9 June Duo Aldante and Gregory Daltin | Pierre Henri Xuereb (viola)/Vincent Beer-Demander (mandolin)/Gregory Daltin (accordion) – France (Aula Mgr G. Farrugia)
Friday 10 June* Pianoforte Recital | Young Choon-Park – South Korea (Aula Mgr G. Farrugia)
Exhibition** | Siege Maps: Keeping Memory Safe/Bernardine Scicluna, Curator at the National Museum of Fine Arts – MUŻA, Heritage Malta – Malta (Il-Ħaġar Heart of Gozo)
Saturday 11 June The Oxbridge Organ Duo | Benedict William Lewis-Smith/Julian Mark Collings – England (St George’s Basilica)
Sunday 12 June Cosmos Wind Ensemble | Rebecca Hall (flute)/John McDonough (oboe)/Godfrey Mifsud (clarinet)/Ulrike Buhlmann (bassoon)/José García Gutiérrez (horn) – Canada/England/Malta/Germany/Spain (St Augustine Church)
Monday 13 June Pianoforte Recital | Biliana Tzinlikova – Austria/Bulgaria (Aula Mgr G. Farrugia)
Tuesday 14 June Clarinet and Pianoforte Recital | Jože Kotar/Luca Ferrini – Slovenia/Italy (Aula Mgr G. Farrugia)
Wednesday 15 June Ensemble 4.1 | Jörg Schneider (oboe)/Alexander Glücksmann (clarinet)/Christoph Knitt (bassoon)/Sebastian Schindler (horn)/Thomas Hoppe (pianoforte) – Germany (Aula Mgr G. Farrugia)
Thursday 16 June Alke Quartet | Soh-Yon Kim/Henry Chandler (violin)/Benjamin Charles Harrison (viola)/Karen Louise French (violoncello) – South Korea/England/New Zealand (St Francis Church)
Friday 17 June Anemos Quintet | Filippo Mazzoli (flute)/Marika Lombardi (oboe)/Nicola Zuccalà (clarinet)/Ivan Calestani (bassoon)/Albin Lebossé (horn) – Italy/France (St George’s Basilica)
Saturday 18 June Argotti Ensemble | Maria Conrad/Nemanja Ljubinkovich (violin)/ José García Gutiérrez (horn)/Gisèle Grima (pianoforte) – Malta/Serbia/Spain (Aula Mgr G. Farrugia)
Five Days of Baroque Music
Monday 20 June Vocal and Pianoforte Recital | Valeria La Grotta (soprano)/Attilio Cantore (pianoforte) – Italy (Aula Mgr G. Farrugia)
Magdalene College (Cambridge) Chapel Choir*** | Jonathan Hellyer Jones (Precentor & College Organist) – England (St George’s Basilica)
Tuesday 21 June Le Jardin Musical Ensemble | Christine Antoine (violin/leader)/Katia Lagresle (violin)/Catherine Simon (viola)/Olivier Destéphany (double bass)/Vincent Beer-Demander (mandolin)/Pierre Perdignon (harpsichord) – France (St George’s Basilica)
Wednesday 22 June Harpsichord Recital | Ramona Zammit – Malta (Aula Mgr G. Farrugia)
Thursday 23 June Musica Poetica London | Christopher Webb (bass)/Kate Conway (viola da gamba)/Oliver John Ruthven (harpsichord) – England (Aula Mgr G. Farrugia)
Friday 24 June Pianoforte Recital | Joanne Camilleri – Malta (Aula Mgr G. Farrugia)
Saturday 25 June Royal Conservatoire Brass | Mark James, Jacob Rosenberg, Lloyd Griffin, Kate Cooper (trumpet)/Hayley Tonner (horn)/Ismael Sanchez, Daniel Pickering, Daniel Eddison (trombone)/Josiah Walters (bass trombone)/Callum Reid (tuba)/John Logan (conductor) – Scotland (Il-Ħaġar Heart of Gozo – Roof-Top)
Inauguration of Reconditioned Square Piano**** | Francis James Camilleri – Malta (Il-Ħaġar Heart of Gozo)
Sunday 26 June Vocal Recital | Claire Massa (mezzo-soprano)/Joanne Camilleri (pianoforte) – Malta (Aula Mgr G. Farrugia)
Monday 27 June Aqua d’or Saxophone Quartet | Annie Elise Lundgreen (soprano saxophone)/Ayse Oezbal (alto saxophone)/Simen Kristoffer Hubschle (tenor saxophone)/Vegard Alstad Rukke (baritone saxophone) – Norway (Cittadella)
Tuesday 28 June Gerhard Quartet | Lluís Castan, Judit Bardolet (violin)/Miquel Jordà (viola)/Jesús Miralles (violoncello) – Spain (St George’s Basilica)
Wednesday 29 June The Composer Speaks | Albert Pace – Malta (Aula Mgr G. Farrugia)
Debutants’ Concert | Valentina Rapa (saxophone)/Karl Luke Schembri (male alto)/Daphne Delicata (pianoforte) – Malta (Aula Mgr G. Farrugia)
Thursday 30 June Pianoforte Recital | Chiu Yu Chen – Taiwan (Aula Mgr G. Farrugia)
Friday 1 July Martinů Quartet | Lubomir Havlak, Libor Kanka (violin)/Zbynek Padourek (viola)/Jitka Vlasanková (violoncello) – Czech Republic (St George’s Basilica)
Saturday 2 July Status Piano Quintet | Jaso Sasaki, Sini Maaria Virtanen (violin)/Barbora Hilpo (viola)/Saara Iida-Vilhelmiina Laine (violoncello)/Marko Hilpo (pianoforte) – Japan/Czech Republic/Finland (Aula Mgr G. Farrugia)
Sunday 3 July Pianoforte Duet | Natascha Chircop/Marco Rivoltini – Malta/Italy (Aula Mgr G. Farrugia)
Monday 4 July Trio 2016plus | Viktoria Kurina (violin)/Hrvoje Hresc (violoncello)/Anastasija Govorova (pianoforte) – Upper Austria (Aula Mgr G. Farrugia)
Tuesday 5 July A Shakespeare Celebration | Gillian Zammit (soprano)/Lucia Micallef (pianoforte)/Maria Frendo (commentary) – Malta (Aula Mgr G. Farrugia)
Wednesday 6 July Marylebone Trio | Jemma Lyndall Bausor (oboe)/Helen James (clarinet)/Alexandra Louise Davidson (bassoon) – England (Bishop’s Curia)
Thursday 7 July Violoncello and Pianoforte Recital | Daniel Veis (violoncello)/Helena Veisová (pianoforte) – Czech Republic (Aula Mgr G. Farrugia)
Friday 8 July Accordion Recital | Djordje Gajic – Serbia (St Augustine Church)
Saturday 9 July Caraid Trì | Emily Ruth Mitchel (soprano)/Sarah Louise Burnet (flute)/Jennifer Margaret Barker (pianoforte/composer) – Scotland/USA (Aula Mgr G. Farrugia)
Sunday 10 July Saxophone and Pianoforte Recital | Samuel Frederick Corkin/Timothy Francis End – England (Exhibition Hall, Ministry for Gozo)
Monday 11 July Closing Orchestral Concert | Andrea Gajic (violin)/Malta Philharmonic Orchestra (leader: Marcelline Agius)/Joseph Vella (conductor) – Serbia/Malta (St George’s Basilica)
Artistic Director: Joseph Vella
- All concerts and events are free of charge. Unless otherwise indicated, they start at 2000hrs.
- A donation of 100 Euro enables patrons to have a reserved seat for all concerts and events.
- Master classes in Pianoforte (lower and upper grades), Violin (lower and upper grades), and Brass will be held in June, July, and September. Please see website viaf.org.mt for further details.
- *The concert on Friday 10 June starts at 1930hrs.
- **The exhibition ‘Siege Maps: Keeping Memory Safe’ will be inaugurated at 2030hrs. It will run daily at Il-Ħaġar, Heart of Gozo Museum, between Friday 10 June and Sunday 17 July from 0900hrs to 1700hrs.
- ***This concert will be a lunchtime one, commencing at noon.
- ****The inauguration of the reconditioned square piano will be at 10.30am.