VIAF: the Islands’ major Classical Music Festival
This year’s 19th edition of the Victoria International Arts Festival, is once again presenting an impressive line-up of musicians from 20 different countries world-wide, who will be performing music ranging from the late Renaissance to the contemporary.
Hosting chamber ensembles made up of duos, string quartets, quintets and sextets, to formations of up to 10 people, it is no wonder that VIAF, “Gozo’s quiet revolution”, has become the islands’ major classical music Festival. With Malta’s finest performing with world-wide famous musicians in the same Festival, this major classical music event has earned the respect of all who have come into contact with it. The Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Joseph Vella, will inaugurate and close the edition, as has been the case for the past 6 years. Chamber ensembles such as the Martinů, Ensemble 4.1, and more, will further enhance the profile of the Festival, which from year to year is growing in stature, strength, and power.
As has been the case from its inception, the organising committee is once again focusing solidly on its educational project, with master classes in no fewer than 7 different disciplines, lectures, workshops, and more.
Consult our website, viaf.org.mt for regular updating on the proceedings.