VIAF 2014

Winners of the Upper Austria’s Prima la musica to perform this evening

This evening it’s the turn of a young string quartet from Upper Austria who will be performing for us. This is the Dalton Quartet, made up of Pablo Guijarro and Sebastian Gogl (Violin), Nebojsa Bekcic (Viola) and Marlene Duschlbauer (Violoncello).

This exceptional Quartet are the prize winners of Upper Austria’s national music competition, Prima la musica, and like their Norwegian counterparts, the competition’s organizers have a special relationship with our Festival in that the give the winner of the respective year the opportunity to perform in Gozo during our Festival as part of the prize awarded to them.

This evening’s programme includes works by Schubert, Bach, Paganini, Ysaÿe, Vieuxtemps and Woodborne.

Pablo Guijarro hails from Madrid and commenced his music studies at the precocious age of 3 with Luis Alvarez. He furthered his studies with Mario Peris and is now a student at the prestigious Anton Bruckner Privatuniversität, Linz, tutored by Josef Sabaini.

Sebastian Gogl started his violin studies at the age of 6 and is a student at the prestigious Anton Bruckner Privatuniversität, Linz, tutored by Sabine Nova. Three years ago he got contracted to perform with the highly respected Bruckner-Orchester, Linz.

Nebojsa Bekcic took his first violin lessons at the age of 7 then switched to viola at the age of 16. He is a member of numerous chamber orchestras and ensembles and has won competitions in his native Serbia and beyond. He is currently studying with Predrag Katanic.

Marlene Duschlbauer started her violoncello studies at the age of 6. Since 2010 she has been a student at the prestigious Anton Bruckner Privatuniversität, Linz, under the tuition of Andreas Pötzlberger. She has also attended master classes with Gerhard Darmstadt and Franz Bartolomey.

Come and join us! It starts at 8pm and will take place at St Augustine’s Church in Victoria due to massive road works taking place at the originally scheduled venue – the Cittadella.