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10th Anniversary of Flagship Classical Music Festival to Take Place in Malta in 2021

The 2021 InClassica International Music Festival brings a star-studded line-up to Malta as it celebrates its 10th year anniversary

From 17 April – 11, May 2021 Malta will host the InClassical International Music Festival, a celebration of classical music welcoming 33 soloists including Martha Argerich, Rudolf Buchbinder, Gautier Capuçon, Danielle De Niese, Daniel Hope, Gidon Kremer, Denis Matsuev, Andreas Ottensammer, Grigory Sokolov and Maxim Vengerov among others.

In addition, the festival will feature a number of renowned orchestras including the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège and others directed by Gergely Madaras, Alexander Shelley, Dmitry Yablonsky, Sergey Smbatyan and other leading conductors.

The festival also welcomes back Alexey Shor as its Composer-in-Residence.

Now established as one of the world’s leading music festivals, for its 10th-year anniversary edition the InClassica Malta International Music Festival is offering music lovers a star-studded line-up in Malta’s historic capital Valletta.

Soloists scheduled to appear in the festival represent some of the biggest names in classical music, including:

  • Triple Grammy Award winner, pianist Martha Argerich;
  • ECHO Klassik Award winner, Gold Medal of Salzburg and Vienna recipient, pianist Rudolf Buchbinder;
  • Legendary pianist Grigory Sokolov;
  • Emmy and ECHO Klassik Award, Orphee d’or winner soprano Danielle de Niese;
  • 7 times ECHO Klassik Award winner violinist Daniel Hope;
  • Leonard Bernstein Award winner, WEMAG-Soloist prizewinner, holder of the ‘Beethoven Ring’ pianist Kit Armstrong;
  • Leader of the London Symphony Orchestra, violinist Roman Simovic;
  • Grammy Award, twice Gramophone Classical Music Award, Classic Brit Award and 5 times Edison Classical Music Award winner Maxim Vengerov;
  • Winner of the prestigious Classical BRIT Award pianist Frederic Kempf;
  • Clarinet soloist at the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra Andreas Ottensamer;
  • Winner of the Tchaikovsky International Competition, famous pianist Denis Matsuev;
  • Grammy Award and International Tchaikovsky Competition winner, violinist Gidon Kremer;
  • Gramophone’s Instrumental Album of the Year winner, Critics’ Choice at the Classic BRITS awards and CBE recipient, cellist Steven Isserlis;
  • Co-leader of the London Symphony Orchestra, violinist Carmine Lauri;
  • Youngest Deutsche Grammophon artist, violinist Daniel Lozakovich;
  • Award-nominated Hyperion recording artist, violist Lawrence Power;
  • Double Second Prize winner at the Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition 2011 and Honorary Ambassador of the Seoul Arts Center, pianist Yeol Eum Son;
  • Gold medallist of the Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, pianist Yekwon Sunwoo;
  • Gold Medal and Audience Award winner at the XCI International Gina Bachauer Piano Competition 2014, pianist Andrey Gugnin.

and many others.

As well as the local Malta Philharmonic Orchestra and Malta Youth Orchestra, visiting orchestras will include the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra (Israel), Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (UK), Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège (Belgium), Russian National Orchestra and Armenian State Symphony Orchestra, with renowned conductors Gergely Madaras, Marius Stravinsky, Michael Francis, Alexander Sladkovsky, Alexander Shelley, Dmitry Yablonsky, Gianluca Marciano, and Sergey Smbatyan.

The festival is organized by the European Foundation for Support of Culture (EUFSC) in collaboration with the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, with the festival concerts being held in one of Malta’s oldest and most prestigious buildings, the 16th century Mediterranean Conference Centre.

The EUFSC’s President, Konstantin Ishkhanov, said:

“After such a difficult year for so many musicians and music-lovers, the EUFSC is thrilled to be able to offer three weeks of outstanding music-making from some of the world’s finest musicians. The setting in Malta couldn’t be more beautiful, and visitors are guaranteed a cultural experience that is unique to this enchanting Mediterranean island.”

In addition to classic works from historic composers, the festival program will also celebrate contemporary works, including from the event’s Composer-In-Residence, Alexey Shor. Mr. Shor currently holds residencies with the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra Academie and Armenian State Symphony Orchestra, and his works scheduled for performance in the festival include the suite from his “Crystal Palace” ballet which was played at the opening of the 40th anniversary of the Gramophone Awards ceremony and the world premiere of his new Violin Concerto.

In addition, this year’s festival will also feature the final stage of the ’14 Ways to Malta’ global piano competition. This event will include 70 participants from 14 preliminary competitions held in cities around the world (Hamburg, Vienna, Washington, Shanghai, Tel Aviv, Tokyo, Rome, Seoul, Zurich, London, Antwerp, Berlin, Moscow, and Yerevan) who will compete in Malta for a total prize fund of €300,000 in the ‘Classic Piano’ Malta International Piano Competition.

Also included in this year’s festival will be the Malta Classical Music Academy, a three-week schedule of masterclasses, lectures, and concerts featuring appearances by celebrated performers and educators. Students will have the opportunity to perform in Academy concerts and masterclasses and benefit from illuminating talks covering a variety of topics including approaches to performance, theory, and repertoire as they learn from distinguished visiting professors.

More information will be released about both of these initiatives in the coming weeks. Prospective participants should visit the websites for each of these events separately in order to register.


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