Young Classical Stars with Malta Youth Orchestra
Malta Youth Orchestra
Peter Stark conductor
Laetitia Amodio piano
Stefan Calleja violin
Peter Stark (conductor)
Laetitia Amodio (piano)
Stefan Calleja (violin)
"Peter Stark’s performances are exhilarating, imaginative and thought-provoking. His teaching has inspired thousands of musicians across the world. At the heart of all Peter’s work as conductor, teacher and consultant lies a passion and commitment to the study and practice of music to profit humanity.
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Peter has conducted a large number of the world’s leading ensembles including London Symphony Orchestra, Hallé, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and English Chamber Orchestra. He has assisted many of the world’s finest conductors including Pierre Boulez, Sir Colin Davis, Bernard Haitink, Lord Menuhin, Sir Roger Norrington and Klaus Tennstedt.
Peter’s reputation as a teacher and trainer is renowned. He is Professor of Conducting at the Royal College of Music in London and Rehearsal Director of the European Union Youth Orchestra. He was Conductor-in-Residence with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain for 25 years. From 2015 he has given regular masterclasses in five of the major conservatories in China, and at the State Conservatory of St Petersburg. In the current season Peter conducts performances in China, Norway, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates, as well as many venues across Europe. In 2017 he was appointed Principal Conductor of the Arabian Youth Orchestra and in 2018 Principal Guest Conductor of the Singapore National Youth Orchestra.
An increasing interest in media work was originally inspired by his involvement in the BBC 2's series 'Maestro' and ‘Maestro at the Opera’ when, as Series Consultant he presided over the teaching of celebrity ‘students’. Peter has also featured on BBC 4 as a 'Maestro Cam' expert for BBC Promenade concerts. He is currently engaged in writing book on the psychology of leadership, using the relationship between conductor and orchestra as his vehicle."
Maltese pianist Laetitia Amodio, 17 years, showed a great musical talent at a very young age. By the age of thirteen, she had achieved the ALCM, LLCM, DipABRSM (distinction), FLCM and LRSM diplomas in piano performance under the tutorship of her mother. Laetitia is currently a specialist Musician in the upper sixth at the Wells Cathedral School in the UK and has been studying under the tutorship of the Head of Keyboard, John Byrne, for the past three years. While in Wells she has achieved "Outstanding Certificates" during the Mid-Somerset Festival in 2017 and 2018 among other achievements.
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As an active performer, Laetitia has participated in many competitions, both nationally and internationally, and has been awarded first prize in seven International Piano Competitions in Trapani (Sicily), Bologna (Italy), Barletta (Italy), Valletta (Malta), Sanremo (Italy), London. In addition to having won the IBLA Grand Prize competition in Sicily, she was named ‘the Most Distinguished Musician’. As a result, Laetitia was offered a two-week scholarship at the Kent State University in Ohio, USA in 2016 where she performed at the Severance Hall in Cleveland. She also participated in further International Piano Competitions and placed 3rd in Ukraine, Germany and
More recently, Laetitia won the Concerto Competition in Wells Cathedral School and she will be performing Grieg’s Piano Concerto in July 2019 in the prestigious Cathedral in Wells.
Laetitia is a familiar performer in Malta as she participated in various international festivals, masterclasses and concerts. Masterclasses, some of which given by Brian Schembri (Malta), Barry Douglas (UK), Christopher Elton (UK), Michael Young (UK), Vanessa Latarche (UK), Yuri Didenko
(Russia), Nikita Fitenko (USA), Arkady Zenziper (Germany), Nina Tichman (Germany) and Veronique Muzy (France) have truly helped enhance her musicianship. In April 2016, she also had the honour to perform a solo recital at the President's Palace in Malta as part of the International Spring Orchestra Festival.
Recently Laetitia has been offered places and scholarships at 4 top conservatoires in the UK and she will be starting her degree course in piano performance at the Royal College of Music in London from September 2019. This conservatoire is where she is willing to pursue her musical studies and grow and develop as a musician.
LAETITIA IS A SCHOLAR OF THE JOSEPH CALLEJA BOV FOUNDATION
Prelude & Mazurka
Piano Concerto in A minor op. 16
Soloist Laetitia Amodio
Pablo de Sarasate
Zigeunerweisen Op. 20
Soloist Stefan Calleja
Born in 1995, Stefan Calleja started violin lessons at the age of seven under the guidance of Fiona Giambra, later obtaining the Licentiate of the Royal School of Music through the direction of Mario Bisazza. In 2017 Stefan graduated from the University of Malta with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Music Studies under the tuition of Natalia Filipenko.
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Stefan is currently reading for a masters' degree in music at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance with Clare Thompson, as a Trinity London College Scholar and Barbara and David Allen Scholar. In 2017-2018, he was on an internship scheme with the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra and is regularly invited to join the orchestra for concerts and tours. He has also performed with other orchestras including the European Union Youth Orchestra, Mediterranean Youth Orchestra, European Union Campus Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (side by side concert), Commonwealth Youth Orchestra, Stoneleigh Youth Orchestra and the University of London Symphony Orchestra. With these orchestras, Stefan had the opportunity to travel around the globe and perform in some of the best concert halls in North America, Europe and Asia. As a solo and chamber performer, he has been invited to play several recitals around the island of Malta as well as touring in Italy as a duo with Desirée Quintano, playing violin and cello recitals in August 2016.
Since 2013 Stefan has been the concertmaster of the Malta Youth Orchestra and has appeared as a soloist with the same orchestra in 2013, performing Corelli Concerto Grosso, and in 2017, performing Bruch’s Violin Concerto. In 2018 Stefan has performed Joseph Vella’s Raspodija Maltija as a soloist in a joint concert with the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra and Malta Youth Orchestra.
He has also attended several masterclasses with acclaimed musicians such as Carmine Lauri, Salvatore Accardo, Natalia Lomeiko, Yuri Zhislin, Kati Sebestyén, Brian Lewis, Igor Petrushevski and Gottfried Schneider. Stefan has also worked with distinguished conductors through his orchestral career including Gianandrea Noseda, Manfred Honeck, Vasily Petrenko, Alain Altinoglu, Daniele Gatti, Lawrence Renes and Peter Stark.
In 2018 and 2019 Stefan was nominated by the Malta Arts Council as a finalist in the category of Young Artist of the Year. He is very grateful for the academic sponsorships offered by the BOV Joseph Calleja Foundation and Janatha Stubbs foundation.
The Malta Youth Orchestra
The Malta Youth Orchestra (MYO) aims to skill Malta’s talented young orchestral musicians, while giving them opportunities to develop their ambition and aspirations. Operating in collaboration with the MPO Academy, the MYO nurtures a sense of professionality in our young musicians, through regular rehearsals, workshops, masterclasses and performances with local and international music tutors.
The MYO made its first public appearance in December 2004 during a concert held at the President’s Palace in Valletta under the direction of Michael Laus. Between 2011 and 2014 the MYO rehearsed regularly under the direction of conductor Joseph Vella, and has since then been working with a variety of prominent local and international conductors, including Peter Stark, Robert Hodge, Kelly Kuo and Michalis Economou.
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Despite being essentially a student orchestra, the MYO tackles core classical repertoire spanning several centuries and genres. The MYO has been busily engaged since its conception in various concerts including participation during Notte Bianca, Christmas concerts, bespoke performances for the Żigużajg Festival and the highly successful MPO & MYO Concerts at Pjazza San Gorg in Valletta.
MYO musicians often perform alongside musicians of the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, fulfilling one of the MYO’s purpose of being an aspirational milestone for Malta’s young musicians, helping to nurture them into becoming the future musicians of the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra and ultimately the catalysts for our country’s cultural development.
The 2018/19 season promises to build on the achievements of the previous one. It has kicked off with the second edition of the MYO Summer Camp, under the direction of renowned Singaporean conductor Darrell Ang and which culminated in an open-air concert at the entrance of Valletta.
The MYO has also maintained its annual appointment with the Żigużajg Festival, MALTA YOUTH ORCHESTRA with this season’s project presenting a special adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s play Peer Gynt, with the orchestra playing the famous incidental music Edvard Grieg penned for the play. MYO musicians have also entertained the crowds in Notte Bianca and the Three Palaces festival.
Another annual tradition for the MYO is its Christmas concert, which will this year see the orchestra team up with another youth ensemble – the jazz orchestra BBB Jnr – for a concert of Christmas-themed swing, jazz and pop numbers.
The MYO will also prepare a concert for Easter, but this time round, this will mark its first participation in the Malta International Music Festival. Together with piano prodigy Laetitia Amodio, the MYO will be debuting in a festival that has hosted world-renowned musicians such as Maxim Vengerov and Grigory Sokolov.
The Malta Youth Orchestra (MYO) aims to skill Malta’s talented young orchestral musicians, while giving them opportunities to develop their ambition and aspirations. Operating in collaboration with the MPO Academy, the MYO nurtures a sense of professionality in our young musicians, through regular rehearsals, workshops, masterclasses and performances with local and international music tutors. Our purpose is for the MYO to be the aspirational milestone for Malta’s young musicians and for them to become the future musicians of the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra and the catalysts for our country’s cultural development.
Project Manager: Chris Spiteri
Admin Assistant: Karl Borg
Artistic Programme Developers: Maria Conrad, Jose Garcia Gutierrez
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