29 April —10 May 2019


Young Classical Stars with Malta Youth Orchestra

Malta Youth Orchestra

Peter Stark conductor

Laetitia Amodio piano

Stefan Calleja violin




Peter Stark


"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."

Laetitia Amodio


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.




Léo Delibes


Prelude & Mazurka
from 'Coppelia'


Edvard Grieg


Piano Concerto in A minor op. 16

Soloist Laetitia Amodio


Pablo de Sarasate


Zigeunerweisen Op. 20

Soloist Stefan Calleja




Capriccio Espagnol

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.

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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