15 APRIL - 1 MAY 2018

Valletta

Composers

Alexey Shor

The Kiev born, American-Maltese composer Shor surprises audiences and critics with his commitment to long-established harmony, romantic emotionality and distinguished taste. His style is apparently simple, yet demanding for the performers, requiring a strong personality of the artists who dedicate themselves to Shor’s music. While his compositions may seem eclectic, at a first sight, they reflect traditions and history of music with self-confidence. Shor’s unique and distinctive voice is not afraid of pleasing the audience and giving instrumentalists a possibility to showcase lyricism and elegance of expression.

Shor’s compositions sound around the world and have been performed by orchestras like the Malta Symphony Orchestra, State Youth Orchestra of Armenia, St. Petersburg State Capella Symphony Orchestra, Viva Musica, the Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire, the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra, the Slovak Sinfonietta, the Hannover Staatsoper, and the Brandenburg State Orchestra and others.

His music have been featured at the Malta International Music Festival, Verbier Festival in Switzerland, German Piano Open, the Aldeburgh Festival in the United Kingdom, the Shanghai International Piano Festival, at St Petersburg State Capella, Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center in DC, the “Ateneul Roman” Concert Hall (Bucharest), the Rachmaninov Concert Hall, Moscow Conservatory, the Salle Cortot (Paris), the Glenn Gould Studio (Toronto), the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Audiences have heard his music at concerts in Malta, Germany, Italy, South Korea, Ukraine, Russia, Romania, Slovakia, Israel, Malta, USA, Canada and Mexico, among other countries.

Alexey Shor’s compositions have been showcased on Fox Business News and the websites of Bloomberg News, the New Yorker, Yahoo and the Huffington Post.

Alexey Shor is the Composer-In-Residence for the Malta Symphony Orchestra Academie (Valetta) and Salomé Chamber Orchestra (New York City). In 2017/2018 he is also a composer in residence of the Malta International Piano Festival and Competition, as well as the 11 competitions leading up to it. His works are published by Breitkopf&Hartel. His music appeared on major music labels like Warner classics and Decca.

Alexey Shor’s works have been performed by many internationally acclaimed soloists and ensembles like (in alphabetical order) Alliage Quintett, Nareh Arghamanyan, Sergey Babayan, Alexander Bouzlov, David Aaron Carpenter, Asya Fateeva, Andrey Gugnin, Narek Hakhnazaryan, the Khachaturian Trio, Roman Kim, Jan Lisitski, Alissa Margulis, Yuri Margulis, Sabine Meyer, Nikita Mndoyants, Julian Milkis, Alexander Romanovsky, Yuri Rozum, Alexander Rudin, Karen Shahgaldyan, Natalia Sokolovskaya, Balázs Szokolay, Daria Tschaikowskaja and many others.

Ballet “Crystal Palace” based on Alexey Shor’s music, with leading stars from Bolshoi, Mikhailovsky and La Scala, was performed in Valetta on July 21, 2017, as part of the celebrations of 50 years of the diplomatic relations between Malta and Russia.

 

Joseph Vella

Joseph Vella is Malta’s most widely played composer. Born in 1942, Vella studied at the London College of Music, the University of Durham and with Franco Donadoni. Together with Verena Maschat he set up the School of Music in Valletta and was appointed Associate Professor of Music at the University of Malta. Vella has a considerable diversity of styles, ranging from neo-classical to romantic and modernistic influences. Though his music is basically atonal, his compositions are accessible and effective, weaving abstract musical lines and exploring the inherent musicality of the Maltese language.

As a conductor, Vella has a wide repertoire and collaborated with many orchestras. His association with the Malta Choral Society was long and fruitful. He is the musical director of the Astra Opera Theatre in Gozo, and was appointed the first resident conductor of the National Orchestra in Malta.

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