Malta International Music Festival


26 April — 10 May 2020

Valletta • Floriana

Clarinet & Piano Impressions

La Primavera Kazan Chamber Orchestra

Michael Zukernikconductor(Switzerland )

Duo Tinelli - Mazzoccante(Italy)

Antonio Tinelliclarinet(Italy)

Giuliano Mazzoccantepiano(Italy)

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Michael Zukernik


At the age of 19 years, Michael Zukernik, trained as a classical percussionist, was the youngest member of the Israeli Symphony orchestra Rishon LeZion. During his subsequent career he performed as a solo timpani player with such ensembles as the Spanish Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona y Nacional de Catalunya and the Auckland Philharmonia in New Zealand. His first conducting lessons with Jorma Panula led Michael Zukernik to Finland, Sweden, Germany, Russia and Croatia. He has also participated in master classes with Colin Metter, Leif Segerstam, Otto Werner Mueller, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Vladimir_Ponkin, Gustav Meier, Janosh Fürst, Sir Colin Davis and Pierre Boulez. After extensive conducting studies, he graduated from the Berlin University of the arts, at the University of music and performing arts in Vienna and at the Hochschule für Musik Carl Maria von Weber in Dresden.

Later he took part in the numerous conducting masterclasses in Germany, among others there were the Staatskapelle Weimar, the Symphony Orchestra Wuppertal, the Beethoven orchestra Bonn, the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra, the Göttingen Symphony Orchestra and the Neue Philharmonie Westfalen, the Victoria Hall in Geneva, the Berliner Philharmonie in Berlin Cathedral, the Beethovenhalle in Bonn and the Laeiszhalle in Hamburg. Besides he had several engagements with the Sinfonica di Roma, the Russian State Academic Symphony orchestra Svetlanov, the Russian national orchestra, the State Academic Symphony orchestra of St. Petersburg, the Moscow Symphony orchestra, the Czech Philharmonic chamber orchestra, Manukau City Symphony Orchestra in new Zealand and the Macao orchestra in China. In addition, in the 2011/2012 season he was first guest conductor of the state academic Philharmonic Orchestra in Samara, Russia. Michael zukernik has collaborated with pianist Andrei Gavrilov in particular, performing with him at the Kodály centre in Pécs (Hungary), the Konzerthaus Berlin, the Tonhalle Zurich and the Kultur - und Kongresszentrum Luzern (KKL). In 2002 he founded the Berlin Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra. The Ensemble has played in concert halls in Germany and Switzerland, especially in the Konzerthaus Berlin and the Gewandhaus in Leipzig. Zukernik led his chamber orchestra on a tour of South Korea, where he conducted ten concerts followed by the tour in China. The concerts took place at the Shanghai Opera House and the Cultural Center Beijing, among others. Michael zukernik's Repertoire ranges from baroque to modern opera. He is fluent in Russian, German, English, French, Hebrew and Spanish. He currently lives in Zurich with his wife and two children.

Duo Tinelli - Mazzoccante

The artistic partnership of the DUO Tinelli-Mazzoccante has been agreed by the international critics as follows: “..I am very impressed by the sound beauty, the dynamics quality, the tone colour play, the musical expressiveness and fantasy.” Karl Leister - historical first clarinet of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Herbert von Karajan; “In a word, superbly.” Jerry Dubins Fanfare, USA; “..sound nobility, phrasing sound clearness and expressive naturalness.” Angelo Foletto - Suonare News Magazine; “A scintillating Duo: great bravura, perfect harmony and extreme versatility” M. Del Vaglio - Neaples Blog; “..sound purity, colours variety and intense musical phrasing.” Primo Borali - already first clarinet of RAI and and Scala in Milan; “..the interpretation is deep, touching in the intimist intensity and powerful in the structure. Great!" Sergio Calligaris - Italian-Argentine pianist and composer; "..masterfully interpretation” The Clarinet USA; “..admirable coherence, a whole warm, rich and very charming sound." Giovanni Tasso - Il Giornale della Musica Magazine.

The two artists, who were given several prizes in the most important national and international competitions (International Chamber Music Competition Trapani, International Chamber Music Competition Caltanissetta, Tbilisi International Piano Competition), took part in concert activities as soloists (KIEV RTV Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestra “George Enescu”, Orchestra Internazionale d’Italia, Orchestra Milano Classica, State Philharmonic Orchestra of Romania, Philharmonia of Vilnius, Kaunas Philarmonic Orchestra, Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica de Venezuela, Mersin Opera and Ballet State Orchestra (Turkey) and so on.) and in chamber formations that took place in Italy, Hungary, Germany, Albania, France, Romania, Spain, Arab Emirates, Czech Republic, Turkey, USA, China, Lithuania, Georgia and Croatia.

 The DUO, with an extraordinary charisma and capacity of involvement in their concerts, has emerged on the international scene with the monograph recording dedicated to Johannes Brahms, including two Sonatas op.120 no.1 and no.2 and the Trio op.114 with the cellist Giorgio Casati. The CD, available on and iTunes, is published by Phoenix Classics with international distribution by Ducale Dischi, defined by the historical first clarinet of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Berlin Karl Leister as “magnificent interpretation” and was awarded with 5 stars by the Italian national magazine "Musica". Extraordinary confirmation of the critics has also been achieved by the CD “..Rigor y Pasión..” published by DAD Records, in which the Duo proposes music recorded worldwide preview by the Italian-Argentine composer Sergio Calligaris: “..immediate eloquence and gripping over the audience certainly.” (L. Segalla - Musica).

Since 2008 they have started an exceptional artistic collaboration with the legendary German clarinettist Karl Leister by giving their first performance at the Chamber Music Festival in Chieti. In 2012 will be released a CD of the Trio Leister-Tinelli-Mazzoccante, recorded and published by Camerata Tokyo, as the only recording of the extraordinary career of the great Karl Leister dedicated to this chamber ensemble two clarinets and piano.

La Primavera

Kazan Chamber Orchestra

«If Kazan did not have such an orchestra, it would have to be invented», said one of the guests of the capital of Tatarstan. Kazan Chamber Orchestra La Primavera appeared in 1989, out of enthusiasm of  Rustem Abyazov - the conductor and musicians. A small group of students from the conservatory and a young director of a special musical school gave their first concerts at Kazan University. And quite soon the new group became very famous all over Kazan. Today La Primavera orchestra is one of the best creative ensembles in Russia. Its repertoire includes more than 2000 works by Western European, Russian and Tatar composers from baroque to jazz.

Musicians from Tatarstan are participants of Russian and international festivals, including: Les Classiques de Villars (Switzerland), Musik vid Siljan (Sweden), Musik vid Dellen (Sweden), "Stars of White Nights", "Khibla Gerzmava invites...”, "Europe-Asia", Academy of music "New Itinerants", "Christmas Musical Meetings in North Palmyra", "Youth Academies of Russia", "Siberia-Europe", La Folle Journée - "Mad Days" (Ekaterinburg) and many others.

La Primavera gave concerts in the Great Hall of the Conservatory, the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, the Rachmaninoff Hall (Moscow), the Moscow International House of Music, the Glinka Hall of St. Petersburg Philharmonia, and the Organ Hall of the Perm Philharmonia. The orchestra performed in Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, France, Tunisia, Greece, Israel, China, Turkey, and South Korea, always getting a warm welcome from the public and approval of music critics. In 2018 the orchestra took the Trans-Siberian train trip, giving 13 concerts in the cities of Transsib.

La Primavera gives its own international festivals in Kazan. These are: «Abyazov-Festival» dedicated to synthesis of different cultures; and L'arte del arco («Art of the bow»), which annually introduces public to the work of best contemporary performers of string and bowed instruments.

The participants of these festivals have been Gilles Apap, Stefan Milenkovic, Nikita Borisoglebskiy, Robi Lakatos, Dmitriy Makhtin, Lakshminarayana Subramaniam, Hugo Ticciati, Boris Andrianov, Denis Shapovalov, Monika Leskovar, Jan Krigovskiy, Nicolas Dautricourt, Glinka State Quartet (Russia), Rastrelli-Quartet (Russia-Germany), Graf Murzha, Misha Pyatigorskiy’s jazz trio. Also the orchestra performed with Khibla Gerzmava, Misha Mayskiy, Alena Baeva, Albina Shagimuratova and others.

«La Primavera is one of the best orchestras not only in Russia. I am always amazed by the way they work, by their professionalism and quality of their sound», says the Italian violinist - Domenico Nordio. «Brilliant musicians», - says Gilles Apap. «I have never seen such a large and diverse repertoire for a chamber orchestra. Besides, everything is clear, everything works, everything is always in place», - comments Mark Drobinskiy - the cellist. «One has been admiring the orchestra for many years. The orchestra has a huge repertoire, it is able “to fit” into any soloist, in any musical style», - the Russian radio station «Orpheus» reports in the review. «Every day of the festival L'arte del arco music sounded at the highest level, undoubtedly it would enrich the best stages of the world», - writes the newspaper «Musical Review». 

The orchestra actively gives charity concerts to help children's funds. Every year the orchestra organizes a program for talented students from children's musical schools to support young musicians, the name of the program is «Stars from Tomorrow». It actively promotes the work of contemporary composers.

Rustem Abyazov is a founder, permanent art director and chief conductor of the orchestra, an honored artist of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Tatarstan, a national artist of the Republic of Tatarstan, a laureate of the State prize named after G. Tukay, «Conductor of the Year» according to the All-Russian newspaper «Musical Review» (2002), and an honorary citizen of Kazan.


Sergei Prokofiev

Overture On Hebrew Themes 
For Clarinet, String Quartet
and Piano

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

The Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major K 488


Introduction Theme and Variations for Clarinet and Orch in B flat major 

P.I. Tchaikovsky

Serenade for Strings Op.48

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