Malta International Music Festival

2020

26 April — 10 May 2020

Valletta • Floriana

26
April
7pm
Classical Phantasms

La Primavera Kazan Chamber Orchestra

Miran Vaupotićconductor(Croatia)

Daniel Lozakovichviolin(Sweden)

Floriana
Robert Samut Hall

Miran Vaupotić

conductor

Acclaimed as "dynamic and knowledgeable" by the Buenos Aires Herald, Croatian conductor Miran Vaupotić performed extensively in Europe, Middle East, the United States, Latin America and Asia conducting many symphony orchestras and ensembles including London Symphony Orchestra with whom he recorded "Tchaikovsky" album for PARMA Recordings, St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra, State Hermitage Orchestra, Russian National Orchestra, St. Petersburg State Capella Symphony, Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, Budapest Symphony Orchestra MÁV, Cairo Symphony Orchestra, Belarusian National Philharmonic, Pannon Philharmonic Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional Argentina, Orquesta Sinfónica UNCuyo, Orchestra Sinfonica di Sanremo, Orchestra Filarmonica della Calabria, Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra, North Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra, State Youth Orchestra of Armenia, Schloss Schönbrunn Orchester, Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, Croatian Radiotelevision Symphony, Zagreb Soloists and many others.

In 2016 he won First Prize and special award at the 12th International Aram Khachaturian Conducting Competition in Yerevan, Armenia.

Miran Vaupotić performed at numerous major halls including the famous Carnegie Hall in New York City, Musikverein in Vienna, Rudolfinum and Smetana Hall in Prague, Cairo Opera House in Cairo, Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing, Oriental Art centre in Shanghai, Tchaikovsky Hall and International House of Music in Moscow, CBC Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto, Victoria Hall in Geneva.

In the summer of 2011 he made his opera debut in the United States, conducting Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro at the Atlantic Coast Opera Festival in Philadelphia. Same year he conducted Astor Piazzolla’s rarely performed tango opera Maria de Buenos Aires in a new fully staged production by Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall in Zagreb, Croatia, directed by Mario Kovač and performed with the Zagreb Soloists, Ivan Filipović Chamber Choir featuring renowned singers Sandra Rumolino, Jorge Rodriguez and Jose Luis Baretto. In 2012 he conducted the Empire Opera premier productions of Waundel Saavedra’s Sweet Dreams and John Alan Rose’s Rumpelstiltskin directed by Tyler Bunch (The Muppets) in New York City at The National Opera America centre, while in 2013 he debuted at the Croatian National Opera in Zagreb with Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia.

Miran Vaupotić led three large China National New Year Tours, with the St. Petersburg State Hermitage Orchestra in 2013, the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra in 2014 and the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra in 2016, performing at most eminent Chinese venues.

A strong advocate for new music he premiered Carlos Franzetti’s Clarinet Concerto, Peter Machajdík’s Farewell Fanfare, Youngkwang Yang’s Korean Folksongs, Roberto Di Marino's Guitar Concerto, Primous Fountain’s Symphony No. 2 commissioned by famous American producer Quincy Jones, and many other works. Miran Vaupotić also premiered opera Jelka written in 1901 by Blagoje Bersa, a Croatian composer of substantial influence.

He recorded his debut album "Elegia" for Classic Concert Records with the Russian Symphony Orchestra Prokofiev featuring works by Di Marino. Recently released on Naxos label album "Sensations" featuring Di Marino and Piazzolla Bandoneon Concertos recorded with the Croatian Philharmonic Orchestra and Italian virtuoso Cesare Chiacchiaretta was quickly followed by recording of album "Mediterranean" with the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra for the same label featuring music of Charles Camilleri.

Miran Vaupotić is the Chief Conductor of the Croatian Chamber Orchestra and is one of international ambassadors for the EMMA for Peace (Euro Mediterranean Music Academy) under the patronage of UNESCO and honorary presidency of Riccardo Muti.

Daniel Lozakovich

violin

Daniel Lozakovich was born in Stockholm in 2001, and began playing the violin in 2007, making his concerto debut with the Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra and Vladimir Spivakov two years later. Daniel has already performed as a soloist throughout Europe with orchestras including the the Orchestre national de France, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Tchaikovsky Symphony, Moscow Philharmonic, National Philharmonic of Russia, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, and the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra. Recently, Daniel made his debuts with Leonard Slatkin and the Orchestre National de Lyon, Vasily Petrenko and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the Orchestre national du Capitole de Toulouse and Lorenzo Viotti, the Swedish Radio Symphony with Robin Ticciati, the Danish National Chamber Orchestra and Adam Fischer.

Daniel has a close collaboration with Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, since they played together during the New Year’s concert 2015 at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow. He returned to the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra to perform the Beethoven violin concerto at the closing anniversary concert of the 15th Moscow Easter Festival, and later at the Stars of the White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg, also the Baltic Sea Festival in Stockholm’s Berwaldhallen and at the Rotterdam Gergiev Festival with Prokofiev concerto. Daniel opened the Münchner Philharmoniker festival, MPHIL 360°, alongside Maestro Valery Gergiev and Munich Philharmonic Orchestra with Mozart violin concerto. He also performed the Bach Concerto for Two Violins with Shlomo Mintz and the Cameristi della Scala and Daniel Cohen at the Crans-Montana Classics 2016 New Year’s Concert.

Daniel has a love of chamber music and has enjoyed collaborations with, among others, Ivry Gitlis, Daniel Hope, Martin Fröst, and Maxim Vengerov. In September 2015, Daniel recorded a selection of Bartók’s Violin Duos with Daniel Hope for Deutsche Grammophon, having previously performed together on ARTE’s Concert television program.
Daniel is a regular performer at the Verbier Festival and many other international music festivals, the Progetto Martha Argerich in Lugano, Corinthian Summer Music Festival in Austria, the Colmar Festival, Moscow Meets Friends, the International Mstislav Rostropovich Festival in Baku, and the Sommets musicaux de Gstaad, where he returned in February 2016 to perform both the Bach Concerto in A minor BWV 1041 and Concerto for Two Violins BWV 1043 with Renaud Capuçon and the Festival Strings Lucerne. He also made his chamber music debut at the Aix en Provence Festival de Pâques in 2016 with Renaud Capuçon, and Khatia Buniatishvili.

Highlights for the 17/18 season include: tours in Japan with Valery Gergiev at the Pacific Music Festival (PMF); Japan tour with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestra conductor Andreas Orozko-Estrada; a return to the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic with Semyon Bychkov and the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse and Tugan Sokhiev; Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France with Krzysztof Urbanski; Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra with Lahav Shani. Daniel will have his debut concerts with the Boston Symphony Orchestra with Andris Nelsons at Tanglewood; Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra; Liege Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with Christian Arming; Orchester der Komischen Oper Berlin; Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai Torino; Gothenburg Symphony; Orchestra of Staatstheater Karlsruhe and Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra with Nikolaj Znaider. Furthermore, he will perform recitals at the Aix en Provence Festival; Salle Molière de Lyon; Les Grandes Voix – Les Grands Solistes; Tonhalle Zürich and return to the Verbier Festival.

At the Festival of the Nations Daniel has been awarded the prize of “The Young Artist of the Year 2017” and will perform with Munich Radio Orchestra and Mischa Damev.
Daniel has been awarded numerous international prizes including the 1st prize at the 2016 Vladimir Spivakov International Violin Competition; both the 1st Prize and the “Grand Prix” at the 2012 EMCY international music competition, “Ohrid PEARLS”, Macedonia; 1st Prize and the “Gulda Nutcracker” at the 12th Nutcracker International Television Contest for Young Musicians in Moscow, 2011; 2nd Prize at the “Yehudi Menuhin International Competition for Young Violinists”, Austin, USA, 2014, and the 2015 Manfred Grommek Prize from Kronberg Academy. Daniel won three prestigious awards: the “Viennese Classics”, “String Soloists”, and “Best Interpretation of Sarasate ‘Gypsy Airs’” at the 2014 International Summer Academy of the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna, Excelentia Prizes under the Honour Presidence of Queen Sofia of Spain.

In June 2016, Daniel Lozakovich signed an exclusive recording deal with Deutsche Grammophon and will begin his long-term cooperation with the label by recording two orchestral albums and a recital disc.
Since 2012, Daniel studies at the Karlsruhe University of Music with Professor Josef Rissin, and he is mentored by Eduard Wulfson. Currently, he is a student at the Collège du Léman in Geneva. In his limited spare time, Daniel enjoys playing football, boxing, tennis and chess.

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.

Programme

W. A. Mozart

Divertimento No. 1 for Strings
in D Major KV136

Concerto for violin and orchestra No. 3 in G Major KV216
(orchestral arrangement by R. Abyazov)

Soloist: Daniel Lozakovich violin

A. Shor

Violin Concerto "Phantasms"

Soloist: Daniel Lozakovich violin

E. Elgar

Introduction and Allegro op.47

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