Malta International Music Festival


26 April — 10 May 2020

Valletta • Floriana

Romantic Violin

La Primavera Kazan Chamber Orchestra

Gianluca Marcianoconductor(Italy)

Haik Kazazyanviolin(Russia)

Marcelline Agiusviolin(Malta)

Robert Samut Hall

Gianluca Marciano


Italian conductor Gianluca Marcianò has been increasingly in demand since his operatic debut with Croatian National Opera in 2007. Praised in the Sunday Times for his “unfailingly theatrical and idiomatic conducting”, Marcianò has strong ties with the opera houses in Oviedo, Minsk, Tbilisi and Yerevan, and within the UK, English National Opera, Grange Park Opera, Longborough Opera and the English Chamber Orchestra.

Marcianò is currently Principal Conductor of the Serbian National Theatre in Novi Sad, Serbia. He is also Artistic Director of the Al Bustan Festival in Beirut, where he has conducted works including Cherubini's Médée, Rossini's Stabat Mater and Berlioz' La Mort de Cléopâtre. He is also founder and Artistic Director of the Festival Suoni dal Golfo in Lerici and Principal Guest Conductor of the National Academic Bolshoi Theatre of Belarus.

Other recent engagements include Turandot and Nabucco for Ópera de Oviedo; La traviata, Madama Butterfly and La bohème for the Lithuanian National Opera; Tosca for Grange Park Opera; Nabucco for the Chelsea Opera Group; Elgar’s Symphony No. 1 in Tokyo; Pagliacci in Moscow and Ernani and La traviata for Lithuanian National Opera.

Haik Kazazyan


Violinist Haik Kazazyan has performed with orchestras such as Orchestra of The Mariinsky Theater, Orchestre National de France, Scottish Royal National Orchestra, Russian National Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Yu. Simonov, Moscow Symphony Orchestra named after E. Svetlanov, Moscow State Symphony Orchestra under P. Kogan, Prague Philharmonic orchestra, Dublin National Orchestra, Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra, Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra, Katowice Radio Symphony Orchestra, Munich Chamber Orchestra, Moscow Chamber Orchestra, ‘Musica Viva’ Orchestra, S.Petersburg, Ekaterinburg, Kazan, Samara Symphony Orchestras and many others.

The musicians Haik worked with as a soloist and chamber musician are conductors Valery Gergiev, Teodor Currentzis, Andrew Litton, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Alexander Liebreich, Alexander Lazarev, Constantine Orbelian, Jonathan Darlington, Ricardo Averbach, Alan Buribayev, Jac van Steen, David Brophy, Pavel Kogan, Alexander Polianichko, pianists Denis Matsuev, Freddy Kempf, Eliso Virsaladze, Aleksey Lubimov, Alex Kobrin, Ekaterina Mechetina, Rem Urasin, violinists Pavel Vernikov, Gordan Nikolitch, Boris Brovtsyn, cellists Natalia Gutman, Alexander Rudin, Alexander Bouzlov, Sergey Antonov, Boris Andrianov and many other great musicians of our generation.

He has performed in many great halls in the world, including Carnegie Hall (Stern Auditorium) in New York, Berlin Philharmonic Hall, in Great, Small and Rakhmaninov Halls of Moscow Conservatory, in Tchaikovsky Hall (Moscow), Victoria Hall in Geneve, Barbican Hall and Wigmore Hall in London, Usher Hall in Edinburgh, Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow, etc.

Haik has been a performer in many festivals like ‘Festival de musique’ of Sh. Mintz,(Switzerland), festival in Verbier, ‘Arts square’ of Yu. Temirkanov (S.-Petersburg), "Crescendo" of D. Matsuev, ‘Moscow Kremlin, Primavera Classica’(Moscow), Tongyeong International Music Festival (South Korea) and others.

His concerts have been broadcasted on TV channels 'Culture' (Moscow), Mezzo, Brusselles TV, Polskie Radio (Poland), BBC radio in London and others.

He studied at Sayat-Nova Music school in Yerevan with professor Levon Zoryan.

Then Haik studied with professor E. D. Grach and chamber music class with Alexander Bonduriansky in Moscow from 1996 to 2000 in Gnessin Music School, from 2000-2006 in Moscow Conservatory.

From 2006-2008 he studied with professor Itzhak Rashkovsky and chamber music with Levon Chilingirian at Royal College of Music in London.


Marcelline Agius


Since she was a child, Marcelline’s dream was always to become a violinst, and join the then Manoel Theatre Orchestra. In fact she did join the orchestra when she was only 17 years of age. Marcelline continued to study in Malta, whilst attending master classes abroad. At the age of 26 she got the post of Leader of the Philharmonic Orchestra, a position which still holds. In this capacity she had the privilege to work with renowed musicians and conductors and had led the MPO to perform in many foreign countries from Europe to China.

In 2006 Marcelline was invited to join the World Philharmonic Orchestra to perform in Paris, under the baton of Japanese Conductor Yutaka Sado, a unique experience which she will never forget.
Marcelline regularly attends Baroque Courses at Marnaves, France under the guidance of Ms Maggie Faultless.

She is a member of the MPO string quartet, and of the Valletta Baroque Ensemble, which incorporates master classes with Ms. Catherine Martin.
Marcelline performs as a soloist, gives recitals, and records both in Malta and abroad.

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.


Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy

String Symphony No. 11
in F major

Concert for Violin
and String Orchestra
in D minor

Soloist: Marcelline Agius violin

Alexey Shor

for violin and orchestra

Soloist: Haik Kazazyan violin

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