Malta Youth Orchestra
Clara Galeaflute(Malta )
Mediterranean Conference Centre
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."
Clara studied abroad as a recipient of both the Ian Tomlin Napier/Malta Scholarship and the Malta Arts Scholarship. Clara has also attended several flute masterclasses over the years, some of the most significant of which include Andrea Oliva at the Ticino Musica Festival in 2019, the Galway Flute Festival in 2018 with Sir James and Lady Jeanne Galway, Othonas Gkogkas in 2018 and Katherine Bryan in 2012. Clara has also taken part in diverse musical activities both in Malta and Scotland. The most memorable include a flute and piano recital with Gisèle Grima in June 2019, touring abroad with the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, performing with the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland in China, and performing with duo partner Laura Cioffi (Duo Aulos) as soloists with the Edinburgh Napier Chamber Orchestra.
As a chamber musician, she performs regularly with the Malkonia String Quartet which together they have won the 2019 John Barbirolli competition. Desirée was also given the Bibby Award by the worshipful Company of Cutlers for 2018/19 in the UK.
Currently Desirée is in her postgraduate studies in cello performance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire in London as a Trinity College London Scholar under the guidance of Naomi Butterworth and previously with Richard Markson. She is very grateful for being generously supported by the BOV Joseph Calleja Foundation, Janatha Stubbs Foundation and The Malta Philharmonic Orchestra Scholarship Scheme.
She also graduated with Bachelor of Arts in History of Art and Maltese in 2015 and Master of Arts in Baroque Studies in 2016 at the University of Malta.
Malta Youth Orchestra
Despite being essentially a student orchestra, the MYO tackles core classical repertoire spanning several centuries and genres. The MYO has been busily engaged since its conception in various concerts including participation during Notte Bianca, Christmas concerts, bespoke performances for the Żigużajg Festival and the highly successful MPO & MYO Concerts at Pjazza San Gorg in Valletta.
MYO musicians often perform alongside musicians of the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, fulfilling one of the MYO’s purpose of being an aspirational milestone for Malta’s young musicians, helping to nurture them into becoming the future musicians of the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra and ultimately the catalysts for our country’s cultural development.
The 2018/19 season promises to build on the achievements of the previous one. It has kicked off with the second edition of the MYO Summer Camp, under the direction of renowned Singaporean conductor Darrell Ang and which culminated in an open-air concert at the entrance of Valletta.
The MYO has also maintained its annual appointment with the Żigużajg Festival, MALTA YOUTH ORCHESTRA with this season’s project presenting a special adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s play Peer Gynt, with the orchestra playing the famous incidental music Edvard Grieg penned for the play. MYO musicians have also entertained the crowds in Notte Bianca and the Three Palaces festival.
Another annual tradition for the MYO is its Christmas concert, which will this year see the orchestra team up with another youth ensemble – the jazz orchestra BBB Jnr – for a concert of Christmas-themed swing, jazz and pop numbers.
The MYO will also prepare a concert for Easter, but this time round, this will mark its first participation in the Malta International Music Festival. Together with piano prodigy Laetitia Amodio, the MYO will be debuting in a festival that has hosted world-renowned musicians such as Maxim Vengerov and Grigory Sokolov.
MYO Mission Statement
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. Our purpose is for the MYO to be the aspirational milestone for Malta’s young musicians and for them to become the future musicians of the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra and the catalysts for our country’s cultural development.
Malta Youth Orchestra
Project Manager: Chris Spiteri
Admin Assistant: Karl Borg
Artistic Programme Developers: Maria Conrad, Jose Garcia Gutierrez
Overture to Candide
Concertino for Flute
Soloist: Clara Galea flute
in D minor
Soloist: Desirée Quintano cello