15 APRIL - 1 MAY 2018



Alexey Shor

Alexey Shor was born in Kiev and now lives in New York. His works have been performed around the world by such orchestras as the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Armenian State Symphony Orchestra, Armenian National Philharmonic Orchestra, 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, the Brandenburg State Orchestra and others. His music has been featured at the Malta International Music Festival, Verbier Festival in Switzerland, “Armenia” Festival in Yerevan, Eurasian Music Games, German Piano Open, the Aldeburgh Festival, 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), Robert-Schumann-Saal (Düsseldorf), the Salle Cortot (Paris), the Glenn Gould Studio (Toronto), Khachaturian Hall (Yerevan), MCC (Malta), the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and many others. His compositions have been showcased on Fox Business News and the websites of Bloomberg News, the New Yorker, Yahoo and the Huffington Post.

Mr. Shor is the Composer-In-Residence for the Malta Philharmonic 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.

CDs with his compositions have been issued by Warner Classics, DECCA, SONY Classics and Delos. See here for details.

Mr. Shor’s works have been performed by many internationally acclaimed soloists and ensembles, for example (in alphabetical order), Alliage Quintett, Nareh Arghamanyan, Sergey Babayan, Alexander Bouzlov, David Aaron Carpenter, Fauré Quartett, Andrey Gugnin, Narek Hakhnazaryan, Khachaturian Trio, Roman Kim, Jan Lisitski, Sabine Meyer, Nikita Mndoyants, Julian Milkis, Aiman Mussakajayeva, Andreas Ottensamer, Alexander Romanovsky, Yuri Rozum, Alexander Rudin, Karen Shahgaldyan, Denis Shapovalov, Natalia Sokolovskaya, Balázs Szokolay, Maxim Vengerov and many others.

Ballet “Chrystal Palace” based on Alexey Shor’s music, with leading stars from the Bolshoi Theater was performed in Valetta on July 21, 2017,

as part of the celebrations of 50 years of the diplomatic relations between Malta and Russia. The Overture to the ballet was performed at the 40th Gramophone Classical Music Awards ceremony in London.

Mr. Shor’s scores are published by Breitkopf & Hartel.

He also holds a Ph.D. in mathematics.

Joseph Vella

Joseph Vella was born in 1942, and passed away suddenly on 25th february 2018. Vella studied at the London college of music, the University of Durham and with Franco donadoni. Together with Verena Maschat he set up the Johann Strauss school of music in Valletta. He was appointed associate professor of music at the university of malta.

Vella had a considerable diversity of styles, ranging from neo-classical to romantic and modern influences. Though his music was basically atonal, his compositions were accessible and effective, weaving abstract musical lines and exploring the  inherent musicality of the maltese language.

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

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