Malta Youth Orchestra
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.
The MYO made its first public appearance in December 2004 during a concert held at the President’s Palace in Valletta under the direction of Michael Laus. Between 2011 and 2014 the MYO rehearsed regularly under the direction of conductor Joseph Vella, and has since then been working with a variety of prominent local and international conductors, including Peter Stark, Robert Hodge, Kelly Kuo and Michalis Economou.
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.
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.
Project Manager: Chris Spiteri
Admin Assistant: Karl Borg
Artistic Programme Developers: Maria Conrad, Jose Garcia Gutierrez
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