Malta International Music Festival



15 June - 13 July 2022


South Czech Philharmonic

Miran Vaupotićconductor(Croatia)

Giuliano Mazzoccantepiano(Italy)

St Julian’s
Hilton, Grand Masters suite



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.



Born in Chieti, he studied under the guidance of Lucia Passaglia at the Conservatory “L. Cherubini” in Florence graduating with highest honours. He participated as a student performer on a three-year piano perfection course at the “Accademia Musicale Umbra” where he achieved a “Diploma of Excellence”. Later, he participated in the “International Master Classes” in Klaipeda (Lithuania), held by Lazar Berman. With him, his concert repertoire deepened and improved with particular attention to the music of F. Liszt, at the European Academy of Music, Erba (CO). He perfected Chamber Music at the International School of Chamber Music in Duino under the guidance of “Trio of Trieste” achieving a “Diploma with Merit”. He has won national and international competitions, including “M. Clementi” in Florence, “Agorà 80″ in Rome, “F. Liszt” in Lucca, and “Città di Stresa”. In 1997 he won second prize at the ‘T. I. M. ” – International Music Tournament; in 1998, he was awarded the prestigious “Prix Venice”; in 1999 he won second prize at the international competition “Ecomusic” of Monopoli (BA); in 2002 was the winner of the 40th International Piano Competition “Arcangelo Speranza” in Taranto. In October 2009 he was awarded in the “4th International Tbilisi Piano Competition” in Georgia (WFIMC).


Considerable concert activity has seen him engaged both as a soloist and as a chamber musician at major Italian venues and overseas such as, Milan (Teatro Dal Verme, Casa Verdi), Rome (Palazzo Venezia, Instituto Cervantes), L’Aquila (Teatro Comunale), Trieste (Teatro Verdi, Museo Revoltella), Bologna (Sala Mozart della Filarmonica, Sala Bossi del Conservatorio), Perugia (Sala dei Notari), Venice (Palazzo Albrizzi), Chiavari (Teatro Cantero), Alessandria (Teatro Parvum), Salerno (Sala Napolitano), Rovigno (Croatia), Szombathely (Hungary), Klaipeda, Palanka (Lithuania), Schloss Elmau, Weimar “Liszt House”, Munich “Prinzregenten” Theatre”, Cologne “Hochshule” (Germany), Brno “Sale Bretislava Bakaly” (Czech Republic), Istanbul (Turkey), Utrecht “Concert Hall” (Netherlands), Oxford “Holywell Music Room” (England), Schaffusen (Switzerland), Shanghai (China), La Valletta “Emmanuel Theatre” (Malta). He is regularly invited to hold concerts and master classes at international festivals such as “ClaviCologne Festival” in Germany, the “Malta International Music Festival” and the “International Piano Festival & Competition” in Italy.

He has been a regular guest of the “International Sommer-Akademie Schloss Pommersfelden” (Germany) where he has performed as a soloist and in chamber music performances and and where he teaches chamber music from 2010. He has appeared as a soloist with different such Camerata Baltica, Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, Kiev Philharmonic Orchestra, Sinfonica Abruzzese, Sinfonica di Lecce, Sinfonica di Bari, Solisti Aquilani.

He is often invited to be part of the jury in national and international piano competitions, he is the founder and Artistic Director of the national piano competition ”Citta di San Giovanni Teatino” and in 2007 he founded and is Artistic Director of the Scuola Civica Musicale.

He plays with musicians of calibre like Karl Leister (historical 1st clarinettist of the Berlin Philharmonic), Pavel Berman, the famous Dora Schwarzberg, Francesco Manara and Franco De Angelis (first violinists of the Teatro alla Scala in Milan), Romain Garioud, Grazia Raimondi, Antonio Tinelli, Rita D’Arcangelo, Gaetano Di Bacco and Liliana Bernardi.

His conspicuous record productions range from solo repertoires, chamber music and to a soloist with an orchestra, including recordings for Wide Classique, DAD Records, Camerata Tokyo, Radio Vatican, Radio Bavaria etc. The monographic CD dedicated to J. Brahms, containing the sonates for clarinet and piano op. 120 No. 1 and no. 2 and the Trio op. 114, Published by Phoenix Classics and distributed by Ducale Music, became a finalist at the IMAIE awards 2009 and was reviewed with acclaim by specialised Italian and overseas magazines (Musica, Suonare News, Giornale della Musica, Fanfare and The Clarinet).

From 2012 he has been an honorary member of the Rotary Club of Subiaco (Rome) and in 2014 he was awarded from the Rotary Club of Pescara West with the “Paul Harris Fellow” for commitment in spreading music and its culture.

In 2013 he was named Artistic Director of the “Cenacolo della Musica – International School” which aims at promoting artists and the development of the arts.

South Czech Philharmonic

The South Czech Philharmonic, based in Ceske Budejovice (Budweis), was founded in 1981; its original name was The South Bohemian State Orchestra. At present it comprises of 39 artists and remains the only professional philharmonic orchestra in the South Bohemian region. Origins of the orchestra are associated with a Czech conductor Jaroslav Vodnansky; subsequently, the position of Chief Conductor was held by Ondrej Kukal, Bretislav Novotny, Jaroslav Krecek, Stanislav Vavrinek and Jan Talich. The current Chief Conductor, Miran Vaupotić, has been leading the orchestra since 2021.

Besides interpreting the music of classical composers and pieces appropriate for chambre orchestras and smaller concert halls, the Philharmonic is dedicating increasing attention to the contemporary trend of interlinking genres and discovering new perspectives of both interpretation and presentation of music, and systematically strives to enhance its qualities. The majority of SCP members are young, ambitious, skillful and promising musicians, appreciating any opportunity to cooperate with other leading conductors and soloists.

At present, the South Czech Philharmonic aspires to maintain the interest of existing attenders, while focusing on a younger audience and wider public and thus attracting those South Bohemians who have so far been more or less indifferent to classical music. There can be no doubt that the orchestra has a sufficient capacity, enthusiasm, and the right direction to achieve all of that.


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