Malta International Music Festival



15 June - 13 July 2022


South Czech Philharmonic

Miran Vaupotićconductor(Croatia)

Alexei Ogrintchoukoboe(Russia)

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.



Alexei Ogrintchouk is recognised across the world as an oboist and artist of astounding technique and virtuosity. This is coupled with a profound lyricism and a highly original musicality. In 2005 he was appointed first solo oboist of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam under Mariss Jansons. Prior to this, he was Valery Gergiev’s first solo oboist at the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, a position which he secured at the age of 20. Ogrintchouk now combines his orchestral commitments with both solo and conducting engagements. A charismatic soloist, he has performed under the baton of conductors such as Mariss Jansons, Valery Gergiev, Fabio Luisi, Daniel Harding, Andris Nelsons, Gianandrea Noseda, Stephane Deneve, Tugan Sokhiev, Jaap van Zweden and Susanna Malkki. He has performed with the world’s greatest orchestras - the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Orchestre de l'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Kontzerthausorchester Berlin, Beethovenhalle Orchestra Bonn, Basel Symphony Orchestra, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, all the Orchestras of the BBC, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Orchestre National de Belgique, Europa Galante, Orchestras of the Bolshoi and Mariinsky Theatres, Russian National Orchestra, and Kremerata Baltica.

As a conductor he has led Camerata RCO (Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra), Orchestre de Besancon, Amsterdam and Riga Sinfonietta, Kremerata Baltica, Orquesta Barroca de Sevilla, Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra and the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra.

In the 19/20 season, Alexei Ogrintchouk will appear as soloist with the Wroclaw Philharmonic, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, and will conduct and play with the Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de Pays de Loire, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne and the Brussels Philharmonic.

Ogrintchouk is also a consummate recitalist and chamber musician and his chamber music partners include Gidon Kremer, Leonidas Kavakos, Julian Rachlin, Fabio Biondi, Dmitri Sitkovetsky, Nikolai Znaider, Yuri Bashmet, Tabea Zimmermann, Maurice Bourgue, Radu Lupu, Leif Ove Andsnes, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Alexander Lonquich, Sergio Azzolini, Thomas Quasthoff, Misha Maisky, as well as the Belcea, Powered by TCPDF ( Ebene, Sine Nomine and Tokyo string quartets. He has performed in major halls throughout the world and is a frequent guest at festivals such as BBC Proms, MIDEM, Colmar, Lockenhaus, Verbier, Luzern, Berliner Festspiele, Santa Cecilia, Edinburgh International Festival and the White Nights, Svyatoslav Richter December Nights and Easter Festival in Russia.

Alexei Ogrintchouk’s first CD with the works by Schumann was released on Harmonia Mundi’s "Nouveau musicians" Series to exceptional reviews. His discography includes the world premiere of the slow movement of Beethoven Oboe Concerto (Raptus classics), music by Britten (Record One), Skalkotas (Bis Records), Mozart Oboe Concerto with the Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra (Pentatone). His three most recent CDs includes Bach Oboe Concertos, Mozart Oboe Concerto and Quartet, a 20th Century Recital and the Strauss Oboe Concerto (all on BIS Records).

A graduate of the Gnessin School of Music and the Paris Conservatoire, where he studied with Maurice Bourgue, Alexei Ogrintchouk is originally from Moscow and by the age of 13, was already performing across Russia, Europe and Japan. He is the winner of a number of international competitions including the prestigious CIEM International Competition in Geneva in 1998, the European Juventus Prize in 1999, a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award winner in 2007 and was part of the prestigious Rising Stars and BBC New Generation Artists Programmes.

Alexei Ogrintchouk has succeeded Maurice Bourgue as Professor of Oboe at the Haute Ecole de Musique de Geneve in 2011 and is in great demand as a guest professor and for public masterclasses.

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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