Konstantin Ishkhanov: Prominent Armenian Musicians to Perform at InClassica Festival

InClassica Festival

This April and May, the European Foundation for Support of Culture and Malta Philharmonic Orchestra will host the tenth anniversary edition of its InClassica Malta International Music Festival, a programme of classical music featuring 25 days of consecutive concerts performed by world-renowned soloists, orchestras and conductors.

The festival will take place at Malta’s historic 16th century Mediterranean Conference Centre in the country’s capital, Valletta, with an additional two concerts featuring veritable legends of the piano world, Martha Argerich and Grigory Sokolov, being held at the Manoel Theatre. Argerich will open the InClassica festival, performing in a duo concert with violinist Maria Solozobova on 25th April for the festival’s Grand Opening Concert: Dancing the Waves.

InClassica features appearances by many celebrated and internationally recognised soloists, including Armenian violinist Sergey Khachatryan, pianist Rudolf Buchbinder (Austria), cellist Gautier Capuçon (France), soprano Danielle De Niese (Australia/USA), violinist Daniel Hope (UK), violinist Gidon Kremer (Latvia/Germany), pianist Denis Matsuev (Russia), pianist Akiko Ebi (Japan/France), clarinettist Andreas Ottensammer (Austria), pianist Grigory Sokolov (Russia) and violinist Maxim Vengerov (Monaco).

Uniquely, InClassica will invite six celebrated international orchestras in addition to the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO) and Malta Youth Orchestra (MYO). Visiting orchestras include the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (UK), Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra (Israel), Russian National Orchestra, Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz (Germany) and the Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège (Belgium).

These noted orchestras will be led by leading conductors Sergey Smbatyan (Armenia), Michael Francis (UK/USA), Gergely Madaras (Hungary), Gianluca Marciano (Italy), Alexander Shelley (UK), Dmitry Yablonsky (USA/Israel/Spain), Marius Stravinsky (UK) and Alexander Sladkovsky (Russia).

This year’s iteration of the festival welcomes back Composer-In-Residence, Alexey Shor, a New-York based composer who has committed various works to previous editions of InClassica and who enjoys an internationally recognised career which has seen his music performed in concert halls including Carnegie Hall (New York), Mariinsky Theatre (St Petersburg), Wigmore Hall (London) and Kremlin Palace (Moscow) amongst many others. InClassica will feature various works by Shor this year, including the premiere of his new Violin Concerto by the young virtuoso violinist Daniel Lozakovich, and a performance of his Images of the Great Siege, a work recently recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra and released on the Naxos label.

InClassica is organised by the European Foundation for Support of Culture (EUFSC) in collaboration with the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO). The EUFSC is a Malta-based non-profit organisation which regularly holds concerts, festivals, competitions, masterclasses, lectures, workshops and other events in support of its mission to promote and support cultural endeavours around the world.

“On behalf of myself and everyone at the EUFSC, I would like to convey how excited we are to be launching the InClassica festival here in Malta in a few months’ time. It is no exaggeration to say that this festival is noteworthy not only due to the incredible calibre of visiting soloists, conductors and orchestras in attendance, but also for what it represents to the world of classical music and cultural engagements more generally after what has been a very difficult year for the arts across the world. I cannot wait to welcome our valued audiences to Malta for this very special anniversary edition of InClassica.” — Konstantin Ishkhanov, President of the EUFSC.

Also featured at InClassica will be the Classic Piano International Competition, an event with a global reach that will decide the winners of the ‘14 Ways to Malta’ competition, a worldwide contest comprising piano opens in Hamburg, Washington DC, Tel Aviv, Rome, Zurich, Antwerpen, Moscow, Vienna, Shanghai, Tokyo, Seoul, London, Berlin, Yerevan. From these, 70 participants (representing the five top-ranked pianists from each prior event) will travel to Malta in April to compete in Classic Piano, a competition taking place across four rounds, the last two of which will see the competitors perform alongside the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra under the baton of conductor Gianluca Marciano.

Additionally, InClassica will also host the Malta Classical Music Academy (MCMA), an educational initiative offering world-class tuition to students in the schools of piano, strings, wind and voice studies. The MCMA will feature more than 60 leading professors from across the world to lead masterclasses, lessons and lectures on a range of topics, including Armenian violinists Haik Kazazyan, Sergey Khachatryan and Zohrab Tadevosyan, and pianists Nikita Mndoyants and Stepan Simonian. The Academy will also present daily lunchtime concerts featuring various prodigious soloists including Armenian violinist Karen Shakhgaldyan and duduk soloist Kamo Seyranyan, and will offer the most experienced students the opportunity to perform in daily lunchtime concerts alongside symphony and chamber orchestras. To apply or find out more information, please visit the website.

To find out more about InClassica or to book tickets please visit the website.