Michael Cutajar has been studying the clarinet since he was seven years old. He started out at the Johann Strauss School of Music under the direction of Godfrey Mifsud. Michael then proceeded his studies further to tertiary level after being awarded a Malta Arts Scholarship financed by the Government of Malta. He has recently completed his Bachelor’s degree, with highest honours and prizes in clarinet performance at City University, London where he was studying with international clarinettist David Campbell. The degree course covered a wide range of music subjects and pieces from core repertoire of the clarinet repertoire to more recent works and jazz influenced pieces such as the Clarinet Concerto by ‘Artie’ Shaw’. Michael has played the A, the B-flat and bass clarinets in ensemble, orchestral and solo settings both locally and in London. He is a regular with the Malta Youth Orchestra working with important conductors of the international scene.
In London, he was also a regular with the City University Orchestra under the baton of Tim Hooper where he performed a variety of classical works. These experiences contributed to enhance his orchestral performing techniques and repertoire. Michael has complemented his clarinet studies with masterclasses under the direction of Radovan Cavallin and Maximiliano Martin, among others.
While in London, Michael was pleased having had the occasion to play a Mendelssohn work as part of a promotional video for Yamaha clarinets. He also played principal clarinettist in the production Barber of Seville with the Scherzo Ensemble in London during the Summer of 2019. For the future, Michael would like to further his studies and pursue his music career as an orchestral musician playing professionally with the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra.