Konstantin Ishkhanov: “Top orchestras, top musicians – that’s InClassica”

Next April and May, Malta will host the tenth year anniversary edition of the InClassica International Music Festival, an event spanning 25 days of consecutive evening performances featuring eight orchestras, 33 world-renowned soloists and eight leading conductors.

Taking place at the Mediterranean Conference Centre in Malta’s historic capital city Valletta, InClassica will welcome eminent musicians from across the globe in a celebration of culture, international collaboration and live performance, and featuring towering figures from the world of classical music.

Concert-goers will be treated to a dizzying array of phenomenal performances at a festival dubbed the ‘World’s Biggest Musical Observatory’, with a stellar programme of live performances that promise to ‘bring the stars to you’.

Organised by the European Foundation for Support of Culture (EUFSC) in collaboration with the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, the festival promises to be an eclectic and engaging experience, and one that is sure to delight audiences with the breadth of talent on offer.

“We are so thrilled to present the tenth anniversary edition of InClassica in 2021, a festival which has consistently gone from strength to strength as it has grown and developed. The incredible wealth of talent we will be showcasing in Malta is a truly unique opportunity for concert-goers to experience a festival like no other. I could not be more proud of what we have achieved so far and I cannot wait to welcome our valued audiences and colleagues to this beautiful Mediterranean island in April next year,” said Konstantin Ishkhanov, President of the European Foundation for Support of Culture.

Visiting soloists include:

• Triple Grammy Award winner, pianist Martha Argerich;

• ECHO Klassik Award winner, Gold Medal of Salzburg and Vienna recipient, pianist Rudolf Buchbinder;

• Legendary pianist Grigory Sokolov;

• Emmy and ECHO Klassik Award, Orphee d’or winner soprano Danielle de Niese;

• 7 times ECHO Klassik Award winner violinist Daniel Hope;

• Leonard Bernstein Award winner, WEMAG-Soloist prizewinner, holder of the ‘Beethoven Ring’ pianist Kit Armstrong;

• Leader of the London Symphony Orchestra, violinist Roman Simovic;

• Grammy Award, twice Gramophone Classical Music Award, Classic Brit Award and 5 times Edison Classical Music Award winner Maxim Vengerov;

• Winner of the prestigious Classical BRIT Award pianist Frederic Kempf;

• Clarinet soloist at the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra Andreas Ottensamer;

• Winner of the Tchaikovsky International Competition, famous pianist Denis Matsuev;

• Grammy Award and International Tchaikovsky Competition winner, violinist Gidon Kremer;

• Gramophone’s Instrumental Album of the Year winner, Critics’ Choice at the Classic BRITS awards and CBE recipient, cellist Steven Isserlis;

• Co-leader of the London Symphony Orchestra, violinist Carmine Lauri;

• Youngest Deutsche Grammophon artist, violinist Daniel Lozakovich;

… and many more.

Perhaps most ambitiously of all, the festival will bring to Malta an unprecedented number of orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (UK), Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra (Israel), State Philharmonic Orchestra Of Rhineland-Palatinate (Germany), Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège (Belgium), Russian National Orchestra and Armenian State Symphony Orchestra in addition to the nationally-based Malta Philharmonic Orchestra and Malta Youth Orchestra.

Also taking place will be the ‘Classic Piano’ Malta International Piano Competition, an event welcoming 70 exceptional participants from around the world selected from the ‘14 Ways to Malta’ International Piano Competition, a series of festivals and piano competitions held across the globe over the last two years. Five finalists were selected from each of the preceding international competitions to compete in the final stage in Malta 2021, each bringing a wealth of experience, talent and dedication to bear as they compete for a total prize fund of €300,000.

InClassica will feature works by its Composer-In-Residence, Alexey Shor. Mr Shor enjoys a prolific career that has seen his compositions performed internationally by ensembles including Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Armenian State Symphony Orchestra, the Brandenburg State Orchestra and many others. Shor’s works will also be performed during the final round of the ‘Classic Piano’ Competition.

The festival will additionally host the Malta Classical Music Academy, inviting celebrated professors from around the world for three weeks of masterclasses, lectures and lessons. Courses are available for piano, violin, cello, clarinet, saxophone and flute.

The InClassica Malta International Music Festival will take place between the 17th April and 11th May at the Mediterranean Conference Centre, Valletta.

For tickets and full information, you may visit the website.

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