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ConTempo Series Concert #3

18 July | 8:00 pm - 9:15 pm

As part of MSA x ACM Performing Arts Programme 2024 – ConTempo series of music events

ConTempo Concert #3

A concert dedicated to the memory of clarinet player Daniele Galletto who passed away earlier this year by clarinet and double bass virtuosos, Godfrey Mifsud, and Gjorgji Cincievski.

Programme:

– Miloslav Gajdos – Invocation for solo bass
– Simon Garcia – Trascience of Life for solo bass
– Domenico Scarlatti – Sonata K 213 (transcribed for clarinet and Double Bass – Galletto & Cincievski)
– Domenico Scarlatti – Sonata K 466 (transcribed for clarinet and Double Bass – Galletto & Cincievski)
– Gjorgji Cincievski – A Moment for clarinet and Double Bass (in memoriam Danielle Galletto) – World Premiere
– Paul Hindemith – “Musikalisches Blumengärtlein und Leyptziger Allerley” for Clarinet and Double Bass

This project forms part of the Malta Society of Arts’ Performing Arts Programme 2024 and is being done in collaboration with Arts Council Malta

Artistic Director: Karl Fiorini

Date: Thursday 18 July 2024
Time: 8pm
Ticket Prices: EUR 15

Karl Fiorini – Artistic Director’s Biography

Karl is a composer,  festival director and concert producer. He read for a Masters in Music composition at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London and obtained his Doctorate from the Royal College of Music, London. His output of more than 50 works ranging from solo to chamber, to music for film, theatre and dance, and large symphonic compositions are regularly performed throughout Europe and is much in demand as a composer. His works have been released by Divine Art Recordings and Grand Piano Naxos. Since 2007 he is the Artistic Director of the Malta Spring Festival [www.maltaspringfestival.com], an annual festival that celebrates the realms of classical and contemporary music, showcasing a captivating blend of talent across various genres, by renowned artists, as well as providing a platform for rising stars to shine.

Godfrey Mifsud – Clarinet

Godfrey Mifsud started his musical studies in Malta at an early age under Ronnie Debattista and furthered his clarinet studies in UK. After winning various local competitions he made his public debut with the Malta National Orchestra in 1997 performing Charles Camilleri’s Concertino. Since then, Godfrey has performed as soloist locally and internationally with various orchestras including the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre Camerata Con Cor(d)e, Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Sochi Symphony Orchestra, Saratov Philharmonic Orchestra and is also featured as a recording artist on Meridian Records and Divine Art (UK).

Godfrey Mifsud graduated in Music Education from the University of Malta and Master of Music from Christchurch University in Canterbury (UK), majoring in clarinet performance under the mentorship of British clarinet virtuoso David Campbell.

Being a passionate chamber musician and fluent on most instruments of the clarinet family, Godfrey performs regularly in orchestral and chamber setups and is frequently invited to perform as guest clarinet with the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra. He is sought after as a versatile musician and performs with various groups and formations.

As a keen educator, Godfrey enjoys working with young talented and motivated musicians, helping them to further improve their musical skills and career. Godfrey Mifsud holds the post of clarinet tutor and wind ensemble director at the Malta School of Music and is a visiting lecturer in Performance Studies at the University of Malta.

Gjorgji Cincievski – Double Bass

Born in Skopje, Macedonia, Gjorgji is the Principal Double Bass player with the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra since 2010.

Since finishing his studies with full honours, at the prestigious Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, UK in the class of Prof. Jiři Hudec, later becoming his assistant and the first Junior Fellow in Double Bass at the RNCM, he has performed with some of the most prestigious and world leading orchestras such as: Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, WDR Funkhouse Orchestra, Aachen Symphony Orchestra, Neue Philharmonie Westfalen, Halle Orchestra, Malmo Symphony Orchestra, London Mozart Players, Liepaja Symphony Orchestra, Manchester Camerata, Opera North, Northern Sinfonia, Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia, as well as collaborating with some of the leading conductors and artist of today.

Apart from being an active solo performer and working at the Malta Philharmonic, he has continued with his educational work and has held numerous master classes, workshops and solo concerts in the UK, China, Germany, France, Thailand, Latvia, Cuba, Italy, Sicily, Poland and Malta.

Since 2014 Gjorgji has become ‘Artist to be’ endorser by Pirastro strings and has taken part in many prestigious festivals around the world such as: Salzburger Festspiele Austria, 27 Cantiere Internazionale D’Arte di Montepulciano – Italy, Vienna Modern Festival – Austria, Rydale Festival – UK, Victoria International Arts Festival – Gozo – Malta, Festival De Association Musicale des Deux Fleuves – France, Three Palaces Festival – Malta, CCDM International Double bass festival – China, Cadenza International music festival – Thailand and many others.

He is also artistic director of the Malta International Double Bass Days, the international Double Bass festival held in Malta each year.

Described by the critics as “painter with a wide range of musical colours”, Gjorgji Cincievski’s performances as soloist have met him with international critical acclaim as he has a passion for recreating highly skillful and challenging arrangements of which he adds an interesting new dimension. Most notable are his performances as soloist with the Malta Philharmonic and the Macedonian Philharmonic Orchestra.

In his constant strive into enriching the Double Bass repertoire, he has done many successful transcriptions for the Double Bass, his transcription of Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Goldberg Variation” for string trio violin, viola and Double Bass, has been recognised as the first and only one in the world done for these instruments and has been awarded as the Best Transcription at the most prestigious Double Bass European Biennale in Holland 2014.

His recording from his own transcription from J.S. Bach’s “Goldberg Variations” for string trio has been hailed and described by music critics and music scholars as “astonishing successful effort that will leave mark in the world music history” and as “music to the music lovers for the benefit of their souls”.

Some of Gjorgji’s transcriptions are published by Hofmesiter editions, distributed and sold worldwide include and they include:
– Johann Sebastian Bach “Goldberg Variation” for string trio violin, viola and double bass (FH 2993)
– Sergey Rachmaninov “Elegy Op.3 No.1” – for double bass and piano (FH 3048)
– David Popper “Requiem” Op.66 for three double basses and piano ( FH3096)
– Johannes Brahms “Trio Op. 8 No.1” for violin, double bass and piano (FH 3164)
– Max Bruch “Eight pieces Op.83” for violin (optional viola), double bass *(to be published 2025)

Date

Thursday 18 July 2024

8pm

Venue

Concert Hall
Malta Society of Arts,
Palazzo de La Salle,
219, Republic Street,
Valletta

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Details

Date:
18 July
Time:
8:00 pm - 9:15 pm

Venue

Palazzo de La Salle
Republic Street
Valletta,
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