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Garments of the Grandmasters – As part of the Malta International Arts Festival

22 June, 2023 | 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm


As part of the Malta International Arts Festival 2023

This unique event combines an exhibition of historical garments of the Knights of Malta with a piano recital by prominent Greek pianist Konstantinos Destounis.
A selection of garments from the National Textiles Collection entrusted to Heritage Malta will be exhibited in the Sala dei Cavalieri of the Malta Society of Arts.
A video backdrop of artistic footage featuring the very same fabrics and textiles will run parallel to the music programme featuring works by Ligeti, Chopin, Liszt and Ravel.
The exhibition is curated by Annamaria Gatt (Curator of Costumes and Textiles) with the support of Claire Bonavia (Principal Conservator / Restorer – Textiles / Paper), Leyre Quevedo (Conservator Textiles) and Pierre Bonello (Manager Exhibitions).

György Ligeti
Etudes, Book 1 No.2 Cordes à vide 

Frédéric Chopin
Ballade No.1 Op.23 in G minor
Ballade No.3 Op.47 in A flat major
Ballade No.4 Op.52 in F minor 

Franz Liszt
Mephisto Waltz No.1 S. 514 

Maurice Ravel
Gaspard de la Nuit
i. Ondine
ii. Le Gibet
iii. Scarbo
Konstantinos Destounis – Pianist

Pianist Konstantinos Destounis (born in Athens in 1991) is regarded as one of the most prominent Greek artists of his generation. He has won many international piano competitions, most notably the Grand Prix Maria Callas in Athens, the Southern Highlands in Canberra and the Bremen European Piano Competition. His performing career has led him to venues that include the Royal Albert Hall in London, Opera La Fenice in Venice, Llewellyn Hall in Canberra, Glocke Saal in Bremen and the Athens Megaron. As a soloist he has performed with many orchestras in Greece, the UK, Germany, Spain and Australia. He holds a Doctor of Music degree from the Royal College of Music in London for his research on Theodore Antoniou’s piano works, and his world premiere recording of Antoniou’s complete piano works was released by Naxos in 2018.


Annamaria Gatt: Curator of Costumes and Textiles
Claire Bonavia: Principal Conservator / Restorer – Textiles / Paper
Leyre Quevedo: Conservator Textiles
Pierre Bonello: Manager Exhibitions
Garments: Heritage Malta
Pianist: Konstantinos Destounis 

The Malta International Arts Festival is organised by Festivals Malta. This event is in collaboration with Heritage Malta and the Malta Society of Arts.


Thursday 22 June 2023



Concert Hall and Sala dei Cavalieri,
Malta Society of Arts,
Palazzo de La Salle,
219, Republic Street,




22 June, 2023
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Palazzo de La Salle
Republic Street
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