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Valletta International Piano Festival 2024 – Opening Concert

4 February | 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Opening Concert of the VIII Edition of the Valletta International Piano Festival & Competition (EPTA)

Neo Piano Classic Concert “Alone in the Ocean” by Pianist  Alex Rib

The festival will be opened by Alex Rib, a young pianist, composer and Radio Jazz Award nominee, a graduate of the Gnessin State Academy of Music in Moscow. For this opening concert, Alex Rib is performing his own music titled “Alone in the Ocean”, based on the novel of the same name, piano music from the multimedia project “Animation”, as well as works from his latest album “Breathe”.

The concert will feature Rib’s project “Alone in the Ocean”, which has been in the repertoire of the Moscow International House of Music since 2018 and is based on real stories. It is inspired by a documentary novel about professional oceanographer Slava Kurilov, who made a daring jump into the dark ocean waters from a cruise liner and spent three days in the water.

This unique and exclusive piano concert, will feature beautiful music and an unforgettable audio-visual experience. Not to be missed!

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Concert programme

Music from the project “Alone in the Ocean” with screen projections
Overtones in F sharp
Wind Vision
To Remind
Alone with thousands of stars
The voice of the ocean
Alone in the ocean

Album of piano pieces “Overtones”:
Overtones in F
Overtones in D
Overtones in E
Overtones in E flat

Music from the Animation project with screen projection:
Animation City
Old animation
Epilogue (songs for trio, piano version)
Prologue (piano version, songs for trio) 

Piano music from the album “Breathe”

The pianist also will explain the story about each piece

Entrance tickets: by donation of 15 euro to EPTA Malta (European Piano Teachers Association Malta) at the door. 
Doors are open from 4.15pm


Sunday 4 February 2024

5pm to 6:30pm


Concert Hall

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

ALEX RIB – Musician and Composer 

Alex Rib is young professional pianist, composer and Radio Jazz Award nominee.

He graduated from the State Music College and the State Academy of Music named after Gnesin in Moscow.

Winner of the international Petrojazz 2018 competition. He has performed solo concerts in Bulgaria, Israel, Estonia, France, Malta and Russia. The composer’s debut album “The Wind”, released in 2017, was nominated for the most prestigious Jazz Award “All Colors of Jazz” in the category “Release of the Year”. In 2020, together with Japanese artist Kohei Nakama, a multimedia project “Animation” was created. The author of the multimedia project “Alone in the Ocean”, since 2018 the project has been in the repertoire of the prestigious Moscow House of Music. The project was created based on the documentary novel “Alone in the Ocean”. It is based on the real story of professional oceanographer Slava Kurilov, who jumped from a cruise ship into the raging dark ocean and stayed alone in the water for three whole days. As part of a multimedia project based on the text of a documentary novel, a short film was made and music was recorded by pianist and composer Alex Rib.


4 February
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm


Palazzo de La Salle
Republic Street
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