Spotlight on Chris Muscat

The event (Sala Isouard, Manoel Theatre, 26th April) highlighted the works of young composer Chris Muscat.  The interpreters were the ProMużika Ensemble. As part of the programme, the organizers asked the composer to include a work each by two older composers who influenced his work.  He... Read More

Der Komponist und Dirigent-Joseph Vella. Visit to Salzburg

From the 22nd to the 26th of April I was in Salzburg, Austria, for two projects.  In the first instance on the 23rd I was invited by Prof. Sabine Coelsch-Foisner to give an illustrated lecture about my work as a composer and conductor at the University of Salzburg.  During the lecture, three... Read More

Recording in Paris

From the 16th to the 19th of April I was in Paris to supervise the recording of my Concertino for Cornet and Brass Band.  The performers were soloist Alexis Demaiily, and the Paris Brass Band, the same musicians who had given the Concertino its world premier (also in Paris) last year.  The... Read More

Baroque Concert Series

This series of concerts of Baroque music, initiated and held under the auspices of the MPO, continued on the 14th of the month, at the Robert Samut Hall in Floriana.  Conducting an ensemble from the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, I presented works by Bach, Carissimi and also by Maltese Baroque... Read More

Commemorative Concert

The MPO, under my direction, played a programme of English and Maltese works purposely chosen to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the Award of the George Cross to Malta.  The concert was held at the Mediterranean Conference Centre on the 13th of April.  My tone poem Rebbieħa was one of the... Read More

The Malta Youth Orchestra

At the Sir Temi Zammit Hall, the Malta Youth Orchestra, of which I am the resident conductor, gave another successful and well-patronized concert. I conducted these promising young musicians in a programme of works by Suppe', Bizet and Coleridge-Taylor.

The Composer Conducts

My annual appointment as composer-in-residence of the MPO, this year fell on the 23rd of March.  In a concert held at the Manoel Theatre, which I also conducted, I presented the world premier of my Concerto for Piccolo, Strings and Timpani.  The interpreter was Italian virtuoso Nicola... Read More

Programme Transeuropéennes

On the 22nd Maltese pianist Charlene Farrugia gave a recital of piano music in Rouen, France, which included my work Scherzo op.10.

18mo Concorso di Musica – Giulio Rospigliosi

From the 2nd to the 25th of March I was in Lamporecchio, Italy, where I was invited to sit as Chairman of the International Jury for this high level competition.  The competition was held at the famous Villa Rospigliosi, one-time summer residence of Cardinal Rospigliosi, who later was to become... Read More

Michelangelo Carbonara

On the 10th March, well-known Italian virtuoso pianist Michelangelo Carbonara gave a pianoforte recital at the Kempinski Hotel in San Lawrenz , Gozo.  His programme included a very well executed interpretation of my Rapsodija Maltija, in its version for Piano Solo.