WEEK DEDICATED TO MALTA
MONDAY, 4 APRIL 2016, AT 19:00, “FILIP LAZĂR” HALL
Invited from Aurora Opera House - conductor Colin Attard
TUESDAY, 5 APRIL 2016, AT 19:00, THE ART MUSESUM
“Music Colloquium Series”:
Recital performed by mezzo-soprano Graziella Debattista Briffa, student - master at Royal Academy of Music London
With the participation of Corina Stănescu - piano
THURSDAY, 7 APRIL 2016, AT 19:00, “FILIP LAZĂR” HALL
“Open Dialogue” with Musicians from Malta: Colin Attard and Pierre Louis Attard (violinist)
FRIDAY, 8 APRIL 2016, AT 19:00
Symphonic Concert MALTA
„OLTENIA” PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
CONDUCTOR: COLIN ATTARD
SOLOIST: PIERRE LOUIS ATTARD (violin)
CONDUCTOR: COLIN ATTARD
SOLOIST: PIERRE LOUIS ATTARD (violin)
“Conductor and musician Colin Attard, with his wild, curly hair, is a familiar figure on the local music scene, especially in his native Gozo. His energy is as boundless and dynamic as his hair, and I know few local musicians who are as energetic as he is”. (Albert Storace, The Sunday Times of Malta, 03/03/2014).
Born (in 1962) in a highly musical family from Victoria, inevitably, he grew up in a rather musical environment. As he grew older he continued his advanced musical studies under the tuition of his uncle, Prof. Joseph Vella, while at the same he read for a degree in accountancy from the University of Malta. Soon after graduating he took up a full-time career in music, after being asked to move over to the Gozo School of Music when it was inaugurated in 1988. In 2010 he became the editor of the school’s magazine The Buzz.
Since the early 1980's he has been musically very active, indeed a leading personality in revitalising concert activity in Gozo. In 1990 he founded the Gaulitanus Choir, with whom he has worked tirelessly, also reaching a few important milestones, andfor which he artistically directs the annual springtime international festival Gaulitana: A Festival of Music.
In 1990 he has been associated with the Teatru ta' l-Opra Aurora and its parent organisation, the Leone Philharmonic Society. Thanks also to his input and his deft hand in the organisation of musical activity – which serves him in good stead in this mammoth task of opera organisation in Gozo where he is not just the man behind the baton – local operatic productions have made huge leaps forward and today are very highly looked at even overseas. While he has also been the choir master of the Aurora Opera Chorus,Attard has worked with world-renowned international artists such as sopranos Maria Guleghina, Eva Marton and Michèle Crider, mezzo-soprano Mzia Nioradze, tenors Neil Shicoff, Nicola Martinucci, Gianfranco Cècchele, Stuart Neilland Franco Farina, and baritone Juan Pons, and conducted the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra as well some foreign orchestras such as the Nova Amadeus of Rome (Italy), the Filarmonica di Palermo (Italy), the Filarmonica G. Verdi of Sicily (Italy), and the Orchestra Filarmonica F. Cilea of Reggio Calabria (Italy).
His extensive work with the Leone Band has piloted the band to new heights as regards concert activity. Aware of the constant need to keep up with change, he has been at the front in presenting the ever-increasing Gozitan audiences with contemporary, challenging and rather ‘unfamiliar’ classics as well as more trendy, popular music – the latter also resulting in the highly rated Leone Goes Pop series.Drifting away from the ubiquitous, tried and tested music has managed to bring back the big audiences to the Leone Band’s concerts and has set new parameters for others to follow.As a matter of fact, versatility and varied repertoires are very much part and parcel of Attard’s musical do.
Colin is a also composer (with a fellowship diploma in composition from the London College of Music and quite a few compositions to his credit), maestro di cappella at the Gozo Cathedral and some other churches, and the director of the Gozo Cathedral’s resident choir, theChorus Ecclesiae Cathedralis.His interest in Gozo’s musical heritage has also led to the editing of several forgotten compositions, which have also been revived.
Arranging is another of Attard's penchants.Particularly significant are the several musical arrangements he did for the Rencontres Musicales de Mediterranée in Corsica (France), where he was invited several times – also to conduct the festival’s international orchestra. Attard has indeed appeared abroad several other times in his various roles.
A very proud Gozitan and a key player in the development and promotion of Gozitan culture, Attard looks forward to what he thinks should be the next big leap in this regard: a well co-ordinated Gozitan cultural programme based on quality events, also aimed towards the international market – thus making Gozo a niche for cultural tourism. Colin vouchsafes his “energy” to reach this goal.
Pierre Louis Attard
Born in 1994 in a highly musical family in Victoria, Gozo, Malta, Pierre Louis Attard started attending violin lessons at the age of 4 with Marcelline Agius under whose guidance he has obtained Dip. ABRSM. Later he also took up the viola and piano. As an Ian Tomlin scholar, he is undergoing an undergraduate degree at Edinburgh Napier University, majoring in violin under the tuition of Lise Aferiat. He is very active in the University’s concert life and is also the leader of the Edinburgh Napier Chamber Orchestra. He has also attended several master classes, including one with renowned Russian violinist Yuri Zhislin (2013) as well as one led by world-renowned conductor Gustavo Dudamel (2012).
Since an early age Pierre Louis started appearing in public regularly playing as soloist. In 2010 he had made his foreign debut appearing in Florence (Italy), where he returned in 2014 on the invitation of the Centro Arte Vito Frazzi (Scandicci) and where he is due to give another recital in the coming season. In 2012, he debuted as solo violinist with the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra re-appearing a year later in a concert launched on CD by Italy’s Verso l’Arte Edizioni.
Pierre Louis was the leader of the Malta Youth Orchestra and every so often he is invited to join the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra. He also performed with the Upper Austria String Orchestra and BISYOC Orchestra. In 2014 he was chosen as sub-principal 2nd violin of the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland. For the past two years, he served as co-leader of the Universities of Scotland Symphony Orchestra. Currently, he forms part of the Edinburgh Charity Orchestra and Scottish Sinfonia.
His forthcoming commitments include participations in two important festivals back home in Gozo: he will first give a solo recital accompanied by his father Colin Attard as part of Gaulitana: A Festival of Music, and then premiere a work by Malta’s top composer Joseph Vella accompanied by the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra as part of the Victoria International Arts Festival.
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