This year from 17 April – 11 May, Malta’s capital city Valletta will host the Malta Classical Music Academy (MCMA), comprising three one-week courses in four schools of study. Taking place as part of the InClassica International Music Festival, the Academy also offers participating students access to the Festival’s 25 days of consecutive evening concerts, which includes performances by such luminaries as Grigory Sokolov, Martha Argerich, Stella Chen, Andreas Ottensamer, Daniel Hope and Danielle de Niese. The Academy is organised by the European Foundation for Support of Culture (EUFSC).
Courses are offered in the schools of piano, strings, wind and voice studies, and feature masterclasses and discussions led by visiting Professors from across the world, including: Akiko Ebi, Dmitri Alexeev, Boris Kuschnir, Zakhar Bron, Michel Beroff, Ana Chumachenco, Giuliano Mazzoccante, Davide Alogna, Grigory Gruzman, Pavel Gililov, Maxim Vengerov, and many others.
Due to the Academy’s close ties to the InClassica Malta International Festival, the EUFSC is also proud to announce appearances by some of the biggest names in classical music including Rudolf Buchbinder, Gary Hoffman, Daniel Hope, Maxim Vengerov, and Severin von Eckardstein. Students will enjoy access to lectures and discussions with these leading figures, in a rare opportunity to gain valuable insights from some of the most successful classical musicians in the world today.
The Academy will additionally include lunchtime concerts taking place every day during the courses. These concerts will feature appearances by prominent musicians including David Aaron Carpenter (viola), Costanza Principe (piano), Sergei Dogadin (violin), Gloria Campaner (piano), Asya Fateyeva (saxophone), Mario Stefano Pietrodarchi (bandoneon), Alexei Ogrintchouk (oboe), Dimitri Illarionov (classical guitar), Antonio Tinelli (clarinet) and Alena Baeva (violin) amongst others.
The most accomplished students will be selected to join these events, performing with various chamber and symphony orchestras.
Academy concerts will be directed by celebrated conductors Valid Agaev, Volodymyr Sirenko, Marius Stravinsky, Michael Laus, Mikhail Kirchhoff, Aleksei Niaga, Felix Korobov, Giuseppe Bruno, Adik Abdurakhmanov, Valery Vorona, Arkady Feldman and Michelle Castelletti.
“It gives me great pleasure to introduce the Malta Classical Music Academy, the EUFSC’s flagship educational project and a truly unique experience in the world of classical music tuition. Throughout three weeks of intensive masterclasses, lectures and performances, participants will push their technical and musical skills to the limit as they study with some of the biggest names in classical music from around the world. On behalf of myself and everyone at the EUFSC I look forward to welcoming our esteemed colleagues and valued audiences to Malta in April this year as we embark on a voyage of discovery and artistic evolution.” — Konstantin Ishkhanov, President of the EUFSC.
The MCMA will also feature appearances by prominent prodigy performers as part of its ‘Young Classical Music Stars’ concert programme. This series will see extraordinarily talented youngsters as young as six perform with live orchestra. Participants include Teo Gertler, Paloma So, Elisey Mysin, Ivan Bessonov, Ivaylo Vassilev, Zakhar Vnutskih and others.
Upon successful completion of the Academy courses, each student will be awarded an honorary diploma.