The commencing days of the Malta International Arts Festival will showcase a plethora of musical explorations by a number of artists from the 9th till the 11th July.

Caroline Calleja – Harp Recital

Caroline Calleja is a first-prize winner of various competitions, and has performed extensively both in Malta and abroad. She’s worked closely with internationally renowned musicians at the Dartington International Summer School in Devon, the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena and the Moscow State Conservatory in Russia. In 2003, Calleja was invited to tour Italy and France with the Mediterranean Youth Orchestra. She studied piano and harp performance at the Conservatoire National de Region de Lyon in France, where she was awarded the Medaille d’Or in piano and Diplôme de Fin d’Etudes with a distinction in harp. She’ll be performing works by Grandjany, Zabel, Salzedo, Tailleferre and Fauré on the 9th July at 7.30pm at the Fortress Builders in Valletta. Entrance is €12.



The Re-(W) Rite of Spring

Darryl Benzel’s arrangement of the Rite of Spring is a testament to the overwhelming influence Stravinsky’s had on the jazz genre. Under the direction of Mike Hall, the Royal Northern College of Music Big Band will be performing this masterpiece at Fort St Elmo on the 9th July at 9pm alongside other Big Band numbers such as Heated Think Tank by Colin Towns and Goodwin’s Hunting Wabbits. There will also be a bit of samba with a Claudio Roditi’s long-time favourite, The Monster and the Flower, an experimental Country Roads by Maria Schneider called The Pretty Road, and Bob Mintzer’s Elvin’s Mambo. The entrance fee is €15.



Simon Schembri & Gilberto Pereyra

Enjoy an evening of solo classical guitar by Simon Schembri and Gilberto Pereyra on the 11th July at Fort St Elmo at 9pm. Simon will be playing works from the Spanish Suite by Isaac Albéniz, as well as our chosen work from the international Call for Scores by Shaun Rigney as an Homage to Albéniz. He will then be joined by Gilberto Pereyra, who will be playing the bandoneon – the historical instrument of Argentine tango. The entrance fee is €15.


The 11th edition of the Malta International Arts Festival is organised by Arts Council Malta. For more information, visit the Malta Arts Festival website.