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An Evening with Richard Strauss
An Evening with Richard Strauss

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Producer: Teatru Manoel
Admission Age: 6+
Venue: Teatru Manoel
Date: 06 January 2021
Time: 8pm
Price: €20 (€15 for senior citizens and students)


Description

Programme:

Richard Strauss – Brentano Lieder 0p. 68       
An die Nacht
Ich wollt ein Sträußlein binden
Säus'le, liebe Myrte!
Als mir dein Lied erklang
Amor
Lied der Frauen

Miriam Cauchi - soprano
Maria-Elena Farrugia - piano

Richard Strauss- Sonata for cello and piano, Op. 6 in F major
Allegro con brio
Andante ma non troppo
Allegro vivo

Simon Abdilla Joslin - violoncello
Maria-Elena Farrugia – piano

 
Biographies:
 
Miriam Cauchi - soprano
 
 
Critically acclaimed as “soprano lirico di bello spessore vocale e di grande intensita- Opera ActualAdrea Merli Jesse,  and possessing “This lady has a beautiful clear and very expressive voice which she uses expertly and to the best advantages”- Times of Malta Albert Storace - Maltese soprano Miriam Cauchi, is a household name and has performed extensively in most of the important opera productions concerts happening locally over the past 25 years.

Miriam has been a regular soloist at Teatru Astra, Teatru Aurora, Teatru Manoel, Mediterranean Conference Centre, St. John’s Co-Cathedral, Victoria International Arts Festival (Malta), Malta Arts Festival and with the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra. International venues include  Berlin Konzerthaus, Festival-Mitte-Europa (Germany), Maribor National Theatre (Slovenia),  Varna Theatre, Provadia Theatre, National Palace of Culture-NDK (Bulgaria), Tabor Theatre (Czech Republic)Lucca Cluster cultural centre (Italy) in Lisboa (Portugal), Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center (USA) and shared the stage in main operatic roles  with world renowned singers like Maria Guleghina, Francesca Patane, Joseph Calleja, Badri Maisuradze; worked with international conductors Lior Shambadal, Eric Hull, Steven Mercurio, Hans-Peter Hofmann, David Svec, Ivan Vulpe, Michalis Economou, Philip Walsh, Brian Schembri and directors Mario Corradi, and Marco Gandini.

Operas performed to critical acclaim include L’Elisir d’Amore (Adina), Un Ballo in Maschera (Oscar), Pagliacci (Nedda), Le Villi (Anna), Suor Angelica (Suor Angelica), Turandot (Liù), La Boheme (Mimi), Rigoletto (Gilda), La Traviata (Violetta) and Otello (Desdemona).

Successfully performed sacred, orchestral and chamber works include Handel’s Messiah, Rossini’s Stabat Mater, Abos’s Stabat Mater, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, Mozart’s Mass in C, Vassallo’s Requiem, Camilleri’s Pawlu ta Malta,  Lloyd Weber’s Requiem, Strauss’ Vier Letzte, Lieder Berg’s Sieben Frühe Lieder, and Villa-Lobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5. She also premiered Vella’s Dust on the Path orchestra cycle and Vella Gregory’s song cycle Mill-Qamar sal-Qabar compositions which were composed with her voice in mind.

Graduating with full honours from the Sofia State Music Academy “Panchio Vladigerov” in Bulgaria under the tuition of Prof Blogovesta Dobreva in 1997, she furthered her studies with Juliette Bisazza Zanni and Magda Olivero. She is the recipient of the Gheorghi Slatev Cherkin Competition and the Bulgarian XIV National Competition Svetoslav Obretenov.

She is a major ambassador of Maltese vocal music, singing and recording important compositions by Abos, Camillieri, Diacono, Isouard, Vassallo, Vella and Zerafa.

Miriam has released her latest CD – Miriam Cauchi  Riflessi – Art Songs from Malta with the main  intention of promoting and nurturing the love for Maltese art songs. Recordings from the cd are being included in a Maltese text book used in the primary schools thus promoting Maltese heritage.
 
 
She has at heart the educational aspect of singing and performing and is enthusiastic to work with young promising singers, coaching them in their development and careers. She currently holds the post of voice tutor at Malta’s main music institution, the Malta School of Music since 1999. In 2013 she was invited as the principal voice tutor to form part of the Manoel Theatre Youth Opera TMYO within the Toi Toi educational programme a post she held until 2018. In 2018 Miriam was the artistic co-ordinator of the  first edition - Singer Artistic Tool Box 2018, a course aimed at classical voice singers  interested in furthering their holistic skills on stage held by the voice department within the Malta School of Music. Last November she successfully delivered a masterclass in Opera & lied organized by the Victoria International Arts Festival.
 
 
 
Simon Abdilla Joslin - cello
 
 
Simon Abdilla Joslin is a leading Maltese cellist. He began his cello studies at the age of nine with Monica Attard Miggiani placing first in the Young Musician of the Year Competition (Malta) just three years later. Furthering his studies abroad after winning a scholarship at Trinity College of London, he studied under Derek Aviss and Arthur Davison. Soon after he was awarded a scholarship at the Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia of Rome where he studied with Salvatore Degirolamo and Jorge Schultiz; first cellist of Rome’s Teatro dell’Opera. Simon also participated in various master classes with Daneil Veis, Julia Lichten and Stefan Popov and has since performed both as soloist as well as in chamber music recitals in Malta, England, France, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, the Vatican City, Greece, Italy, Tunisia, Egypt and the USA. As a soloist he has premiered and recorded works by pioneer Maltese composers such as Charles Camilleri and Joseph Vella. As a promoter of Maltese music he strives to perform new works and encourage young upcoming Maltese composers.
On various occasions Simon has been invited to perform with the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra del Mediterraneo, the Accademia Musicale Siciliana, the Upper Austria Youth Orchestra and I Filarmonici di Bologna at prestigious venues like the UN HQ in New York, the Sala Mozart (Bologna), Teatro Politeama Garibaldi, Teatro Massimo in Palermo, Manoel Theatre and the Mediterranean Conference Centre. Simon is vice-President of ESTA(Malta) and is responsible for cello tuition at Malta’s main music institution, the Malta School of Music. He plays a fine French cello, an Honoré Derazay, c.1860.
 
 
 
Maria-Elena Farrugia - piano
 

 
Maria-Elena Farrugia first started learning the piano at the age of 5 with Antoinette Borg and then continued her studies at the Fransina Abela Brincat Piano School with Maki Yagi, Gergely Nemeth and later, Ingrid Calleja Gruppetta.

In the last 12 years Maria-Elena has been very active in her local musical scene back in Malta, participating in a number of competitions and concerts, including several Lunchtime Concerts at St. James Cavalier as well as performing in the Victoria International Arts Festival. As a result of obtaining high honors in her ABRSM exams and obtaining the Board Prize in Grade 8, in 2003 she was invited to play at the ABRSM Centenary Gala Concert held at Sala Isouard, Manoel Theatre. She also engaged in Masterclasses organized by the Malta International Arts Festival where she was tutored by internationally acclaimed pianists and professors Yuri Didenko, Vassily Scherbakov, Arkady Zenziper, Christoph Traxler and Alexander Zolotarev.

Maria-Elena has also been successful in a number of national and international competitions. In 2003, she won the EPTA (Malta) Competition which enabled her to attend lessons at the Liszt Academy in Budapest with one of the jury, Profs. Balazs Szokolay. The following year, she won 1st prize at the 12th Gianluca Campochiaro Competition (Pedara, Sicily). She also took part in the 6th Young Musicians Contest of the Malta Society of Arts, Manufacturing and Commerce where she placed 1st in her category. In 2011 she was 1st prize winner of the Bice Mizzi Vassallo Music Competition (Malta) which gave her the opportunity of a week of Masterclasses held at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, tutored by acclaimed pianist, Norma Fisher. In 2013, she graduated with first class honours in B.A. (Hons.) Music Studies, during which she was taught by Prof. Michael Laus for her solo pianoforte studies.

Following her Bachelor’s degree, she obtained her PGCE in music at the University of Malta. In 2014, her studies in pianoforte continued at the Royal Northern College of Music where she studied with Sally Ann MacLeod, as well as other visiting professors such as Michel Beroff, Philippe Cassard, Harvey Davies, Stefano Fiuzzi, Kathryn Stott and Hui-Ying Liu-Tawaststjerna, amongst others. It is here where Maria-Elena expanded her horizons by performing around Manchester, both as a soloist and with several duo and chamber ensembles; one of the most notable groups being Philetas Piano Trio.

In 2016, Maria-Elena graduated from her Master’s degree in Pianoforte studies at the RNCM, and is currently an active pianist, accompanist and teacher around Malta & Gozo, working alongside many established names such as Juliette Bisazza Zanni, Miriam Cauchi, Andriana Yordanova and many others, including being one of Malta Music Schools’ Staff Pianists.

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