The 46th ESTA (European String Teachers Association) International Conference in Malta will be held between the 10th and 14th of April, 2018. This conference is held in a different country annually and the various activities differ from year to year, however keeping the same patterns such as concerts, innovations in pedagogy, masterclasses, round tables and cultural excursions, to mention a few. Pedagogical innovation is always one of the outcomes of ESTA conferences, and this Conference aims to provide the required insight to continue addressing local shortcomings when it comes to music literacy.

During this Conference, artists are always learning through each other, whether they are actively engaged through their own presentations or not. The conference will coincide with the First National Children’s Violin competition, with the “Bumm Bumm il-Bieb” classroom pilot project which aims to enable all primary school children to read and sing the melodic line (the basis of our European music heritage) as well as the preparations for “Play-day”, a project between the Maltese and Italian sections which will enable many young string players to get together for a final concert during the days of this International Conference.

The days leading up to the Conference will see the encouragement for children to take up a string instrument, with particular emphasis on the double bass, an instrument severely lacking in Malta.

The Conference will see various Artist collaborators involved, including Prof. Eylem Arica (Turkey), Erich Scheungraber (Germany), Eva Belveden (Sweden), Kjell-Oke Hamren (Sweden), Ines Ana Badanjak (Croatia) and Dr Philip Ciantar (Malta).

During the Conference, there will be an introduction to the late Charles Camilleri’s final work. There will also be contemporary music sessions by Joseph Vella as well as by young composers, providing a mini showcase of Maltese contemporary music. A local collaboration will include lecturers from the University of Malta School of Performing Arts.

The main venue will be the Catholic Institute in Floriana. It will be free to members of the Malta Youth Orchestra, who will be encouraged not only to attend but also act as helpers and will be able to formulate their own contacts with the visiting artists. An exhibition will also be running throughout the Conference.

This Conference is endorsed by the Valletta 2018 Foundation.