This is the 5th edition of the Festival. This year, the Malta International Music Festival is taking place during Easter time, when the whole Republic of Malta is pulsating with one of its most important festivities and lives its tradition with passion and devotion to its millenary roots and culture. So Malta will be twice worth a visit when the Malta International Music Festival puts the main emphasis on the piano, in 2017.
On this occasion, some of the most prestigious pianists of our times like Grigory Sokolov, Jan Lisiecki and Andrey Gugnin will finally have their Maltese debut. Spectacular concerts, masterclasses for the star-pianists of tomorrow with famous piano teachers like Dmitri Bashkirov, Yoheved Kaplinsky, Pavel Gililov, Lev Natochenny and Valery Piasetsky for, and a prestigious competition in four age categories will turn Malta into a cultural and musical event of international importance. The winners will be awarded with prizes up to Ђ 20.000. Also, the festival supports contemporary composers.
In 2017, Karl Fiorini, Joseph Vella and Alexey Shor from Malta will be composers in residence of the festival.
The Malta International Music Festival was founded in 2011 by the European Foundation for Support of Culture. Since then, the annually organized festival has established itself as one of the most important cultural events in Malta, combining exceptional concert events with masterclasses and competitions in all branches of instrumental music.
In collaboration with the Maltese-Russian Friendship Foundation and the Mediterranean Centre for Culture and Art. Endorsed by Valletta 2018 Foundation.