Profile Malta Philharmonic Orchestra

The orchestra was founded on April 1, 1968 and was originally known as the Manoel Theatre Orchestra. Today the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra is made up of 60 full time musicians, attracting musicians from  11 different nationalities, many of whom have very successful chamber music and teaching careers alongside their orchestral work.

The orchestra’s extensive calendar of events consists of symphonic concerts at the Manoel Theatre, the Mediterranean Conference Centre and other venues, opera productions in Malta and Gozo, community outreach programmes, and also concerts of a lighter musical genre, the MPO & MYO in concert and the Classics under the Stars. The MPO is also actively involved in education programmes for children, involving them in workshops and bespoke performances with programmes targeting children as young as 3 years. The Orchestra is proud to have the internationally acclaimed violinist Carmine Lauri, co-leader of the London Symphony Orchestra, as the MPO’s guest leader for the next season. In 2014, Brian Schembri was appointed the Orchestra’s Principal Conductor and Artistic Director.

The Malta Philharmonic Orchestra has performed with distinguished conductors and musicians including Karl Jenkins, Joseph Calleja, Kate Alderich, Andrea Bocelli, Jose Carrera, Cecilia Gasdia, Carmine Lauri, Brian Schembri, Brigitte Engerer and also personalities from the pop world including Zucchero, Lucio Dalla, Ronan Keating and Michael Bolton. The orchestra is also a predominant exponent of Maltese composers and hosts competitions for young composers, performing the winning entries during the concert season. The MPO is also responsible for the orchestral training, research and professional development of young musicians through the formation of the Malta Youth Orchestra.

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