Teatru Ma­noel pre­sents: gui­tar con­cert by Si­mon Schem­bri and The Parisii String Quar­tet

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Gui­tar was a very pop­u­lar in­stru­ment in Malta when Si­mon Schem­bri started play­ing it at the age of six. At the age of nine, he was al­ready giv­ing con­certs and was awarded the li­cence of the Royal Schools of Mu­sic of Lon­don (L.R.S.M.) when he was 14. The fol­low­ing year, he was cho­sen as a stu­dent of Master Alexan­dre Lagoya at the Con­ser­va­toire Na­tional Supérieur de Paris where he was awarded First Prize. He has won in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tions and is a mem­ber of the Ye­hudi Menuhin and Ge­orge Cz­iffra Mu­sic Foun­da­tions. The Malta Clas­si­cal Mu­sic Award paid trib­ute to his ca­reer and legacy to the Mal­tese mu­sic scene.

Ac­claimed vir­tu­oso, Si­mon Schem­bri gives nu­mer­ous recitals in France, his adopted coun­try, and also in Verona, War­saw, Is­tan­bul, Tu­nisia and Venezuela. He also ded­i­cates a large part of his ac­tiv­ity to cham­ber mu­sic play­ing quin­tets with Qu­atuor De­bussy, Qu­atuor Lud­wig, Qu­atuor Parisii, duets with great artists Alexan­dre Lagoya, Marielle Nord­mann, Yuri Bash­met, and or­ches­tral works in renowned halls namely the Théâtre du Châtelet with Solistes de l’Orchestre de Paris, Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Salle Pleyel, Cathé­drale des In­valides with Orchestre de la Garde Répub­li­caine, Palais des Con­grès Paris with Orchestre Lamoureux, Pur­cell Room Lon­don, Liceo Madrid, Royal Cas­tle War­saw, and in ma­jor in­ter­na­tional fes­ti­vals, Aix-les-Bains, Chartres, Biar­ritz, Mediter­ranean Fes­ti­val, Flâner­ies Mu­si­cales de Reims.

Si­mon Schem­bri has con­stant in­ter­est in the evo­lu­tion of the gui­tar. He pre­miered sev­eral works from Jac­ques Chail­ley, Erik Marche­lie, Gor­don Mizzi and Karl Fior­ini and has been closely work­ing with Span­ish gui­tar maker Ig­na­cio Rozas and Savarez Strings. He is a Pro­fes­sor and reg­u­larly gives mas­ter­classes in sum­mer mu­sic acad­e­mies namely the Academie In­ter­na­tionale de musique de Lozère, des Pays de Loire and Mu­si­calta.

Founded by four stu­dents from the Con­ser­va­tory of Paris, all first prize lau­re­ates in both in­stru­ment and cham­ber mu­sic, the Parisii Quar­tet re­cently cel­e­brated its 30th an­niver­sary, thus em­pha­siz­ing the out­stand­ing achieve­ments of its 30 years of mu­si­cal and hu­man ad­ven­ture, unique in their in­ten­sity and rich­ness.

The key­stone in their itin­er­ary, the search of the per­fect sound and pro­found con­vic­tion that mu­sic needs to be lived from the in­side, is legated to the Parisii Quar­tet from its master, Mau­rice Crut, bril­liant rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the French-Bel­gian tra­di­tion and mem­ber of the renowned Pas­cal Quar­tet.

The con­cert will be held on Sat­ur­day, 15 Oc­to­ber at 8pm and in­cludes works by Boc­cherini, Gi­u­liani, Marche­lie, Dyens, Pi­az­zolla, Rigney, Al­b­eniz and Bar­rios. A pre-con­cert talk will take place at 7.30pm

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