An evening of con­tem­po­rary mu­sic by pi­anist Gabi Sul­tana

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Gabi Sul­tana is a highly ac­claimed soloist and cham­ber mu­si­cian, es­pe­cially within the con­tem­po­rary mu­sic scene. She is the award re­cip­i­ent of the ‘Con­tem­po­rary Mu­sic Prize’ and ‘Out­stand­ing Pi­anist’ at the IBLA Grand Prize In­ter­na­tional Mu­sic Com­pe­ti­tion in Si­cily, Italy, in 2013; fi­nal­ist at the “De Linkprijs” - prize for in­ter­preters of Con­tem­po­rary Mu­sic in Til­burg, Hol­land, in 2012; win­ner of all avail­able pi­ano com­pe­ti­tions be­fore 2001 in Malta – EPTA; Young Mu­si­cians' Com­pe­ti­tion and Bice Mizzi Vas­sallo Com­pe­ti­tion.

Gabi has per­formed ex­ten­sively in Europe, USA and Aus­tralia. As part of her prize at the IBLA Grand Prize In­ter­na­tional Mu­sic Com­pe­ti­tion, she was in­vited to tour the States of Vir­ginia, Arkansas and New York cul­mi­nat­ing in her de­but in Carnegie Hall in May 2014. Fol­low­ing the suc­cess of this tour, Gabi was awarded the "New York Univer­sity Casa Ital­iana Zer­illi-Marimò Au­di­ence Award" by the 2014 IBLA Grand Prize USA.

In May 2015, she made her Aus­tralian de­but at the Can­berra In­ter­na­tional Mu­sic Fes­ti­val, which also gave her the op­por­tu­nity to col­lab­o­rate with Syd­ney-based En­sem­ble Off­spring. In Jan­uary 2016, she was once again in­vited to join En­sem­ble Off­spring to per­form at the Penin­sula Sum­mer Mu­sic Fes­ti­val in Victoria, where she also gave a solo recital.

In Ghent (BE), where she is cur­rently based, Gabi has per­formed at the Ghent Con­tem­po­rary Mu­sic Week 2013, at Lo­gos Te­tra­he­dron and at the Gentse Vleugels (2011, 2012, 2013, 2015). In Novem­ber 2013, she recorded one of Frank Nuyts' awarded Pi­ano Sonatas dur­ing a show­case of his solo pi­ano works in De Bi­jloke in Ghent, Bel­gium.

In 2015, Gabi was in­vited to per­form for Ars Mu­sica (Brus­sels) as part of the "Les Mardis Con­tem­po­rains" se­ries. In 2011 she was in­vited by H.E. The Pres­i­dent of Malta to play at the Pres­i­den­tial Palace; and in 2015 she per­formed for the King and Queen of Bel­gium, to­gether with Lisa De Boos (dou­ble-bass).

The recital on Wed­nes­day 12 Oc­to­ber 2016 is the first in the ‘Wed­nes­days at the Ma­noel’ se­ries and in­cludes works by Con­tem­po­rary Com­posers: Frank Nuyts, Andy Ak­iho and Steve Reich arr. Vin­cent Corver.

There will be a pre-recital talk at 7.30pm

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