Malta In­ter­na­tional Dou­ble Bass sum­mer camp makes its mark

The Malta Independent on Sunday - - MUSIC -

The dou­ble bass is be­com­ing an in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar in­stru­ment in Malta thanks to the an­nual Malta In­ter­na­tional Dou­ble Bass sum­mer camp, or­gan­ised by Prof. Gjorgji Cin­cievski and Ms Michelle Sci­cluna - prin­ci­pal and co-prin­ci­pal dou­ble bass play­ers at the Malta Phil­har­monic Or­ches­tra.

This event has made Malta a European land­mark and in­ter­na­tion­ally-recog­nised dou­ble bass learn­ing des­ti­na­tion with in­ter­na­tional stu­dents par­tic­i­pat­ing from Por­tu­gal, Poland, Italy and other European coun­tries, as well as many lo­cal stu­dents. This years' edition was held be­tween the 8th and the 10th of Septem­ber.

Malta In­ter­na­tional Dou­ble Bass days in­cluded lessons, mas­ter­classes, lec­tures and con­certs held by Gjorgji Cin­cievski, Michelle Sci­cluna and in­ter­na­tion­ally-ac­claimed tu­tors, Prof.Miloslav Jelínek - pro­fes­sor at the Janáček Academy of Mu­sic and Per­form­ing Arts in Brno, Czech Repub­lic and at the Univer­sity of Os­trava , as well as Francesco Pierotti - one of the most ver­sa­tile Ital­ian dou­ble bass play­ers whose reper­toire and vast ex­pe­ri­ence in mu­sic, range from clas­si­cal mu­sic to jazz play­ing.

On 9 Septem­ber, Prof. Francesco Pierotti was joined by lead­ing Maltese jazz mu­si­cians Joe De­bono on pi­ano and Joseph Camil­leri Jr. on drums who treated the au­di­ences to a su­perb full-house jazz con­cert, that at­tracted both lo­cal and for­eign jazz lovers.

The cul­mi­na­tion of this week­end was the par­tic­i­pants’ con­cert on the evening of the 10th of Septem­ber where each and every par­tic­i­pant had the op­por­tu­nity to play in front of the au­di­ence at Robert Sa­mut Hall in Flo­ri­ana.

It was truly a his­tor­i­cal mo­ment as, for the first time, an 11year-old child per­formed on mini bass as a soloist. The “Frère Jac­ques” duet was per­formed by Daniel Salerno and Jac­ques Grup­petta – the youngest two par­tic­i­pants and the first ones to play a dou­ble bass at a con­cert at that age in Malta.

The per­for­mance in­cluded a sextet of dou­ble bass stu­dents, quar­tet played by the tu­tors, as well as a Dou­ble Bass en­sem­ble made out of 14 dou­ble basses of var­i­ous sizes. There was also the op­por­tu­nity to hear the pre­miere per­for­mance of Prof. Je­linek and Prof. Cin­cievski play­ing on the two newly-pur­chased Ital­ian dou­ble basses by the Malta Phil­har­monic Or­ches­tra.

The Malta Phil­har­monic Or­ches­tra fully spon­sored and sup­ported the Malta In­ter­na­tional Dou­ble Bass days. This made it pos­si­ble for the full week­end events, in­clud­ing evening con­certs, to be free of charge for all par­tic­i­pants and au­di­ences. Stu­dents of all ages were en­cour­aged and wel­come to par­tic­i­pate, ir­re­spec­tive of their level, giv­ing even com­plete be­gin­ners the op­por­tu­nity to at­tend and take lessons by such prom­i­nent dou­ble bass pro­fes­sion­als. The event was sup­ported by Pi­ras­tro Strings and Mer­lin Pub­lish­ers.

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