Lucia Micallef

Lucia Micallef 

lucia micallef 

Lucia Micallef was born in Malta and studied the piano with Giovanna Bascetta. From a very early age, Lucia performed as a soloist and also regularly played with the Johann Strauss School of Music orchestra conducted by Austrian conductor Alexander Maschat.

Lucia went on to win a scholarship awarded by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music to study at the Royal Academy of Music in London with Lois Phillips. She later worked with Alexander Kelly, Ruth Harte and Hamish Milne and also attended several masterclasses including the Corso di Perfezionamento at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena with Rudolf Buchbinder.

Lucia Micallef has performed in Malta, Great Britain, Italy, Germany, Czech Republic and North America. She has played at numerous festivals including the Prague Easter Festival, the Edinburgh Festival and the International Spring Orchestra Festival in Malta. Lucia has represented her country on various occasions. She performed for all the assembled Heads of State at the Crans Montana Forum and for the inauguration of the opening of the Malta High Commission in London.

Lucia has performed as a soloist with many orchestras including the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, the Virtuosi of London under the direction of Anthony Goodchild, the Britten Sinfonia conducted by Nicholas Cleobury and the European Union Chamber Orchestra with conductor Brian Schembri. She is also recognised as an accompanist and chamber music player and has worked with many distinguished artists among them Stefan Popov, Nicola Loud, Pauline Lowbury, Daniel Hope and Vladimir Ovchinnikov.

Lucia has broadcast frequently on television and radio both in Malta and abroad. Broadcasts include TVM(Malta), BBC (UK), Mezzo ( France) and CBC( Canada).

In 2011 Lucia Micallef and soprano Gillian Zammit made a recording of The Love Songs of Paolo Tosti at the Menuhin Hall in Surrey, UK. It was released in the same year by Claudio Records.

In 2015 Lucia recorded Keyboard Concertos by J S Bach BWV 1052, 1054, 1056, 1058. This took place at St.John's Smith Square in London with the European Union Chamber Orchestra conducted by Brian Schembri. Divine Art Records released the recording to much critical acclaim:

I welcome this superb new disc without reservation. Her Bach playing is quite magnificent, and she is most admirably partnered by the EUCO under Brian Schembri. The recording is also first-class in every respect. A truly outstanding production in every way.
Robert Matthew-Walker (Musical Opinion)

To mark the launch of the recording Lucia Micallef, Brian Schembri and the European Union Chamber Orchestra gave a performance at St James Piccadilly followed by a reception at the Oriental Club in London. Apart from her work as a soloist and chamber music player, Lucia Micallef has been artistic director of several festivals and other cultural activities.

As cultural consultant to the Manoel Theatre, she founded the Malta Baroque Festival and the Music and More concert series. In the year 2000 Lucia instigated and co-ordinated a year-long festival focusing on the arts of the twentieth century which highlighted music, painting and architecture.
She was also artistic director of a violin and piano concert series showcasing the works of British composers and organised two other festivals Celebrating Handel and Celebrating Britten.

From 2013-2015, Lucia Micallef was one of the artistic directors of the Three Palaces Festival, held at the Presidential Palaces and other historic buildings in Malta.



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