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Konstantin Ishkhanov: Malta Philharmonic Orchestra perform in Hanover for the first time

This spring, the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra will join forces with the European Foundation for Support of Culture embarking on a European Tour, starting in Hanover, Germany at the Hanover Congress Centre on Sunday, 16 May.

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The Malta Philharmonic Orchestra will perform under the baton of their Principal Conductor, Sergey Smbatyan, Founder and Artistic Director of the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra.

This spring, the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO) will join forces with the European Foundation for Support of Culture (EUFSC) embarking on a European Tour, starting in Hanover, Germany at the Hanover Congress Centre on Sunday, 16 May.

The Opening Concert within the tour will take place at the legendary Domed Hall of the Hanover Congress Centre on Sunday, 16 May. It represents one of the most striking buildings of the city and consists of different halls that are all connected to one another, hosting a large number of major cultural and artistic events. This year’s tour marks the MPO’s fifth tour in recent years, with performances in Germany, Russia, Austria and the USA in 2018, before the Moscow tour in 2019.

As for their previous European concerts in 2018, the MPO will perform under the baton of their Principal Conductor, Sergey Smbatyan, Founder and Artistic Director of the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra. Mr Smbatyan has performed alongside numerous prestigious orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia and the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra amongst many others.

The MPO will also be joined onstage by the virtuosic soloist Stella Chen, winner of the 2019 Queen Elisabeth International Violin Competition. Ms Chen has collaborated with various world-renowned orchestras, including the London Chamber Orchestra, Belgian National Orchestra and Brussels Philharmonic amongst others. 

The varied concerts programme will include Felix Mendelssohn’s famous Violin Concerto and another Violin Concerto from globally-recognised contemporary composer Alexey Shor. The orchestra will close each concert with a performance of Prokofiev’s noted Symphony No 1.

The European Tour will continue at the Kurhaus of Wiesbaden on the 17th, the Gasteig in Munich on the 19th and with the final event at the Golden Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna on the 21st.

“This upcoming European tour will, I’m sure, reinforce Malta’s reputation as a centre for artistic excellence, and provide immense benefits and opportunities for cross-cultural collaboration to both the MPO and their European audiences. I’m glad to see this tour starting in Hanover, which is a city with an incredible cultural heritage and with some of the most esteemed cultural and artistic centres in Europe. I’m sure it will be a great honour for the MPO to perform at the Domed Hall for the first time. Just like Hanover, Malta has an outstanding musical heritage, and on behalf of myself and everyone at the EUFSC I would like to express our pride at supporting such an important performance in Hannover. I look forward to our valued audiences in Europe having the opportunity to experience the work of this wonderful orchestra and, of course, our distinguished guest soloist, Stella Chen.” — Konstantin Ishkhanov, President of the EUFSC.

The Malta Philharmonic Orchestra will perform in Hanover on Sunday, May 16, starting a tour of Germany and Austria until the Friday, 21 May of this year.

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Konstantin Ishkhanov is the founder and president at European Foundation for Support of Culture.