On Sunday 20th January, at 6.00 pm at the Mater Dei Chapel, a concert of flute and harp was going on.
La flutist Fiorella Camilleri and harpist Anne Marie Camilleri Podestà magnificiently executed musical works by Antonio Vivaldi no 6 for Flute; Christoph Willibald Gluck Dance of the blessed spirits; La Flute de Pan (the first and the second movement) by Jules Mouquet; Jacque Ibert Entr’acte, Cinema Paradiso Love theme, Ennio and Andrea Morricone; La Vita è Bella by Nicola Piovani; Per le antiche scale by Ennio Morricone; Astor Piazzolla, Histoire du tango Bordel e Café 1930; Pietro Mascagni from the Intermezzo della Cavalleria Rusticana and, lastly, Fredrick Chopin, Variations on Rossini Theme.
Maltese-born flutist Fiorella Camilleri started playing the flute at the age of 14. Since then she has been an active chamber musician with different ensembles playing a varied repertoire ranging from the classical to the contemporary. Fiorella Camilleri is the founder of the Camilleri Lucini flute and guitar duo, performing in Italy, Malta and Japan respectively. Her latest chamber music achievement led her to Shizuoka and Tokyo in Japan, where she led a research based project merging Maltese and Japanese traditional music (2017). This project was supported by the Malta Arts Fund. Fiorella believes in constant personal development through practice and education by participating in masterclasses with principal orchestra players such as (most recently) Ms Emily Beynon, Mr Paul Edmond Davies, and Mr Andreas Blau. In 2018, she was expected to participate as an artist at the Aurora International Music Festival in Sweden.
Previously she has attended a number of master-classes; namely with Peter Lukas Graf, Marina Piccinini and Nicola Mazzanti. In 2017, she won the Young Musician Award, which enabled her to go and study at the Thames Valley University at the London College of Music, studying with Christine Hankin. Fiorella holds both ATCL and LTCL diplomas with distinction. Furthermore in April 2012, she finished the two year Masters degree Biennio Specialistico in Flute performance at the conservatory of music ‘Orazio Vecchi Tonelli’ in Modena, under the guidance of Michele Marasco, Andrea Oliva, Gabriele Betti, and Salvatore Vella, in Catania.
In addition to her music career Fiorella holds a Bachelor degree in International Relations from the University of Malta (2004).
Anne Marie Camilleri Podestà took up the harp when she was twelve under the tuition of Donata Mattei and later with Ester Gattoni. At sixteen, she became a member of the Malta Philarmonic Orchestra (MPO), and over the years has been consistently asked to perform with it. Last month she joined the MPO on it’s tour to the USA and Russia, performing at Carnegie Hall in New York, Washington, Philadelphia, Moscow and St Petersburg. Anne Marie is a founding member of the Ġukulari Ensemble, which performs music related to Malta. The Ġukulari Ensemble have released two CDs and performed in Hungary, Italy, Portugal and Austria. Anne Marie also featured in Fantasie, a CD for solo Horn by Etienne Cutajar. She has also recorded works with the Malta Philarmonic Orchestra.
Anne Marie represented Malta when it joined the European Union, in a concert at the Konzerthaus in Vienna, where she played Handel’s Harp concerto. Anne Marie has played with the European “Syphonieta”, the European Chamber orchestra, the Sophia Philarmonic, the Orquestra Sinfonica Portuguesa and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. She performed a world premiere entitled Ġesti, composed by Prof. Charles Camilleri at the Ninth World Harp Congress held in Dublin in July 2005. Ġesti gives its name to her CD as a solo artist – Ġesti: Harp Music from the Mediterranean, in which she explores the haunting beauty of Mediterranean rhythms. She is the Maltese correspondent for the World Harp Congress. Anne Marie is a consultant anaesthetist and intensivist.
Donations at the concert were given to FACES charity VO/0151. FACES is a registered voluntary organisation which set up in Malta in February 2003. As an organisation, it aims to better the quality of life of individuals who due to poverty, displacement and other adverse situations are unable to access vital services such as health care and education. Through the provision of these services FACES aims to supply these underprivileged individuals with the opportunities necessary to realise their potential as human beings.
Let us keep using music as a source of solidarity towards the needy ones!