The 46th ESTA International Conference took place in Malta from Tuesday 10th to Saturday 14th April 2018.

The theme of the Conference was "Cross-Strings II" which was a reminder of the 33rd ESTA International Conference of 2005 which was held in Malta and had "Cross-Strings" as a theme.
On Monday 9 th April, a pre-conference 5-hour Colourstrings Workshop by Geza Szilvay was attended by participants who arrived in Malta a day early.
The venues were the lecture rooms and theatre of the Catholic Institute Floriana and the nearby Robert Samut Hall, which which belongs to the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra.
The Foyer of the Catholic Institute served as the Exhibition Hall and also housed the Conference Desk.
The evening of Tuesday 10 th saw the Official Opening of the Conference and Exhibition amid a reception held at the Catholic Institiute, which was followed by the first concert at the RobertSamut Hall.

The Exhibitors:
Thomastik-Infeld Strings (main sponsor of the Conference), D'Addario strings, Warchal Strings, Cassia Harvey Publications, Kathy and David Blackwell publications.

The Presidents' Meeting took place at the Piano Room of the Catholic Institiute on Wednesday 11th at 9:30am and the Delegates Meeting at the same place on Friday 13th at 9:00am.

The following Lectures took place:
Albert Garzia/Antoine Frendo: A look at what was possibly Charles Camilleri’s last work
Sventha Danneberg: The start of the state school of music in Valletta.
Pedro de Alcantara: Four exercises to relax your bowing; Listening: the acquisitive and receptive ears
Lenneke Willems: The Mini Violin method
Eylem Arica (with Ebru Ayata): How contemporary Turkish composers used traditional forms in their compositions for the violin
Claire Thomsen: From Kvæði to Skype a short introduction to the music life of the Faroe Islands in words and pictures
Johannes Lievaart: Suzuki and sensory-motor teaching
Sergei Emelyanov/Irina Lapteva: Duets for violin and violoncello based on Tatar’s composers and folk pieces
Geza Szilvay: Introducing the Kodály philosophy based colourstrings
Gilvano Dalagna: Rethinking career development for performers: dilemmas and opportunities
Philip Ciantar: String playing and the professionalisation of Andalusian music in North Africa
Filiz Kaya: The kemençe: teaching technique to beginners
Jorge Alvez: The importance of managing the natural proportions in an equal temperament music culture
Erich Scheungraber: “Bartok´s laboratory” a pedagogic approach to his 44 duos
Pierre-Henri Xuereb: Viola d’amore from baroque to contemporary music
Eva Belvelin: Little things for little strings; Finger pattern tunes for violin and viola
Clarissa Foletto: Developing autonomy: the role of parents and teachers in children’s practice
Simon Schembri: The guitar in dialogue with the orchestra and string quartets
Steve Bingham: Technology in string teaching:the pleasures and the pitfalls
Mauro Tortorelli: The unedited works for violin and piano of Mario Castelnuovo Tedesco (written with the help of the legendary J. Heifetz) on the 50th year since the demise of the composer.

There were the following Masterclasses:
Wolfgang Klos: Viola masterclass with emphasis on studies – focussed on Lilian Fuchs Etudes with the participation of Andjela Sibinovic
Karl Peter Schöning: Cello Masterclass
Mauro Tortorelli: Violin Masterclass

The Concerts Were:
Gjorgji Cincievski: Different phases in Bottesini’s compositions for the double bass: (a lecture – recital) with the participation of Reggie Clews (violin) and Michelle Scicluna (piano)
Steve Bingham: Lines and loops
Eylem Arica, Ebru Ayata, Filiz Kaya: Traditional and contemporary Turkish music for strings
Karl Peter Schoening: (at St. Lawrence Church Birgu) with Oskar Valeberg and Titus Johansson
Reuben Pace: Listening to Orpheus Today (clarinet plus String Trio)
Eva Belvelin: Scandinavian Strings
The Closing Concert was that of the ESTA Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Jutta Seppinen
Responsible were: Kjell-Oke Hamren, Artistic advisor; Katarzyna Theus, Logistic and administration [KLANGFORUM SCHWEIZ]; an idea of Werner Schmitt.

Apart from the pre-conference Colourstrings workshop, the following workshops took place:
Marlies Muijzers: Workshop: musical expression
ESTA Italia Playday Team, Conductor: Simone Genuini: A whole day workshop was organised by the PLAYDAY Team of with cooperation of ESTA Malta. The Conference participants were able to witness the conclusion at the Catholic Institute Theatre.

The Cultural Programe:
The Excursion on Friday 13 th was graced with beautiful weather: the ferry across the harbour led to the old town Birgu and included a tour of Fort St. Angelo, whiich in medieval times was the home of the count of Malta and became in 1531 the citadel of the Knights of the Order of t. John that later withstood one of the most ferocious sieges in history.
At 8:45pm on Friday, the participants filled the historic Casino Maltese in the geographial centre of Valletta for a memorableGala Dinner.
On Saturday before lunch-time Alfred Tonna, the retired cellist of the National Orchestra led a tour of St. Publius Church, describing the World War II bombing and reconstruction and explaning the riches contained therein. - the conference having taken place in the precint of the current feast of St.Publius, first bishop of Malta.
Apart form the Main Sponsors Thomastik-Infeld, the Conference was also sponsored by the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, the Malta School of Music, D'addario, Warchal, Pirastro, Kathy and David Blackwell publications, the Corinthia Group of Companies and Petrolea ltd.
The 46 th ESTA International Conference was endorsed by Valletta 18, European City of Culture.

Prochaine Conférence internationale

26.04 - 1.05

Crémone, Italie

Financial help

ESTA Solidarity Fund