The musicians that form part of this performance were brought together especially for the Music in Malta – From Prehistory to Vinyl project. The concert will see both a Cello-Duo and String-Trio perform pieces by J.S. Bach, Beethoven, F.A. Kummer and J.F. Dotzauer. Here are your musicians for the evening;

Lucie Kucharova commenced her violoncello studies with Bedrich Havlik, pursuing advanced study at the Janáček State Conservatory in her native Brno. She graduated after further specialising in violoncello performance at the Academy of Music and Performing Arts, Bratislava, simultaneously completing her academic studies at the Masaryk University, Brno. Recipient of numerous bursaries she also studied at the University of Copenhagen and the Conservatorio Giuseppe Tartini, Trieste. Between 1998 and 2004, Lucie performed with numerous orchestras in her native country including the Radio Symphony Orchestra and the National Opera Theatre Orchestra after which she became Principal Cellist with the Opera Giocosa del Friuli Venezia-Giulia. She was also a member of the Orquestra do Norte, Portugal. Amongst important concerts in her career is her participation at the Warsaw Autumn Festival, a concert in Lisbon with the participation of renowned tenor Placido Domingo, and at the Vatican City in a concert commemorating the 4th anniversary of the Pontefice with the Orchestra Sinfonica Giuseppe Verdi. She has been a member of the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra since 2009. Lucie features frequently as a soloist with various ensembles in Malta and Gozo and she plays an 1869 French Derazey cello.

Frank Camilleri started his cello studies with Mro Valeriu Popovici at an early age. He continued his studies under the direction of Simon Abdilla Joslin and attended several masterclasses in Malta and abroad. Frank obtained the Associate in cello playing from the London College of Music. He played with several orchestras in Malta and abroad including; The Brno Philharmonic Orchestra, the Mediterranean youth orchestra, and the European Union Chamber Orchestra amongst others.   In 2004 he was also chosen to form part of an orchestra which has been formed for the EU celebrations in Finland. In 2006 he became a full-time member with the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra. He also forms part of the Cordia string Quartet.

Václav Dvořák studied Conservatoire Brno with Prof. Jan Stanovský, the concertmaster of Brno State Philharmony Orchestra. He graduated from the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague from the class of Prof. Václav Snítil, and he finished his studies at the Royal Danish Academy in Copenhagen under renowned Prof. Milan Vítek. Dvořák performed on a valued Antonio Stradivari violin (1716) from the DKDM collection for a few years. So far he recorded for radio and television broadcasting companies in Czech Republic, Denmark, Israel, Japan and USA. Between 2003 and 2007 he worked as a professor of violin at the Prague Conservatory, Janáček Academy of Music in Brno. As a professor of violin, he participates in masterclasses in Czech Republic as well as abroad.

Ayako Omoto was born in Japan and began her violin studies at the age of 3. She changed to viola when she entered the Tokyo College of Music. In 2009, she commenced studies with Pierre-Henri Xuereb (viola) and Chantal de Buchy (chamber music) at the École Normale de Musique de Paris (ENMP) on scholarships from the Zaleski Foundation, Mr. Scheuing and the ENMP. She obtained le diplôme supérieur d’exécution (the superior execution diploma) in Viola in 2013, and le diplôme supérieur (the superior diploma) in chamber music in 2012. Since 2011, she has also studied at the Conservatoire Rayonnement Régional de Paris (CRR de Paris), where she obtained le diplôme concertiste(the concert artist diploma) in the class of Anne-Aurore ANSTETT (viola) and Pascal PROUST (chamber music) in 2013. She was a trainee of l’Orchestre Lamoureux in 2015 and of the New Europa Chamber Orchestra in 2016. Since 2015, she has been a member of l’Orchestre Hélios, which gives concerts in Paris, especially at the Madeleine Church, and in Normandy. In September 2017, she became a member of the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra.​

An Evening of Strings took place on Thursday 9th May in the Chapter Hall of the Mdina Cathedral.​​
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