Vivacious Duets

Vivacious Duets

Violinist Klara Nazaj and cellist Akos Kertesz will be giving a sparkling and vivacious recital at a lunchtime concert to be held at the Oratory of St. Francis on Tuesday 17th May 2016 at 12:30pm.

Vivacious Duets is a performance that will feature, as its title implies, vivacious music. The elegant and eclectic programme will feature some of the worlds greatest music ever written.  The duo will perform Corellis Sonata IV Op. 5 No. 8 (Preludio-Allemanda-Sarabanda-Giga); Schuberts Menuett; Purcells Aria and Gavotta and Pleyels Duetto (Moderato-Menuetto).  The programme will also include the baroque Johann Sebastian Bachs Gavotte I and II form the 3rd English Suite and ninetieth century French composer Danclas Duo on themes from Mozart`s "Don Giovanni".


Albanian-Italian violinist Klara Nazaj joined the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra in 2011, after having worked for the Orquesta de Extremadura, the Orchestra Roma Sinfonietta, and the Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma. Klara graduated from the Conservatorio Tito Schipa, Lecce and continued her studies in the prestigous Scuola di Musica di Fiesole. She was also a member of the Italian Youth Orchestra. Throughout her career, Klara has toured all over Europe, China, the United States and South America, and collaborated with artists such as Ennio Morricone, Roberto Abbado, Daniele Gatti, Jeffrey Tate, Krzysztof Penderecki. An avid chamber musician, Klara is the founder and first violinist of the Kalypso Ensemble and the Balaton Duo.


Hungarian cellist Akos Kertesz joined the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra in 2012. Previously he worked in the Hungarian State Opera, the Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra, the Limburgs Symfonie Orkest, and Het Residentie Orkest. He graduated from the Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest, then furthered his studies in the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. Akos has toured extensively in Europe, the United States, and Japan. Akos has worked with artists such as Ton Koopman, Robin Ticciati, Neeme Jarvi, Gianandrea Noseda, Yutaka Sado, Jose Carreras, Kiri Te Kanawa, Joseph Calleja, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Toru Yasunaga. A chamber music enthusiast, Akos is a member of the Kalypso Ensemble and cellist of Balaton Duo.

The lunchtime concerts are aimed at giving a platform to local and foreign artists and, it gives the opportunity for the audience to experience the charming oratory.  The oratory has an interesting history as before the main church was enlarged in the beginning of the 20th Century, the large chamber was used as the refectory for the religious community. It was then transformed into an oratory, adorned by magnificent baroque paintings, a magnificent gilded altarpiece and original monks benches.

The events are fund raising events for the Franciscan Church, which is undergoing extensive structural restoration. Tickets for the lunchtime concerts, costing 8 euro, can be obtained from the venue itself half an hour before the concert begins. For more details phone 7968 0952 or email:


Corelli: Sonata IV Op. 5 No. 8



Schubert: Menuett


Purcell: Aria and Gavotta


Pleyel: Duetto  (Moderato-Menuetto)


Bach: Gavotte I and II form the 3rd English Suite


Dancla: Duo on themes from Mozart`s "Don Giovanni"