Cello and Piano Melodies

Cello and Piano Melodies

Cello and Piano Melodies

Cellist Lucie Kucharova and pianist Sofia Narmania will be performing at a lunchtime concert on the 28th of March 2017 at the Oratory of St. Francis Church in Valletta.  They will be performing a fascinating programme of cello and piano music. 

The programme will focus on 19th and 20th century composers such as Gabriel Faure`, Saint-Saens and Rachmaninov.   The duo will perform David Poppers Melodie on Antoine Rubinstein theme Op 3 No 1, Gabriel Faure`s Sicilienne op.78 and Elegy Op 24 and Josef Suks Ballade and Serenade Op 3.  The programme ensues with Antonin Dvoraks Silent Woods Op 68/ V, Saint-Saens The Swan and Rachmaninovs endearing Vocalise.

Lucie Kucharova commenced her violoncello studies with Bedrich Havlik, pursuing advanced study at the Janek 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. Following the completion of her studies, which included chamber music performance, she worked at the Landestheater Detmold in Germany. She also represented the Academy of Music and Performing Arts of Bratislava with the Philharmonie Junge Donau under the direction of the legendary Tam Vasy.


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 Pontifices 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. She plays an 1869 French Derazey cello.

The events are fund raising events for the Franciscan Church. 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:



Gabriel Faure (1845-1924): Sicilienne op.78 and Elegy Op 24      

David Popper (1843-1913): Melodie on Antoine Rubinstein theme Op 3 No 1

Josef Suk (1874-1935): Ballade and Serenade Op 3

Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904); Silent Woods Op 68/ V

C. Saint-Saens: (1835-1921); The Swan

Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943); Vocalise Op 34 No 14