International award winning Irish violinist Karina Gallagher and international cellist Christopher Greenhalgh will be delighting the audience at the Oratory of St. Francis in Republic Street, Valletta with an extraordinary violin and cello performance on Thursday 17th May 2018 starting at 12 noon.
The exciting programme highlights an interesting varied repertoire ranging from Bach to Swedish Sibelius. The performance features Henze Serenade for solo cello and Bachs Prelude, courante, sarabande and gigue from the 1st cello suite. The programme ensues with Sibelius Serenade in C for violin and cello, Glieres Berceuse and Canzonetta for violin and cello. Bach features again in the programme with his Chaconne, Partita no.2, followed Mark O'Connors Caprice no.1 written for violin solo.
International award winning Irish violinist Karina Gallagher was born in Cork on the south-coast of Ireland. She made her professional debut in 1995 at the Wexford International Music Festival and subsequently made her orchestral soloist debut with a performance of the Khachaturian Violin Concerto with the Wexford Sinfonia.
Karina graduated with a 1st Class Honours BMus from the Royal College of Music, London and was the winner of the prestigious RCM Concerto Competition. She continued her studies at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance where she graduated with a 1st Class Honours MA. In 2007, after competitive international audition Karina became the first and only Irish violinist to ever study with Maestro Salvatore Accardo in Cremona. She has been awarded merits and scholarships from renowned institutions in both Europe and the United States such as RCM Scholar (UK) Lyric FM scholar (Ireland), Accademia Walter Stauffer scholar (Italy) and Henri Mancini Fellow (USA). Karina also undertook soloist studies with Massimo Quarta at the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiano in Lugano, and Daniel Rubenstein at the Institute de Musique Eugene Ysaye in Brussels. A multi-instrumentalist, she has also been awarded honours for graduate level piano and viola performance, and conducting. Karina has collaborated in chamber music performances with renowned musicians such as Toby Hoffman, Massimo Quarta and Stefano Bollani.
Karina and her sister Aiveen form Irelands only international award winning violin and viola ensemble. Since the duos debut in 2014 at the Vilnius State Theatre they have performed in cities such as Paris, Krakow and New York and have been the recipients of numerous international bursaries and awards from legendary artists such as violinist Ivry Gitlis and violist Bruno Giuranna. The duo are three time international prizewinners, and have given masterclasses and workshops at several universities in the USA. Recognised for their devotion to the ensemble and repertoire for violin and viola they were invited by the composition department of Steinhardt School of Music, NYU, to perform a series of new works composed specifically for and dedicated to Collailm Duo.
A passionate educator, Karina served as teaching assistant to international virtuoso Stefan Milenkovich at the University of Illinois, and also held the position of String Department Teaching Assistant at Frost School of Music, University of Miami, Florida.
Currently residing in Malta, Karina has performed for cultural institutions such as the Irish Embassy, the Arts Council Malta, and the Malta Society of Arts.
Christopher Greenhalgh began playing the cello at the age of 11. Born in Sweden to American / Finnish parents he grew up mainly in the England. After completing his studies with Nicholas Jones in Manchester at the Royal Northern College of Music, he has worked as an orchestral and chamber musician in England, Portugal and Malta as well as taking part in projects in Spain, Netherlands, Germany and Lebanon. He also enjoys collaborating with musicians outside of classical music and has taken part in projects with the Invisible Circus at Glastonbury Festival and singer-songwriter Ben Jordan at the Isle of Wight Music Festival. He plays a cello made by Edward Gaut.
Proceeds from the event will go to the Church of St. Francis. Tickets, 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: email@example.com.