Pre-concert talk at 7.30pm
Frank Nuyts: Sonata no. 6 “Outlaw’s Exit” (2006)
Andy Akiho: Vick(i/y) for prepared piano (2008)
Steve Reich arr. Vincent Corver: Piano Counterpoint for piano and tape (1973/2011)
Described as “one of our most promising pianists of our generation” and “a demon of energy; yet one of impeccable articulation” by the Sunday Times of Malta, Gabi Sultana, who hails from the island of Malta, is a highly acclaimed soloist and chamber musician, especially within the contemporary music scene. Award recipient of the “Contemporary Music Prize” and “Outstanding Pianist” at the IBLA Grand Prize International Music Competition in Sicily, Italy, in 2013; finalist at the “De Linkprijs” - prize for interpreters of Contemporary Music in Tilburg, Holland, in 2012; winner of all available piano competitions before 2001 in Malta – EPTA; Young Musicians' Competition and Bice Mizzi Vassallo Competition. She was invited by EPTA UK to represent Malta in a concert at the Guildhall School of Music in London in 1999 and at the Festival of Winners Concert at the EPTA Conference 2000 held at the Liszt Academy in Budapest, Hungary. As the prizewinner of the Bice Mizzi Vassallo Competition, she attended the Lake District Summer Music International Festival in 2001.
Gabi has performed extensively in Europe, USA and Australia. As part of her prize at the IBLA Grand Prize International Music Competition, she was invited to tour the States of Virginia, Arkansas and New York culminating in her debut in Carnegie Hall in May 2014. Following the success of this tour, Gabi was awarded the "New York University Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò Audience Award" by the 2014 IBLA Grand Prize USA.