Teatru Manoel will be organising 'Baroque Festival 2017: Bach and the Spirit of the Dance' on Sunday, 15th January 2017 at the National Library in Valletta.
Bach French Suites nos. 1, 3, 4 and 6 will be performed by John Irving, 'one of the foremost exponents of the period piano in the UK'.
John Irving is an established performer on early keyboards (notably fortepiano, harpsichord and John Irving - Copyclavichord), specializing in music of the 18th century. International Piano has described his Beethoven playing as 'Excellent...played with historical awareness and humour'. John's performances on fortepiano challenge traditional expectations of the piano repertoire of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, going beyond the notated texts into an improvisatory mode of creative engagement with the score that recaptures performance expectations in the 18th century. By turns virtuosic and extemporary, his performances are noted for their accessible engagement with audiences, offering fresh insights into this repertoire using original instruments or modern copies. His most recent solo CDs are Josef Haydn Piano Sonatas (Devine Music, 2015) and John Irving Plays Mozart on the Hass Clavichord (sfzmusic, 2013). His chamber music disc, Beethoven and the art of Arrangement with Ensemble DeNOTE (Omnibus Classics, 2015) won a 5* review in Early Music Review. Recent and forthcoming appearances include King's Place; Milton Court, Barbican Centre; Greenwich International Early Music Festival; LSO St. Lukes; Brighton Early Music Festival; North York Moors Chamber Music Festival; St Cecilia's Hall, Edinburgh; the Holywell Music Room, Oxford; Royal Irish Academy of Music, Dublin; Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana, Lugano; ORPHEUS Instituut, Gent; Fondazione Cini, Venice; and the Geelvinck Festival, Amsterdam.
John is Professor of Performance Practice at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London. Previously he was Professor of Music at Bristol University and subsequently Director of The Institute of Musical Research at London University. An internationally recognized Mozart scholar, he has published six books on Mozart, including an international best-selling biography, The Treasures of Mozart (André Deutsch, 2010) and contributions to the internationally-acclaimed The Mozart Project (a digital book for iPad).
Further information about this event can be obtained from the Manoel Theatre by phoning on 00356 21222618 or visiting http://goo.gl/qa1eSI.