Event Details


22/11/2019 - 06/12/2019

Undoubtedly, one of the largest events during this time of the year for the lovers of art and classical music is the Malta International Organ Festival, which this year will take place from 22nd November till 6th December.  A festival surely not to be missed with 15 concerts by world-renowned musicians in the beautiful Cathedrals, Basilicas and Churches that showcase some of the Maltese Islands’ most stunning architectural and artistic heritage.

The festival brings together world-renowned, top-notch international and local musicians with some of the greatest music written for the organ.  This year, already in its 6th edition, the festival can boast an eclectic programme featuring the organ as a solo instrument, as an accompanist for voice and other instruments, and as part of an ensemble.

Cultural Heritage is often associated very narrowly with museums and archaeological sites, but Malta possesses a much more extensive patrimony of heritage assets including music and our beloved churches and cathedrals.

It was with the arrival of the Knights of St John and the lifting of the Great Siege of 1565, that the building of modern Malta commenced, and the archipelago’s landscape was transformed beyond configurations that had changed very little since prehistoric times. Fortifications, wonderful palaces and a network of small cities, towns, and villages emerged, where at the heart of each was a church.

These small cities, towns, and villages today form the historic centre of our archipelago’s urban landscape, and many are also the venues for the Malta International Organ Festival.

The arts have always played a large role in Maltese culture, and it is everyone’s aim that the high calibre programme that has been put together should serve as an endorsement to the event’s international status, becoming now a regular part of the Malta cultural calendar.

The programme kicks off with a pompous concert featuring one of Sicily's best brass ensembles formed from brass players of the Teatro Massimo of Catania, under the direction of Simone Valeri with Marco D'Avola on the organ at the St Paul's Anglican Pro-Cathedral, Valletta.

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Friday 22nd November - 19:30
Opening Concert - Pomp & Splendor - Organ & Brass
Marco D'Avola (Italy) - Organ & Fanfare Brass Ensemble from Teatro Bellini of Catania under the direction of Simone Valeri (Italy)
St. Paul's Anglican Pro-Cathedral, Valletta  - €20

Saturday 23rd November - 19:30 
Organ & Alphorn
Francesco Di Lernia (Italy) - Organ & Carlo Torlontano (Italy) - Alphorn
St Mary Magdalene Church, Valletta - €15

Sunday 24th November - 19.00
J.S. Bach's Cantata 'Ich Habe Genug' BWV 82
Stefano Molardi (Italy) - Conductor/Organ & Joseph Lia (Malta) - Baritone
St Mary's Parish Church, Gudja  - €15

Monday 25th November - 19.15
Solo Organ Concert
Mario Ciferri (Italy) - Organ
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish Church, Balluta - free

Tuesday 26th November - 19.00
Solo Organ Concert
Pavel Kohut (Czech Republic)
Jesus of Nazareth Parish Church, Sliema - free

Wednesday 27th November - 19:15
Solo Organ Concert - The Bach Family
Arno Hartmann (Germany) - Organ
St Julian's Parish Church, St Julians - free

Thursday 28th & Friday 29 November - 9:30 till 16:00
I Malta International Organ and Organ & Voice Competition
Rotunda of St John the Baptist, Xewkija, Gozo

Thursday 28th November - 19:15
Solo Organ Concert
Jan Van Mol (Belgium) - Organ
Cathedral of the Assunta, Victoria Gozo - free

Friday 29th November - 19:15
Organ & Voice Concert
Presentation of Results of I Malta International Organ and Organ & Voice Competition
Daniel Zaretsky (Russia) - Organ, Maria Lyudko (Russia) - Soprano, Joseph Lia (Malta), Baritone and Competition Winners
Rotunda of St John the Baptist, Xewkija, Gozo - free

Saturday 30th November - 19:30
Organ Inauguration Concert - Organ & Trumpet
Franco Cefai (Gozo) - Organ & Jason Camilleri (Gozo) - Trumpet
St Anthony of Padova Church, Ghajnsielem Gozo - free

Sunday 1st December - 20:00
Baroque Music - Organ & Oboe
Elena Sartori (Italy) - Organ & Sandro Gori (Italy) - Oboe
St Mary Parish Church, Qrendi  - €15

Monday 2nd December - 20:00
Solo Organ Concert - The French Legacy ​
Petra Veenswijk (Netherlands) - Organ
St Augustine Parish Church, Valletta - free

Tuesday 3rd December - 19:00
Organ Inauguration Concert - Organ & Baroque Violin
Giacomo Benedetti (Italy) - Organ &  Giacomo Granchi (Italy) - Violin
Oratory of the Basilica, Senglea - free

Wednesday 4th December - 19:15
Organ & Violin Concert
Marina Omelchenko (Russia) - Organ & Avner Vernius (Russia) -Violin
Our Lady of Annunciation Parish Church, Balzan - free

Thursday 5th December - 19:30
Organ & Clarinet Recital
Mariano Meloni (Italy) - Organ & Antonio Puglia (Italy) - Clarinet
St Gregory Church, Zejtun - €15

Friday 6th December - 19:30
Final Concert - Missa Mundi
Julian Mallek (Germany) - Organ, Joseph Lia (Malta) - Baritone
St John's Co-Cathedral, Valletta - free

Block Tickets:

Block Ticket: €70 - includes also VIP seating for the last concert - Missa Mundi at St John's Co-Cathedral.

Tickets can be purchased on-line ​or from

  •  Malta Postal Museum,
    133, Archbishop Street

Opening hours:

Monday to Friday - 10:00 till 16:00

Saturday - 10:00 till 14:00

For the free concerts, a donation towards the festival's expenses will be appreciated.



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