The Three Palaces Festival-Emerging Artists Concert- Ian Ellul (Violinist) Michaela Agius (Soprano)
Venue National Museum Of Archaeology, Republic Street, Valletta, Malta
Date 06-November-2018

Ian Ellul - violinistIan Ellul has been playing the violin since the age of seven. He was tutored by Ms. Lydia Micallef Sanchez for 8 years at the Johann Strauss School of Music. Later, he continued his studies under the tuition of Mr. Mario Bisazza and with his guidance, Ian obtained the Violin Dip. ABRSM. In December 2017, he started his tuition with Ms. Agnieszka Kuzma..... read more

Tuesday, 06-Nov-2018 at 12:30

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Ian Ellul - violinist

Ian Ellul has been playing the violin since the age of seven. He was tutored by Ms. Lydia Micallef Sanchez for 8 years at the Johann Strauss School of Music. Later, he continued his studies under the tuition of Mr. Mario Bisazza and with his guidance, Ian obtained the Violin Dip. ABRSM. In December 2017, he started his tuition with Ms. Agnieszka Kuzma.

Ian Ellul has been a member of the Malta Youth Orchestra since December 2012. He has also played in collaboration with the Hvitfeldtska Musikgymnasiet Symphony Orchestra in Malta. In October 2015 he joined the Junior College Orchestra while in May he participated in a festival held in Martigues, France. Ian Ellul participated in masterclasses with Mr. Carmine Lauri, Mr. Gyorgy Lakatos (in Budapest), Mr. Yuri Zhislin, Mr. Mauro Tortorelli, Mr. Karen Shahgaldyan; to mention a few.

In 2016 he participated in BISYOC (an international youth orchestral camp) which was held in Ludlow, United Kingdom. During the camp, apart from the orchestral concerts, he also participated in a chamber ensemble. In May 2016, Ian participated in an International High School Music Contest at the Volkswagen Arena in Istanbul, Turkey. In August 2016, he performed both as a soloist and as part of a student quintet in ‘Malta House’ in Brussels.

This orchestral season 2017-2018, Ian was chosen to start an internship programme with the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra. Last July, he participated in a collaboration with the Jugendorchester Stattegg Orchestra held in Austria. Later, he went to Greece to participate in an intensive programme of Masterclasses under the tuition of Ms. Natalia Lomeiko. At the end of July, he collaborated with the Stonleigh Youth Orchestra, in Prague.

Works performed:

  • J. S. Bach Partita 2 in D minor Allemande & Gigue
  • J. S. Bach G-minor Sonata no. 1: Adagio
  • Telemann Fantasies No. 1 in B flat major & No. 9 in B Minor from the 'Twelve Fantasias for Violin'
  • J.Massenet - Meditation (Thaïs)


Michaela Agius - soprano

Maltese soprano Michaela Agius  was born in 1999. She has been exposed to the musical world since the age of 4. Her musical ambition was always to become a professional singer.

Michaela started out by learning the piano at age five. She received multiple first place awards and was therefore invited to play at several annual prize-giving ceremonies. She has now reached diploma level. Michaela also showed a promising talent in singing at around the same age. Her singing adventure began locally through singing competitions where she also placed first several times and eventually compete twice abroad - in Macedonia and in Italy - where again she managed to place Malta’s name among the winners in both countries.

Her childhood successes in music led her to take up singing seriously, study classical voice with Nicola Said, a now successful opera singer who later introduced her to her former teacher Alice Horne at the age of eleven. Michaela then joined Alice Horne’s choir ‘Malta Opera Ensemble’ where she has performed a variety of different repertoire through annual summer and Christmas concerts in various venues locally. She later entered the ‘Malta International Arts Festival’ singing contest in which she was one of the youngest to take part and received the ‘special award’. She also won first prize in the Swieqi local council contest. This year, she was part of the archbishop’s personal choir under the direction of Maestro Hamish Dustagheer in which she had the opportunity to sing alongside the world-famous Clare College Choir.

She is currently studying with the renowned Juliette Bisazza with whom she has managed to prepare herself for her debut in today’s lunchtime concert.


Works performed:

  • J.Massenet - Meditation (Thaïs)
  • ‘Vaga Luna che inargenti’ – Vincenzo Bellini
  • ‘Malincolia Ninfa Gentile’ – Vincenzo Bellini

The Three Palaces Festival-Emerging Artists Concert- Ian Ellul (Violinist) Michaela Agius (Soprano)

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