New television competition Brillanti to launch searching for brilliant musical talent



Auditions took place in front of the judges with only the most accomplished making it through.

Each season of Brillanti will be focusing on a particular sector within the arts. This inaugural series shall be dedicated to the field of music, and has thus been opened to Maltese musicians of every calibre, irrespective of age, instrument, or experience. An arduous selection process shall see interested applicants whittled down to a core group of talented musicians who display the most potential, and viewers shall then be able to follow these artists as they face a series of disparate music challenges every week, with a number of candidates facing elimination during every programme.

Finally, a select group of finalists shall face off during the programme’s Grand Finale, with the eventual winner walking off with no less than €10,000 in cash, as well as the opportunity to take to the stage in concert alongside a full-sized professional orchestra, thanks to the sponsorship of the European Foundation for Support of Culture led by its President Konstantin Ishkhanov.

Presiding over this entire process will be a specially-selected jury board representing talent, discernment and experience in equal measure, hand-picked both from Malta and abroad by Chetcuti himself. Featuring the steady hand of Albert Storace, who has become a household name on the back of a career in the world of music and opera spanning more than 40 years, the panel will also be graced by the presence of Maltese soprano Nicola Said, whose work has received platitudes from audiences and critics alike both locally and internationally, and that of the globally-celebrated British conductor, organist and pianist Wayne Marshall, who was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2021 New Year Honours for his services to music.

From left: Nicola Said, Wayne Marshall Albert Storace

All three personalities have been raring to get started on the challenging yet rewarding task of identifying Malta’s most promising musical talents, with Storace declaring that "I never cease to wonder at the great musical talent in these Islands”! This was a sentiment echoed by Marshall, who has already admitted to being left impressed by the level of talent on offer across the Maltese Islands, stating that “this competition has been a fascinating journey so far. Unprecedented in Malta, this promises to be very special. Don’t miss it!”

Said, meanwhile, has hinted at a first season packed full of standout performers, confessing that “I got so excited watching new talent! The show is fun, challenging and innovative and there’s something in it for everyone. I myself had the opportunity to perform in Dubai thanks to the EUFSC, and I’m glad that many other accomplished Maltese musicians will be able to live such amazing experiences”.

Chetcuti, for his part, has promised that this will be no mere run-of-the-mill competition, but “shall be different from anything we’ve seen before; a spectacle, a huge, exceptional show… it will be brilliant!”

Brillanti will premiere this Friday 8th April on ONE TV at 20:30. For more information about the programme, visit the official Facebook page here.

Julian Francalanza


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