St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Erik Azzopardi - piano

Thursday, 15 September at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

Erik Azzopardi - piano

JS Bach

               Prelude and Fugue no.15 in G, Book 2

JS Bach

              French Suite no.3 in B minor

                           I. Allemande
                          II. Courante
                         III. Sarabande
                         IV. Menuet and Trio
                         V. Gavotte
                        VI. Gigue

Marcello (transcribed JS Bach)

                 Adagio from Oboe Concerto no.3 in D minor

JS Bach

                The Italian Concerto

                         I. Allegro
                        II. Andante
                       III. Presto

Erik Azzopardi graduated from Trinity College of Music (London) in Piano Performance and holds an undergraduate degree in Music Studies from the University of Malta. He studied under Loranne Debono, Rita and Joe Psaila and Michael Laus in Malta, Simon Young at Trinity College, and has received significant coaching from Balazs Szokolay, Brian Schembri, Mikhail Kazakevich, Stephen Kovacevich, Peter Bithell, William Aide, Gwenneth Pryor, Martino Tirimo and Graham Fitch.

After a number of years exploring chamber music and vocal repertoire, most notably with musicians of the Reigate Wind Ensemble, Erik is making a return to the stage as a soloist. Last year Erik had the pleasure of opening the ninth edition of the International Spring Orchestra Festival in Malta with the Reigate Wind Ensemble, in which they performed the Mozart Quintet, the Poulenc Sextet, and also premiered a specially commissioned work by Dutch composer Marlijn Helder to great critical acclaim.

Erik has performed locally and abroad. In London, he has performed at the Little Proms, at Trinity College of Music, in various churches and at Southwark Cathedral. He has performed in festivals in Brighton, Bognor Regis, Redhill and Cardiff. Last year Erik was invited to perform with the All Saints Orchestra and Chorus in a performance of Britten's Noye's Fludde. In Malta he performed in his formative years at the prestigious Manoel Theatre, at the Casino Maltese and at St. James Cavalier. In Tunisia Erik performed at the opening of the Science City whilst in Turkey he gave performances of Maltese music at the ECUME Conference. During his years at the University of Malta he formed Trio Solaris (an ensemble consisting of piano, clarinet and violin/viola) with Godfrey Mifsud and Sarah Spiteri, with whom he played on various occasions. Erik has worked with the late Maltese composer Prof. Charles Camilleri on various occasions in Malta and abroad. He has also worked with composers Joe Vella and Karl Fiorini.

In 2002-2003 he co-organised the second series of Windows on Music, a series of monthly concerts showcasing the talent at the Music Department of the University of Malta, supported by the Manoel Theatre and the Malta Tourism Authority. In one of these concerts he had the privilege of performing Bach's Italian Concerto for the President of the Republic, at the Palace in Valletta.

Currently, Erik is working at Thomas's Day Schools as a repetiteur and piano tutor. His interest in singing has taken him to coach children in drama productions with Sunrise Schools (London) and Centru Tbexbix (Malta) and to set up a local community choir in Stoke Newington. In his free time, Erik is also developing his skills as a composer having written music for a children's musical (Secrets of the Seeds, 2015) and a ballet show (The Little Mermaid, 2016).

Having practised yoga for over fifteen years and qualified as a yoga practitioner (RYT200) in 2009, Erik is able to offer yoga tuition designed to aid instrumental practice and performance.