The Malta Youth Orchestra (MYO) aims to skill Malta’s talented young orchestral musicians, while giving them opportunities to develop their ambition and aspirations. Operating in collaboration with the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO) Academy, the MYO nurtures a sense of professionality in our young musicians, through regular rehearsals, workshops, masterclasses and performances with local and international music tutors.
The MYO made its first public appearance in December 2004 during a concert held at the President’s Palace in Valletta under the direction of Michael Laus. Between 2011 and 2014 the MYO rehearsed regularly under the direction of conductor Joseph Vella, and has since then been working with a variety of prominent local and international conductors, including Peter Stark, Robert Hodge, Riccardo Bianchi, and Michalis Economou.
The MYO tackles core classical repertoire spanning several centuries and genres. The MYO has been busily engaged since its conception in various concerts including participation during Notte Bianca, Christmas concerts, and bespoke performances for the Ziguzajg Festival.
Once a year, MYO musicians often perform alongside musicians of the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO) in a special joint concert in Valletta. This highly successful collaboration helps fulfil one of the MYO’s aims of being an aspirational milestone for Malta’s young musicians, helping to nurture them into becoming the future musicians of the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra and ultimately the catalysts for our country’s cultural development.
In conjunction with MPO Academy, the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra also offers the possibility for the most talented MYO musicians to take part in a year-long internship program, allowing these exceptional musicians to opportunity gain invaluable professional orchestral experience.