Organist John Aquilina to inaugurate the Frobenius Organ at Jesus of Nazareth church

Music lovers should not miss the upcoming inauguration concert of the Frobenius Organ by John Aquilina at the Church of Jesus of Nazareth, Sliema, on 29 March 2019 at 7.15p.m.. The concerts are courtesy of the Rev. Parish Priest, Fr. Joe Cilia, O.P., and the Dominican Friars. Entrance is free of charge.

John Aquilina will be performing organ works by Johann Sebastian Bach, George Frideric Handel and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. He will playing the Frobenius Organ which has just been installed in the church by Robert Buhagiar. The organ is a one manual and pedal organ with 6 stops with mechanical action, and in the neo-baroque Nordic style.

John Aquilina is one of Malta’s leading organists. Between 2001 and 2017, he has been the Organist at Mdina Cathedral, Malta. He is now Organist Emeritus of the same Cathedral.

A self-taught musician, John has previously been organist at St. Nicholas’ Church, Siggiewi and St. Andrew’s Scots Church, Valletta.
John has been privileged to be mentored by Douglas HAAS (Canada) and the late Nicholas ZELLE (UK). John has also attended master classes with late French organist and composer, Jean GUILLOU, in 2009 in France.

He has recorded a CD entitled “Organs of Malta” (Ad Vitam Records AVR110415, distributed by Harmonia Mundi) which is the first commercially available CD of the historic organs in Mdina Cathedral and St John’s Co-Cathedral. His performances can also be followed on the Internet.

He has also given a number of solo recitals in Malta’s cathedrals and major churches and accompanied choirs in major choral works. He has performed and improvised in the Malta International Organ Festival, the 29th Tallinn International Organ Festival, Estonia 2015, and the BrucknerTage, St Florian, in 2017. He delivered Early Italian Organ Music master classes to budding international organists in Estonia.

John’s musical activities continue to combine the recreation of works in the organ repertoire with the spontaneity of improvisation. In fact, he was the first Maltese organist to have given an entire improvisation concert. He has also composed organ and choral works.

John Aquilina
Mobile: (+356) 7927 9676
Email: [email protected]

(Parish) Church of Jesus of Nazareth, Sliema

Robert Buhagiar Organ Builder and Restorer

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