Baroque Festival : a string trio plays the Goldberg Variations

The Goldberg Variations by J.S. Bach

A Transcription by Gjorgji Cincievski.

World Premiere for string trio: double bass, viola and violin


Nicolas Dautricourt, violin
Pierre Henri Xuereb, viola
Gjorgji Cincievski, double bass

Details and tariffs

Producer : Teatru Manoel
Venue: Church of All Souls (St. Nicholas Church), Valletta
Date: 18 January 2014
Time: 12:00
Price: €10

Producer: Teatru Manoel
Venue: Church of All Souls (St. Nicholas Church), Valletta
Date: 18 January 2014
Time: 12:00
Price: 10 €


Published in 1741, Bach’s Goldberg Variations (BWV988) are often regarded as the most important set of variations composed in the Baroque era. The use of the theme and variations form was widespread in the Baroque period. The composer begins with a tune, usually very simple, and then alters something about it – tempo; complexity – in each successive variation. Such a form allowed composers to show off their skill in turning a simple theme into something grand and spectacular.

This arrangement has been specially written for the Valletta International Baroque Festival.


Nicolas Dautricourt – Violin


Voted “ ADAMI Classical Discovery of the Year” at the Midem in Cannes, Sacem “ Georges Enesco” Prize, Nicolas Dautricourt is undoubtedly one of the most brilliant and engaging French violinists of his generation.

Invited in 2012 to join the prestigious Chamber Music Society Two of Lincoln Center in New York, he has appeared at major venues around the world, taking part in many festivals and concerts.

Nicolas Dautricourt, who is appreciated for his « sensitivity and passionate manner », is particularly fond of chamber music and jazz, having played with some of the best musicians and ensembles in both genres.

Finalist and prize-winner of numerous international violin competitions, such as the Henryk Wieniawski Competition in Poznan, the Jeunesses Musicales Competition in Belgrade, the Rodolfo Lipizer in Gorizia and the Gian-Battista Viotti in Vercelli Competitions, he has studied with Philip Hirschhorn, Miriam Fried, Jean-Jacques Kantorow, Gérard Poulet and Jean Mouillère among others, before becoming artistic director of « Les Moments Musicaux de Gerberoy». in 2007

He currently plays a magnificent instrument by Sanctus Seraphin (Venice, 1735), on loan from the association Zilber.

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Pierre Henri Xuereb - viola


After a first prize from the Conservatoire de Musique in Avignon, Pierre Henri Xuereb obtained First Prize at the Paris Conservatoire in viola class of Serge Collot at the age of sixteen. He perfected his training in the United States, first at Juilliard School, then at Boston University where he obtained the University’s Performance Award and a Bachelor of Music cum laude.

Having studied with William Primrose, of whom he was one of the last pupils, he was a finalist of the Ernest Bloch Competition at the Juilliard School and Hindemith Competition of both Juilliard and the Aspen Festival.

After having auditionned for Pierre Boulez in New York, he joined the Ensemble Intercontemporain as a soloist for two years.

As a soloist and chamber musician, he collaborated with many prestigious ensembles and orchestras and regularly been invited to play in various chamber music festivals. He has made regular appearances in TV and radio broadcasts and has recorded a number of CDs for 3D, Timpani, Harmonia Mundi, Talents, Adda, Calliope, and Deutsche Grammophon.

Pierre Henri Xuereb is professor of viola at the Paris Conservatoire and at the Ecole Nationale de Musique in Gennevilliers. He also regularly performs and teaches at international summer academies and festivals.

Artistic director of the "Florence Gould Hall Chamber Players" from 1991 to 1998, he organized a concert series at the Florence Gould Hall in New York, in which participated his colleagues Patrick Gallois, Michel Lethiec, Annick Roussin, Philippe Muller, Jean-Louis Haguenauer and Fabrice Pierre.

He is a regular member of the Patrick Gallois Quintet and defends contemporary music with the members of Ensemble Alternance.

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Gjorgji Cincievski – double bass


Born in Skopje, Macedonia, (29.10.1981), Gjorgji began playing the double bass at the age of 15 studying with Prof. Blagoj Marotov, at the State Music High School “ Ilija Nikolovski –Luj”-Skopje, Macedonia, where he finished these initial studies with the highest performance marks.

In 2001 he continued his education at the Royal Northern College of Music- Manchester, United Kingdom.

In addition to his excellence in performance, Gjorgji was awarded the prestigious Professional Performance Diploma, obtaining it with distinction..

As a versatile musician, Gjorgji Cincievski has performed with some of the world leading orchestras and has taken part in many prestigious festivals around the world. He was many times awarded with awards such Sir Charles Halle Award- England, Didsbury Emmanuel Solo Recital Prize – England, The Eugene Cruft Double Bass Prize-England, 1st Prize in 36th State Music Competition in Macedonia.

Apart from being an active performer, Gjorgji has continued with his educational work and has held numerous master classes, workshops and lessons on many different occasions.

As a musician of wide interest Gjorgji has collaborated with many musicians of different genres, example for this is the numerous projects and collaborations with different ensembles and musicians. Very noticeable are his interest in composition and arranging, and constant quest and transcriptions of finding new pieces to be performed on the double bass.

His latest edition of the “Goldberg Variations” by J.S.Bach arranged for Violin, Viola and Double bass is expecting to be published at beginning in the first quarter of 2014.

Gjorgji is currently the Principal / Solo double bass player with the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, at the same time continuing being active both as soloist, and teacher.

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Dernière modification : 14/01/2014

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