COLIN ATTARD (Accompanist)

Ministry for Gozo Hall, Victoria

Up-and-coming violinist Pierre Louis Attard featured another concert of the Opera Weekend, part of the Youth & Music series within the festival. Attard, accompanied by Colin Attard, performed various works: Bloch’s Baal Shem Suite, Wieniawski’s Legende, Lalo’s Symphonie Espagnole, Szymanowski’s Le Chant de Roxanne and movements from Bach’s Partita No.2 for Solo Violin.

PL photo new 1 (p. 18 foto PL 2)



Born in 1994 in a highly musical family in Victoria, Gozo, Malta, Pierre Louis started attending violin lessons at the age of 4 with Marcelline Agius under whose guidance he has obtained Dip. ABRSM. Later he also took up the viola and piano. As an Ian Tomlin scholar, he is undergoing an undergraduate degree at Edinburgh Napier University, majoring in violin under the tuition of Lise Aferiat. He is very active in the University’s concert life and is also the leader of the Edinburgh Napier Chamber Orchestra. He has also attended several master classes, including one with renowned Russian violinist Yuri Zhislin (2013) as well as one led by world-renowned conductor Gustavo Dudamel (2012).

Since an early age Pierre Louis started appearing in public regularly playing as soloist. In 2010 he had made his foreign debut appearing in Florence (Italy), where he returned in 2014 on the invitation of the Centro Arte Vito Frazzi (Scandicci). In 2012, he debuted as solo violinist with the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra re-appearing a year later in a concert launched on CD by Italy’s Verso l’Arte Edizioni.

Pierre Louis was the leader of the Malta Youth Orchestra and every so often he is invited to join the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra. He also performed with the Upper Austria String Orchestra and BISYOC Orchestra. In 2014 he was chosen as sub-principal 2nd violin of the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland. For the past two years, he served as co-leader of the Universities of Scotland Symphony Orchestra. Currently, he forms part of the Edinburgh Charity Orchestra and Scottish Sinfonia.