The Malta Philharmonic Orchestra is currently accepting invitations for the positions of Clarinet (Sub-principal) and Cor Anglais (doubling Oboe).

The Malta Philharmonic Orchestra is recognised as the foremost professional musical institution on the Maltese islands, bringing together the best of Maltese talent and musicians hailing from ten other countries. Since its inception in 1968, the Orchestra has been under the direction of Malta’s most prominent musicians as its resident and principal conductors. In September 2014 internationally acclaimed conductor Brian Schembri was appointed Principal Conductor and Artistic Director.

The orchestra’s extensive calendar of events, places the MPO as Malta’s leading cultural ambassador. Performing in more than 70 concerts a year, including regular symphonic concerts annual opera productions, community outreach programmes and a number concerts of a lighter musical genre in various prominent venues around the islands. The MPO also collaborates with foreign orchestras and opera companies, leading to various cultural exchange programmes. Over the last couple of seasons the MPO undertook its first tour to China, with performances in eight major cities, as well as performances at the Expo 2015 in Milan and at the Alte Oper in Frankfurt. This season the MPO has performed at the Vatican in Rome, Bozar in Brussels and the Musikverein in Vienna.

The Orchestra is currently accepting invitations for the positions of

  • Clarinet (Sub-principal) 3 years definite contract
  • Cor Anglais (doubling Oboe) 3 years definite contract

Details of instrumental position

  • Sub-principal Clarinet – to play 2nd clarinet, acting principal clarinet when necessary, and with an obligation to play Bass Clarinet. Preference will be given to candidates who can also perform well on E-flat clarinet. An informal audition on the Bass Clarinet will be held during the probation period. Candidate must be in possession of his own Bass Clarinet.
  • Cor Anglais – to play solo Cor Anglais, doubling as 2nd or 3rd Oboe and with the obligation to play 2nd or 3rd Oboe when required.

Position Requirements - Professional musician, with extensive experience in orchestral playing - Qualifications: Music College Degree, Conservatory Diploma or University Degree in Music Performance

Application Requirements

Interested candidates are required to send in the following material to our MPO Offices

1. Completed Application Form
2. Detailed Curriculum Vitae
3. Copies of Relevant Qualifications
4. Video Recording*

*Candidates are invited to send a video recording of themselves performing a selection of orchestral extracts and/or solo playing with or without piano accompaniment. Recording may include performances chosen from the audition repertoire requirements or any similar repertoire, and should not be longer than 10 minutes.

Candidates may send links to your video recordings online, or send us the file via bulk transfer.

Completed application forms and supporting material need to reach the MPO offices by no later than 5:00 pm (CET) on Thursday 18th May 2017.

Application packs should be addressed to:

The Chairman Malta Philharmonic Orchestra 1, Triq John Lopez Floriana FRN1400, Malta

Or sent via email to:

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend an audition in Malta, which will take place on the 16th and 19th of June 2017. Successful candidates will be informed by the end of the week, and a starting date will be discussed and agreed.