KorMalta, Malta’s National Choir, is an initiative of Arts Council Malta, within the Ministry for the Local Heritage, the Arts and Local Government.
KorMalta handles both a cappella as well as symphonic repertoire with musical ensembles. KorMalta’s first concert Motets and Madrigals: From Sacred to Profane in December 2018, was an all a cappella programme which showcased the choir’s capabilities with some of the most well-known choral compositions spanning from the Sacred of de Victoria, Byrd and Bruckner to the profane of Monteverdi and Mendelssohn. In February 2019, KorMalta collaborated with the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra and a stellar line-up of Maltese and foreign soloists for the production of Mozart’s Great Mass in C minor. February 2019 also saw KorMalta joining the MPO for the Live to Film performance of Beauty and the Beast. KorMalta also collaborated with the MPO for a Holy Week concert in April, Sacred Utterances under the artistic and musical direction of Michelle Castelletti and in May with Michael Laus for Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace. The 2019-2020 season opened with an exciting collaboration with ViBE and the Valletta Cultural Agency for Biber’s Requiem in November. This concert was repeated as part of the 2020 Valletta Baroque Festival, to great acclaim. In November 2019, KorMalta was invited to travel to Vienna for the inauguration of the Maltese Crib that was displayed there last Christmas season, and to sing during High Mass organised by the Maltese Embassy in Vienna and the Office of the President at Votivkirche, a splendid neo-Gothic church in the heart of Vienna. The Office of the President then invited KorMalta to record an a cappella version of the Innu Malti to be transmitted before the President’s Christmas message.
KorMalta is also providing professional training for its choristers with masterclasses by local and international tutors. In preparation for its launch concert as well as for Biber’s Requiem, choristers underwent training with world-famous tenor Nicholas Mulroy. The engagement of such musicians of Mulroy’s calibre is of benefit to the choristers in achieving a higher level of choral singing.
KorMalta is prepared by chorus master and artistic director Riccardo Bianchi. Mro Bianchi is an Italian choir and orchestra conductor. After having carried out his choral conducting studies at the Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi in Turin, he was awarded the “Diploma di Merito” in 2015 and 2016 from the Accademia musicale Chigiana di Siena with Roberto Gabbiani. He has been furthering his musical training at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena where he studies orchestra conducting with Gianluigi Gelmetti. He graduated in Choral Conducting with Dario Tabbia, Orchestra Conducting with Antonino Fogliani and he is graduated with honours in Philosophy.