Karl FIORINI

Artistic Director

“One senses the arrival of an important new talent in Karl Fiorini.”

– Rick Jones (Words and Music)

“He [Fiorini] is an important composer” – David Wright (Wrightmusic)

“Be prepared to find yourself challenged with music alternating between dissonance and tonal progressions.” – Howard Smith (Daily Classical Music)

“With humility, eclecticism and a keen sense of harmony, Fiorini’s music retains the attention of the listener, often taking challenging and unexpected twists and turns, but retaining cogency and coherency.” - Lucy Jeffery (MusicWeb)

“..a successor to such figures as Bartok and Shostakovich.” – The Classical Reviewer

Composer Karl FIORINI (December 1, 1979) is internationally recognised as one of the new voices in classical music. Although still in his mid-30s Fiorini’s prolific career started at the age of 10, whose opus today totals more than 50 compositions, ranging from solo to chamber music to orchestral works. His style is marked with a sense of self-mockery and eclecticism, without lapsing into clichés.

 

Born in Malta, Karl Fiorini was early encouraged towards a career in classical music by his teachers. In his native country, he studied under composers Joseph Vella and the late Charles Camilleri and with Diana Burrell when attending the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and with Michael Zev Gordon at the Royal College of Music, London where he obtained his Doctorate. After his formal studies in the English capital, Fiorini moved to Paris to dedicate himself uniquely to composing. Fiorini’s early works were influenced by a type of Maltese nationalism and Mediterranean identity, still very prevalent in the music of his Maltese contemporaries. However  after he moved to France, he had completely detached himself from this movement. During this time Fiorini began to develop a rhythmic and harmonic language, which crystallised in his latest works. Fiorini wrote several pieces based on literature, setting texts in the Maltese, French, German, English and Spanish languages. His most acclaimed work is Cadavre Exquis from 2012, where he set texts from three contemporary French, Spanish and Maltese poets, for three voices, orchestra and mixed media, commissioned by the Ensemble Télémaque, France as part of Marseille European Capital for Culture 2013. The European Contemporary Orchestra – ECO premiered this work at the Ballet National de Marseille, and later performed it in Mons and Flagey Theatre, Brussels, for Mons European Capital for Culture, 2015. Fiorini’s creativity has been encouraged by commissions coming from the European Union Chamber Orchestra, UK, The Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, the Rotterdam Ensemble, Elixir Ensemble, France, Orcquestra do Norte, Portugal, Conservatoire de Musique et Danse d’Avignon, Conservatorio Superior de Granada, individual patrons, institutions, festivals, and soloists.

 

Fiorini’s works are regularly programmed and to date his music has been heard in most European cities, China, Japan, Thailand, Russia, Siberia, Ukraine and the US. Important venues where his music was performed include the Berlin Konzerthaus and the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, the Flagey theatre, Brussels, Manoel Theatre, Malta, Kyoto City Hall, Japan, Cadogan Hall, London, Gulbenkian Centre, Lisbon and the Cathedral St Louis des Invalides, Paris. Between 2010 and 2012 he was composer in residence of the Orquestra do Norte, Portugal and in 2013/14 composer in residence of the Conservatoire de musique et danse of Avignon. In addition to his composer career Fiorini is also the founder and artistic director of the International Spring Orchestra Festival, an annual classical music festival taking place in Malta during the month of April. His CD of Violin Concertos has been released in 2014 by Divine Arts Records.