The 1st Joseph Sammut Malta International Double Bass Competition is a competition in which we aim to encourage young and professional musicians to perform, whilst creating a platform where they can build their confidence and experience through their musical and artistic expression.
We hope that with participating in this competition many young musicians will be able to fulfil their potential, by being heard and discovered by some of the leading double bass players and tutors of today, as well as help with their development into becoming artists with possible international careers.
The aim of this competition is to discover musicians / artists in every sense – meaning performers, that apart from their technical abilities, have a strong artistic personality and stage presence. The emphasis for judging is therefore not on the purely technical aspects of the performance, but also on the charisma and overall artistic impact the performer has on the jury.
This competition will be held live in 2022, however during this year, due to the many restrictions related to Covid-19 health regulations, the 1st edition will be held online.
The competition is open to contestants of all nationalities and countries. Participants compete in categories based on their age.
All pieces can be performed either with or without piano accompaniment.
The competition is divided into three categories:
Argotti Category is intended for candidates up to 13 years of age by the 1st of November 2021. The program is to include choice of one compulsory work from the list AND a free choice contrasting piece, lasting no longer than 5 minutes
St. Elmo Category is intended for candidates from 14 to 17 years of age by the 1st of November 2021. The program is to include choice of one compulsory work AND a free choice contrasting piece, lasting no longer than 7 minutes
Il Kastilja Category is intended for candidates from 18 to 24 years of age by the 1st of November 2021. The program is to include choice of the compulsory work AND a free choice contrasting piece, lasting no longer than 10 minutes.