Stefan Calleja

Born in 1995, Stefan Calleja started violin lessons at the age of 7.

After studying under the guidance of Fiona Giambra, he later obtained the Licentiate of the Royal School of Music through the direction of Mario Bisazza. In 2017 Stefan graduated from the University of Malta with a bachelor of arts degree in Music Studies under the tuition of Natalia Filipenko.

Stefan is current studying at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire with Clare Thompson, reading for a Masters in Music as a Trinity London College Scholar and Barbara and David Allen Scholar. In 2017-2018, he was on an internship with the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra and is regularly invited to join the orchestra for concerts and tours. He has also performed with a number of orchestras including the European Union Youth Orchestra, Mediterranean Youth Orchestra, European Union Campus Orchestra, Commonwealth Youth Orchestra, Stoneleigh Youth Orchestra and the University of London Symphony Orchestra.

With these orchestras, Stefan had the opportunity to travel around the globe and perform in some of the best concert halls in North America, Europe and Asia. As a solo and chamber performer, he has been invited to play several recitals around the island of Malta and toured in Italy as a duo with Desirée Quintano to give violin and cello recitals in August 2016.

He has also attended several masterclasses with acclaimed musicians such as Carmine Lauri, Salvatore Accardo, Natalia Lomeiko, Yuri Zhislin, Kati Sebestyén, Andrea Gajic, Sventha Danneberg, Brian Lewis and Gottfried Schneider.

In 2018 and 2019 Stefan was nominated by the Malta Arts Council as a finalist in the category Young Artist of the Year. He is very grateful for the sponsorships offered by the BOV Joseph Calleja Foundation and Janatha Subbs foundation.