The Honorary Consulate General of the Slovak Republic in Malta held its annual Slovak Republic National Day Celebration Concert at the Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry, last Saturday 19th October.
This year, the concert featured child prodigy, 11-year old violinist Teo Gertler, and a young adult on the piano, Antonio Gomena, still only 22 years old.
The President of Malta was also in attendance for this event, during which the two musicians collaborated in performing various renditions of classical pieces in violin and piano, including music by Poitr Tchaikovski and Jean-Marie Leclair, amongst others. Gomena also performed a piano solo by Frederic Chopin.
Teo Gertler is a student of the Ludovit Rajter Music School in Bratislava, Slovakia, and of the Toth Aladar Zeneiskola in Budapest, Hungary. In his debut appearance, at the age of 8, he won second prize in the 17th International Competition of Young Violinists “Nutcracker” in Moscow in 2016. He recently turned 11, but is already a laureate of numerous major international competitions.
Despite his young age, Teo has already performed solo with orchestras in Russia, Switzerland, Denmark, Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia. He played with the Budapest Festival Orchestra, with the Philharmonic Orchestra Brno, with the Slovak Sinfonietta, with the Hungarian Radio Symphonic Orchestra, and with the West Bohemian Symphonic Orchestra.
Antonio Gomena, born in Ariano Irpino, Italy, started playing at the age of 8. He soon performed as a soloist at Teatro Ariston of Sanremo, and at Teatro Palaturismo of Jesolo.
In March 2016, he made his debut at the prestigious Carnegie Hall in New York, performing as a soloist, and also with Korean soprano ChungWhaLim. Now at the age of 22, he has been described by Italian and foreign newspapers, as “an artist of formidable talent, whose star is destined to get brighter in the piano galaxy”.