Joseph Lia


He graduated in Music from the University of Malta. Supported by the Janatha Stubbs Foundation, he furthered his vocal training at the famous St. Petersburg State Conservatoire named after N. Rimsky-Korsakov under the tuition of Prof. Sergei Riazantsev, where he obtained a Master’s Degree in Voice Performance. With the support of the MGSS Scholarship, Joseph read for a Doctorate Degree in Voice Performance and Pedagogy under the supervision of Prof. Anatoly Kisilev and Prof. Sergei Riazantsev. He has performed many main opera roles and is also an accomplished recitalist, mastering the lieder and oratorio repertoire. He has given various solo recitals, and has taken part in various international festivals including the Tallinn BachFest, Universe of Music in Moscow, Italian Opera Taormina, Ragusa Ibla Organ Festival, Alion Baltic International Music Festival, Tallinn Organ Festival, Peter de Grote Chamber Music Festival in Holland, Gaulitana Festival, Victoria International Arts Festival and Spring Orchestra Festival in Malta. Lia also had the privilege to perform with the world-famous tenor Joseph Calleja during the annual patron’s event of the BOV Joseph Calleja Foundation. He has performed in venues of note, namely the Rachmaninov Hall, the St Petersburg Capella, the Glazunov Hall, Yekaterinburg Philharmonic Hall, Barnaul Philharmonic Hall, Manoel Theatre, Niguliste Cathedral, St. John’s Co-Cathedral, Wienersaal and others. He also served as a judge in various competitions in St. Petersburg, coached several singers and choirs, and invited to give presentations at the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatoire and Johann Strauss School of Music. He has been invited to give masterclasses in voice at the Vytautas Magnus University Music Academy in Kaunas, Lithuania, at the TISIA Istituto Universitario di Studi Musicale, Cefalù in Sicily, at the Piceno Classica Festival in San Benedetto del Tronto in Italy, and Elena Obratsova Cultural Centre in St. Petersburg, Russia. Joseph is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Malta International Organ Festival, an adviser for Europa Cantat, is the Head of the Creative Europe Desk Malta, is a visiting lecturer at the University of Malta within the Centre for Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the School for Performing Arts – Music Department, used to teach at MVPA and MSA, and has been appointed as member of the founding committee of the newly established KorMalta – Malta’s National Choir.