For almost a quarter century Maltese Canadian flutist Rebecca Hall has held the post of Principal Flute with the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra. Her playing, described as “beautiful, sensuous, sensitive and poetic” has made her a perennial favourite with audiences in Malta and internationally, whether as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestra member or educator.
A student of Joanne Lowe (Memorial University of Newfoundland.), Fiona Wilkinson (University of Western Ontario) and mentored by Marina Piccinini (Peabody Conservatory), Rebecca Hall supplemented her studies in Master classes with Peter-Lukas Graf, James Galway, Alain Marion and Raymond Guiot, most notably at the Domaine Forget International Academy. Rebecca Hall was a multiple prize winner in competitions across Canada including the CIBC National Music Finals and Laurence Beauregard Competition.
As comfortable at the front of the stage as in the orchestra, her concerto appearances have included several works by JS Bach, as well as CPE Bach, Mozart, Chaminade, Nielsen, Rodrigo, Lukas Foss and Maltese composer John Galea.
As Principal Flute of the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, Rebecca Hall has performed on stages from Australia to America, including New York's Carnegie Hall, Vienna's Musikverein, Berlin's Philharmonie. Frankfurt's Alte Oper, Munich's Gasteig, Moscow's Conservatory and Zaryadye Auditoriums, Shanghai's Oriental Arts Centre and Brussels Bozar.
Some of her most significant chamber music performance venues include the Royal Castle in Warsaw, Khachaturian House in Moscow, Frankfurt's Mozart Saal and the Goossens Hall in Sydney Australia as well as numerous performances in Malta's National Theatre, the Manoel.
Recordings in her catalogue include world premieres by Salomon Jadassohn and Frederick Kelly for Nimbus Records, as well as Maltese composers Albert Garzia, Charles Camilleri, Joseph Vella. Her solo and chamber performances have aired on CBC, BBC and Australian Broadcasting.
In her role as artistic director of Camerata Galatea, she celebrates the equal representation of works from female composers as diverse as Hildegard of Bingen to Amy Beach and Malta’s Veronique Vella. This commitment is reinforced by public presentations and solo lecture recitals.
A champion of new music, Rebecca Hall has commissioned new works for chamber ensemble, most recently Albert Garzia’s “On the Edge of the Eastern Ocean”, which premiered at the International Sound Symposium Festival in Canada. Her role as muse to composer Jack Behrens led to her doctoral thesis on his works for flute, the first study on the wind music of this Canadian composer.