One of the most brilliant musicians to emerge from Malta, Brian Schembri started his music studies with his father Carmelo Schembri and later graduated in piano and conducting at the Kiev and Moscow “Tchaikowsky” Conservatories studying with A. Snegiriov, S. Dorensky, R. Kofman and G. Rozhdestvensky.
While still very actively performing as a concert pianist, he started working as assistant conductor with Michel Plasson and Emmanuel Krivine. Eventually dedicating most of his time to conducting, he became Chief Conductor of the OPF Orchestra and the Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa and more recently, Music Director at Malta National Theatre “Teatru Manoel” and Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra.
He has been guest conductor with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, l’Orquestra Ciutat Barcelona, l’Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, l’Orchestre Nationale de Radio France, the Lithuanian State Symphony, the Novosibirsk Philharmonic, London Mozart Players, l’Orchestre National de Lyon, the Svetlanov State Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie, Hong Kong Opera, Lubeck, Nancy and Rennes opera theatres. He has participated in the “Festival Massenet”, “Octobre en Normandie”, “Les Rencontres Musicales d’Evian”, “Lisboa em Festa”, “Kings Lynn Festival” and “Henley Festival”.
CD recordings include a CD Piano Recital of sonatas by Beethoven, Schubert and Rachmaninov and other CDs of works by Charles Camilleri with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (Divine Art Diversions DDV24126), J.S. Bach concertos with the European Union Chamber Orchestra (Divine Art DDA 251280) as well as Alexandre Tansman Wind Concertos with soloists Diego Dini Ciacci and Fabrizio Meloni (CPO).