Tuesday 10th April to

Saturday 14th April


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ESTA 2018 Conference Sponsors

ESTA would like to thank all its sponsors for their generous contribution and support.


Principal Sponsor


In the world of string manufacturers, Thomastik-Infeld Vienna, established 1919 by Dr. Franz Thomastik and engineer Otto Infeld, holds a position of exceptional importance. Amongst professional and amateur musicians and guitarists it is en vogue to string their instruments with Thomastik-Infeld products.

Located in the center of the city of music - Vienna, Austria - Thomastik-Infeld manufactures a vast variety of musical instruments strings for bowed and fretted instruments. All strings are handmade and 97% of them are exported to more than 90 countries worldwide. A continuous aspiration for innovation allows us to meet the latest requirements of the musicians’ needs. Thus, a large number of renowned orchestras and soloists around the globe rely on the unparalleled quality and the unique sound of our strings.





Pirastro is proud to sponsor the ESTA conference in Malta. The exchange of ideas and new ways to further develop string teaching and associated sectors is key to helping children enjoy learning any string instrument. We hope that the spirit of not only the oldest but one of the most famed universities in the English-speaking world will stimulate the entire conference!




D'Addario will be displaying a selection of our Orchestral strings and accessories, as well as sampling players and teachers with our latest products and inviting them to share their feedback.

D'Addario & Company, Inc. is the world's largest manufacturer of musical instrument strings and accessories, featuring such Orchestral brands such as Kaplan, Zyex, Pro-Arte, Helicore, and Prelude. A family-owned and operated business with roots dating back to the 17th century and 1,100 employees worldwide, the company manufactures 95% of its products in the United States.




WARCHAL Strings utilize the experience of two generations of professional violinists. Our high quality strings are created using state-of-the-art technology. We use the latest materials and you can now benefit from the advanced formulations that we have developed. Warchal Strings has also introduced several unique new ideas such as our recycling program for used strings and our new helix violin E strings. We continually invest in product research and development and are committed to providing players with exceptional quality. Designed for you using our heads and with all our hearts.



Malta Philharmonic Orchestra

For half a century, the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra has been Malta’s leading musical ensemble.

The orchestra was founded in April 1968, when musicians from the defunct “C-in-C” orchestra of the Malta-based British Mediterranean Fleet regrouped as the Manoel Theatre Orchestra. It continued to serve as the theatre’s resident orchestra until September 1997, when it became an independent orchestra, taking up the name National Orchestra of Malta in the process.The Malta Philharmonic Orchestra assumed its present name in 2008, when it was expanded into a full-size symphony orchestra bringing together the best of Maltese talent and musicians from Europe and beyond.



 Kathy and David Blackwell Publications


Kathy and David Blackwell have published over 40 books for young string players with Oxford University Press, including the progressive repertoire and technique books of the Fiddle, Viola, and Cello Time series, and books of pieces for junior string ensemble.

In May 2017 Kathy and David received an ESTA UK award in recognition of exceptional services to string teaching, presented by Nicola Benedetti.



Cassia Harvey

A soloist with the Kennett Symphony and the Warminster Symphony and first-place winner of the PADESTA, the Concerto Soloists, and Cafferata-Jackson Competitions, Cassia’s performances have been broadcast on Philadelphia’s Channel 57 and New York Public Television. Recent performances include concerts at Swarthmore College, the Reading Public Museum, the Ethical Society of Philadelphia, An Die Musik Live, and the German Society of Philadelphia, as well as lecture recitals at Columbia University and Barnard College. Cassia has performed with her sister, Myanna, as part of the Harvey String Duo since 1994. She has been performing with the Philmore Ensemble since 2011 and as a member of the Musicalia Ensemble since 2015. Her recording, The Russian Cello: Rare Treasures from Imperial Russia and the Soviet Union, with pianist Tim Ribchester, is available from Montag Records.





Petrolea Ltd was established back in 1891, operating from a small shop in Valletta, selling household goods. Throughout the years Petrolea grew into a company which was well-known for its high-quality products and services, and thanks to the ever-growing clientele the company transformed from retail into a wholesale-retail business, selling to several outlets all over the Maltese islands as well as private consumers through our showroom in Msida.

Today the products sold by Petrolea range from household goods, to small appliances, outdoor furniture and also shelving and racking. Whatever one requires can be found under one roof!





Corinthia is a collection of hotels founded by the Pisani family of Malta in 1962. We are a family-inspired business,whose timeless family values underpin the Spirit of Corinthia. We like to treat and look after guests as if we were welcoming them back home. We also support and positively encourage one another so that our hotel teams around the world enjoy their work in an inspired yet warmly-spirited fashion.

As a hotel business, we focus on giving honest, discreet service. We see ourselves as leading craftsmen in the world of hospitality, valuing authenticity, passion, precision and understanding in all we do. Each of the hotels and resorts we have created, in some of the most exciting places in the world, is a tribute to local architecture and cultural traditions.

All Corinthia hotels feature extensive leisure and business traveller facilities and are renowned for their unique characters. Corinthia Hotels’ portfolio includes: