Etienne Cutajar - Biography
Born in 1983 Etienne Cutajar is a native of Malta and started playing the horn at the age of ten under the tuition of Baul Borġ from the same country.
Etienne was appointed 3rd horn of the Malta National Orchestra aged 18; he resigned the post after 2 years and went in to pursue a 2 year postgraduate course at the Royal Academy of Music in London with Richard Watkins and Michael Thompson on a 2 year full scholarship from the ABRSM.
He appeared as a soloist in Malta, where his recitals wan great critical acclaim, the Royal Academy of Music, major venues in London, such as the Purcell Room and Wigmore hall and with the BBC SSO at the Usher hall in Edinburgh very recently.
Etienne was for consecutive years 1st horn of the European Union Youth Orchestra, with whom in the summer of 2005 played Mahler’s 7th symphony for Bernard Haitink. Etienne appeared as a guest 1st and 3rd horn with BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, London Sinfonietta and London Brass. In July of 2006, Etienne was appointed 3rd horn of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.
The new ‘Fantasie Sonata for Horn & Piano’ by Charles Camilleri, also from Malta is dedicated to him; Etienne premiered it in April of 2004 in Malta and is published by ‘Metropolis’.