Prof Joseph Vella, the Artistic Director of the Victoria International Arts Festival, has just come from Salzburg where he was the special guest of a conference dedicated entirely to his career and work at the University of Salzburg. The Victoria International Arts Festival featured strongly in the discussion, so much so that for next year a chamber ensemble from the legendary Mozarteum has been engaged to perform. This weekend, Joseph Vella is in Vicenza where he is the chairman of an international competition of solo players. The Joseph Vella Prize will be awarded to the musician who best renders the set piece for each respective discipline. The set piece for all the categories has been composed by Joseph Vella.