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Bernice Sammut Attard Piano Recital

On Sunday the 1st of March 2020 at 19:30, The Mediterranean Conference Centre shall present a piano recital by 19-year old Bernice Sammut Attard, one of Malta’s leading young musicians.

The programme consists of works by Beethoven, Granados, Chopin, Schumann and Wagner/Liszt.

She is the winner of the Malta Eurovision Young Musicians 2018 competition and represented Malta in Edinburgh in the same year, giving an 18-min recital which was broadcasted live and watched by around 5 million people – a performance which was highly praised amongst many local and foreign musicians.

Pianist and Violinist Bernice, is currently in her second year of her Bachelor of Music at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow, studying with Prof. Fali Pavri. Previously, she studied piano and violin as a joint principal study with Duncan Glenday and Ruth Hahn respectively at Chetham’s School of Music (Manchester 2016-2018). She was the first Maltese to attend this prestigious music school. Bernice commenced her piano studies at an early age with Karen Briscoe and violin with Marcelline Agius.

She has performed in many countries including the UK, Poland, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Russia, Armenia and Kazakhstan. In 2017, she was a finalist in the Chetham’s Bosendorfer competition and in the same year she was awarded second prize in the Malta International Music Competition together with an honourable mention prize in violin and joint 3rd Prize and joint best Maltese pianist in the Malta International Piano Competition.

Last year Bernice performed the Grieg Piano Concerto with four orchestras – the North Caucasus Orchestra, the Eurasian Symphony Orchestra, Ryazan Symphony Orchestra and the Astrakhan Symphony of the Astrakhan Opera and Ballet Theatre – collaborating with conductors Alexei Galea Cavallazzi, Mikhail Kirchhoff, Sergey Oselkov and William Garfield Walker. These concerts were organised by the European Foundation for support of Culture as part of the “Days of Maltese Music” programme in Armenia, Kazakhstan and Russia.

She participated in master classes and lessons with renowned pianists including Vladimir Ovchinnikov, Mikhail Petukhov, Einar Steen-Nokleberg, Christopher Elton, Craig Sheppard, Robin McCabe, Michael Lewin, Anna Górecka, Ingo Dannhorn, Stephen Coombs, Jeremy Carter, Nicholas Ashton, John Perry, Aaron Shorr, Petras Geniusas, Sinae Lee, BingBing Li, Graeme McNaught and Christian Ihle Hadland amongst others. Bernice has also had masterclasses with violinists: Nicola Benedetti, Natalia Lomeiko, Sigyn Fossnes, Andrea Gajic and Leland Chen amongst others.

“The piano keys sounded soft and beautiful under the fingers of Bernice Sammut Attard. Her performance was so sincere that the harmonious sounds of music united the audience and the pianist into one.” – Review of Armenia recital March 2019 

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“Bernice captures people’s hearts with her piano playing during Eurovision Young Musicians” – Edinburgh 2018 –  https://www.tvm.com.mt/en/news/bernice-captures-peoples-hearts-with-her-piano-playing-during-eurovision-young-musicians/ 

The concert’s duration is 70 minutes and the entrance is 10 euros. For tickets and further information call on 2559 5750 or visit www.mcc.com.mt

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