Biography

cover21Gisèle Grima is a pianist, accompanist and music educator from Malta whose work has led her to become one of the leading Maltese musicians of her generation.

She is a prize-winning pianist who has performed worldwide and is a pioneer in the field of music education.

Known for her warmth and musical sensitivity, Gisèle has been lauded as “a performer who approaches all the works she performs with intelligent insight, each note and each phrase having been carefully thought out” (The Sunday Times, Malta).

With over ten years of experience in the classroom, Gisèle has worked passionately to bring the enjoyment and fundamental benefits of music closer to children and audiences alike. She is described by her students as patient, enthusiastic, kind and dedicated, a teacher who tailors her approach to the individual’s personality, interests and abilities.

An enthusiastic educator, Gisèle believes in music as a pioneering source of inspiration for children and adults of all ages. With this in mind, in 2013, she founded the TS Choir, a vocal ensemble that allows children to experience the joys of singing together in a professional and creative environment.

Gisèle is often invited to perform in arts festivals and has appeared in the Three Palaces Festival, International Spring Orchestra Festival, Malta International Arts Festival, Victoria International Arts Festival in Gozo, ECUME 2009 (Damascus) and Music at Castelfranc (France). She has also performed as a concerto artist and in solo and chamber palace concerts. A firm believer in supporting local contemporary music, Gisèle has premiered works by Maltese composers including Alexander Vella Gregory, Mariella Cassar Cordina, Albert Garzia, Reuben Pace, Albert Pace and Veronique Vella.

Gisèle began her music studies in Malta with Josianne Vella Bardon, Lydia Buttigieg and later with Maria Dolores Amodio Chircop. After having won a scholarship, Gisèle pursued her studies at Napier University, Edinburgh, training in solo and accompaniment performance under the tutelage of Nicholas Ashton. In 2005, Gisèle was selected to further her training at Tampere Konservatorio, Finland where she was coached by Lauri Väinmaa and Tiina Kärblane. Gisèle graduated from Napier University with a First Class Honours degree and in 2006 was awarded scholarships from the Malta Government (MGSS), the Janatha Stubbs Fund and Dr Ian Tomlin which enabled her to further her studies at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. At the RNCM, Gisèle was coached by Paul Roberts, a world-leading exponent of French piano music. In 2008, Gisèle was awarded a Master of Music in performance with Distinction and in 2009 a Postgraduate Diploma in performance from the RNCM. She is also one of a few Maltese musicians to hold a Fellowship of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (FRSM). Upon graduating, Gisèle was awarded the William Humphreys Dayas Prize as a result of her success to place as a finalist in the highly competitive RNCM Piano Recital Prize. She has also received training from Franco Foderà, Cynthia Turner, Carole Presland, Dina Parakhina, Graham Scott, Dmitri Rachmanov, Iris Senturker, Phillipe Cassard, Harold Gray and chamber music specialists including Julius Drake, David Jones, Benjamin Frith, Simon Rowland-Jones, Ian Brown and Pavel Fischer.

Gisèle recently led lectures in Fundamentals of Music at the University of Malta. She currently works as a freelance artist and educator and is also a writing contributor to ENCORE – Arts & Culture Magazine.

To find out more about Gisèle’s lessons, click here.

To contact Gisèle, get in touch here.

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