Gisèle Grima is a pianist, accompanist and music educator from Malta who merits her status as one of the leading Maltese musicians of her generation. Her solo and chamber recitals have taken her to several international concert halls around Malta, Sicily, Finland, Iceland, Germany, South-West France, Syria, and in major cities around the UK. 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). A local and international ambassador of music and education, Gisèle is also a sought-after accompanist and reputable tutor.
Gisèle is often invited to perform in arts festivals and has appeared as pianist in the Three Palaces Festival, International Spring Orchestra Festival, Malta Arts Festival, Victoria International Arts Festival in Gozo, ECUME 2009 (Damascus) and Music at Castelfranc (France). In May 2010 she made her début as a concerto artist with the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra performing Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G major under the baton of Michael Laus. Gisèle has also been invited to perform for distinguished audiences in solo and chamber palace concerts. Since 2013, Gisèle has regularly collaborated with pianist Erika Gialanze` in a piano duo partnership. Recent collaborations also include those with violinist Nemanja Ljubinkovic, pianist Ardita Statovci & conductor Pavel Snajdr. In chamber music, she has also performed as part of Ars Vitae Ensemble and Argotti Ensemble. A firm believer in supporting local contemporary music, Gisèle has premiered works by a clutch of 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 music 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 and 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 few Maltese musicians to hold a Fellowship of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (FRSM). Upon graduating, Gisèle was subsequently 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.
A keen and dedicated music educator, Gisèle combines a busy performing schedule with a love for teaching and believes in music as a pioneering source of inspiration for children and adults of all ages. In 2013 she was appointed a Trustee member for the Ian Tomlin Napier/Malta Scholarship where she will continue to support local music students. She is the founder and director of the TS Children’s Choir and also holds the position of Arts Education Coordinator at Teatru Salesjan, Sliema. Gisèle currently leads lectures in Fundamentals of Music at the University of Malta and is also a writing contributor to ENCORE – Arts & Culture Magazine.