Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition

Date(s) - 13 Dec 2019 - 06 Jan 2020

 A piano recital by Ramona Zammit Formosa complemented by
an exhibition of works by Pawlu Grech

Concert to be held at the Concert Hall
Exhibition to be held at the Courtyard
Malta Society of Arts,
Palazzo de La Salle, Valletta

Date of concert: 13 December 2019 at 7.30pm

Opening dates and times of the exhibition

Monday 9 to Thursday 12 December 2019 from 08:00 to 19:00hrs
Saturday 14 December 2019 from 09:00 to 13:30hrs
Sunday 15th December closed
Monday 16 to Thursday 19 December 2019 from 08:00 to 19:00hrs
Friday 20 December from 08:00 to 11:00hrs
Friday 3 January from 08:00 to 12:00hrs
Monday 6 January from 08:00 to 19:00hrs

Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition will be performed on the 13 December 2019 at our Concert Hall by pianist Ramona Zammit Formosa. This will be followed by the inauguration of an art exhibition of works by Maestro Pawlu Grech. The event will also include a talk by Dr Silvio John Camilleri regarding Mro Grech’s paintings, some of which are being exhibited for the first time.

Artists Biographies below

Ramona 2019

Pianist Ramona Zammit Formosa after a previous concert at MSA

Pawlu Grech 2019 - (2)

Maestro Pawlu Grech

Maestro Pawlu Grech Biography

Maestro Chevalier Pawlu Grech (b. 1938) pursued a career both as a composer and as a visual artist, having studied at the Conservatorio Santa Cecilia, the Royal Academy of Music and at Trinity College. His paintings were featured in collective exhibitions in London in the late sixties, and in 1985 he held a solo exhibition at the Yehudi Menuhin School in Surrey. Various solo exhibitions held in Malta and various countries. Following his sojourn in Rome and in London for thirty one years, Grech returned to Malta in the mid-eighties, and his artistic output was appraised in a publication by the late Chev. Emmanuel Fiorentino. In his art, Pawlu Grech seeks to liberate himself from the conventions of academic training. In this way he may be classified as one of the handful of Maltese artists who embraced twentieth century modernism in a period when this idiom was considered as outrageous by most people. He therefore ranks among the forerunners of abstraction in Malta. In the year 2000, in recognition of his contribution towards arts and culture, Pawlu Grech was appointed Chevalier Académique in Italy.

Author: Dr Silvio John Camilleri

Ramona Zammit Formosa Biography 

Ramona Zammit Formosa commenced her pianoforte studies in Malta with Fay Griscti Davies, in Holland with Prof Marcel Baudet, then in London with Byrce Morrison. She also studied the flute with Douglas Townshend and harpsichord with Helena Mowatt Brown. Besides the Renaissance and Baroque period, Ramona also specialized in 20th century and contemporary works for the harpsichord. On returning to Malta , Ramona continued studying the pianoforte repertoire with her mentor, artist and musician Pawlu Grech. With Mro Grech.Ramona also specialized on contemporary compositions for piano and also under his guidance performed his compositions. During the Biennale held in Malta in June 2005, Ramona gave the first-ever performance on the clavichords built by Dr.George Debono. Together with her husband Silvio Zammit, she has recorded CD s featuring works by Maltese composers Carmelo Pace and Charles Camilleri, and 18th and 19th century Malta-related compositions together with the Gukulari ensemble. She has recently recorded a solo album with the piano compositions of Carmelo Pace.

Besides giving numerous recitals in Malta and Gozo, Ramona has performed in England, Italy, Austria, Hungary, USA, Belgium, Bulgaria, Portugal and Poland. She has dedicated entire solo recitals to the great keyboard masters; Rameau, J S Bach, CPE Bach, Reggio, Mozart, Grieg, Liszt, and Granados.

Ramona is a Fellow of the London College of Music and teaches at the Malta School of Music.