Maureen Galea
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Maltese pianist Maureen Galea obtained the L.L.C.M. and L.R.S.M., followed by a B.A.(Hons.) degree in Music and a P.G.C.E. from the University of Malta. After being awarded a scholarship by the Italian Government, she continued furthering her studies in Italy, obtaining the final Diploma from the Conservatorio 'Luigi Cherubini' of Florence. Besides Piano Performance as her principal study, she also studied choral and madrigal singing, chamber music and accompaniment.
Maureen has attended numerous masterclasses with internationally renowned musicians including Ruth Harte, Andrew Ball, Kenneth Hamilton, Irina Ossipova, Artur Pizarro, Bruno Canino and Julian Jacobson. She has performed in innumerable concerts as a soloist, in chamber groups and as accompanist in Malta, Italy, Greece, England and Scotland. Recent appearances include St. James Cavalier, Malta’s leading Centre for Creativity, the Fairfield Hall, Hatchlands Park, Dorking Halls and St Martin-in-the-Fields.
She placed second in the E.P.T.A. Competition, Malta (1996), and the Young Musicians Competition, organised by the Malta Society of Arts, Manufacture and Commerce (1997). She was a finalist in the Fourth National Competition 'L. van Beethoven' held at Uliveto Terme, Pisa, Italy (1999). She was the winner of the Croser-Hughes Chamber Music Award held at the University of Surrey (2003), and was also the winner of both the piano concerto class and the recital class in the Croydon Music Festival (2003). She also placed second in the Classical Sonata class in the Godalming Music Festival (2005).
Maureen has obtained an MMus with Distinction from the University of Surrey. She majored in Piano Performance under the direction of Clive Williamson, with subsidiary studies in Conducting, Criticism and Reviewing, and Musicology. She is the first student to have enrolled for a PhD by Performance at this same University, her chosen area of research being performance practice and editing in relation to Bohemian pianist-composers of the early 19th century.