Véronique Vella

Véronique Vella

Class Pianist


Véronique Vella (née Zammit) has written orchestral, solo, chamber and electroacoustic pieces that have been performed in the UK, France, Malta, Italy, Germany, Austria, Malaysia and the US. Since taking up composition in 2005, her works have featured in many festivals locally and abroad, particularly in UK. These include Sound, Sonicfusion, Musica Nova, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Classical Guitar Retreat Festival and Glasgow West End Festival. Interpreters of her work include The Orchestra of Scottish Opera, the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, the Edinburgh Quartet, the Research Ensemble, Equinox Trio, McAllister Agnew duo, flautist Richard Craig, pianist Peter Evans, horn-player Neil Fellows and former member of the Arditti quartet, cellist Rohan de Saram.

Véronique obtained a PhD from Edinburgh Napier University in 2008 and is the first Maltese woman to be awarded a Doctorate in Music Composition. Her thesis is entitled Towards a Notion of Cultural Soundscape as an Informant to Original Music Composition with particular reference to that of the Maltese Islands. Some of her pieces such as Ritratti, Epilogue and L-Ewwel Xita employ original text in Maltese, a language that is rarely featured in the concert-hall. Many of her other works bear Maltese titles, including chamber music work Fjuri, which was described by internationally acclaimed composer Nigel Osborne, as "a stroke of genius".