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Euchar Gravina (b. 1994) is a musician and a composer of contemporary classical music. Originally from Malta and now based in London, he is currently showing interest towards the relationships between the fields of architecture and music, and broader interdisciplinarity. These areas were recently explored in works such as The autobiography of an embryo (Chamber) which fuses elements and symbols extracted from a variety of cultures and biological fields, of lights and landscape(horn quartet), in which the poetic two-dimensional concept of space is gradually explored in a physical space, as well as in Open Walls (orchestra), which reflects on the innovative open-space nature of Renzo Piano’s designs for the regeneration of Valletta’s City Gate.

Alongside intricate and research-driven works, Euchar’s compositional output includes functional and liturgical pieces for choirs and instrumentalists.

He is currently under commission to write for Christ Church Cathedral Choir (Oxford) through the Old Hispanic Office (University of Bristol), and Marvic Monreal (mezzo-soprano) a fellow scholar of the BOV Joseph Calleja Foundation.

Over the past weeks, Euchar was collaborating on new compositions with several professional choirs and ensembles including Chroma, Trio Mirage, Blossom Street Singers (and Judith Weir, Master of the Queen’s Music) and students from the Brass Department within the Royal Academy of Music (London).

In March 2016 Euchar was also invited to work with the Bristol Cathedral Choir (Bristol) during which Beatus Vir, a choral composition which delves into the medieval aesthetics of the Mozarabic rites, was workshopped.

Euchar started his music studies in piano performance and was a student of Gisèle Grima and Prof. Michael Laus, resident conductor of the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra. He also studied the organ with Wayne Marshall, international virtuoso and conductor, as well as Rev. Albert Borg, former Maestro di Cappella of St. John’s Co-Cathedral (Valletta).

In 2009 Euchar was appointed organist of Coro Bel Canto, a leading Maltese choir under the direction of Hermann Farrugia Frantz. Then in 2012, he was named one of the winners of the APS Bank National Composition Competition, with Stabat Mater (soprano, chorus, orchestra), written in 2011. The work is set to be premiered by the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra and digitally released in November 2015.

At the University of Malta, Euchar read Music at the School of Performing Arts where he graduated with First Class Honours and was also awarded a mention on the Dean’s List. He completed his studies under the supervision of Dr John Galea and Dr Gordon Zammit. Euchar is currently enrolled at the Royal Academy of Music (London), where he is reading for a Masters degree in Music Composition, studying with Senior Professor of Composition, Simon Bainbridge.

Euchar is currently a scholar of the BOV Joseph Calleja Foundation. He is also supported by the Janatha Stubbs Foundation and is a recipient of Arts Scholarship, financed by the Government of Malta.
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