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Piano Pastels

Piano Pastels

Ramona Zammit Formosa, a well-known pianist in Malta, will be giving a sparkling piano solo performance at a lunchtime concert on the 17th of January 2017 at 12:30pm at St. Francis Oratory in Valletta. She will be performing an exciting programme of piano works featuring the compositions of the prominent Maltese composer Mro. Carmelo Pace. These piano suites were included in the pianists CD called Piano Pastels that was launched last November 2016.  Ramona is the first pianist to have launched a CD of Mro. Carmelo Paces piano works.

The programme is full of Maltese colours, flavours and sounds. These are so evident in  Fields and Butterflies Maytime, Sunset on the sea- Autumn, At the racesand Chant sans paroles no 2which describe the scenery around Malta during the different seasons throughout the year and also during particular events such as horseraces. Mro. Carmelo Pace paints pictures of the Maltese topography in the following piano compositions: The Valley of dreams, The Lonely Valley and Moonlight in the fields and Morceau Lyrique.

Ramona Zammit Formosa commenced her pianoforte studies in Malta with Fay Griscti Davies LRSM, LTCL and pursued further studies in Holland with Prof. Marcel Baudet and in England at the London College of Music with Bryce Morrison, where she also studied flute and harpsichord obtaining performing diplomas with distinction.

With her husband flautist Silvio, Ramona recorded a CD of Carmelo Paces Flute and Piano Works entitled Silver Landscapes and is also featured on Divertimento, a CD of Prof.C. Camilleris flute, clarinet and piano works.

Ramona is also founder-member of the Gukulari ensemble where she also recorded two CDs performing the 18th and 19th century Malta-related compositions. Ramona regularly gives recitals on the clavichord. In 2005, Ramona  was the first Maltese to give a clavichord recital in Malta, on three clavichords built by Dr. George Debono.

Besides giving numerable recitals on piano, flute, harpsichord and clavichord locally, she has performed in England, Italy, Austria, Hungary, Slovakia, Belgium and U.S.A. She is a fellow of the London College of Music and teaches piano and flute at the Johann Strauss School of Music.

The events are fund raising events for the Franciscan Church, which is undergoing restoration. Tickets for the lunchtime concerts, costing 8 euro, can be obtained from the venue itself half an hour before the concert begins. For more details phone 7968 0952 or email: baroccomalta@gmail.com

Programme:

 

Carmelo Paces piano suites:

 

Fields and butterflies- Maytime

 

Sunset on the sea- Autumn

At the races

 

Chant sans paroles no 2

 

The Valley of Dreams

 

The Lonely Valley

 

Moonlight in the fields

 

Morceau Lyrique