Christmas Tree

Christmas Tree

The spirit of Christmas will be celebrated at the Oratory of St. Francis, Valletta, with the performance of Liszts Weihnachtsbaum S. 186 ('Christmas Tree') on Tuesday 19th December 2017 at noon.

The four-hand piano performance will be played by two of Maltas leading pianists Gisele Grima and Erika Gialanze. The duo will be performing Liszts delightful work which he dedicated to his first grandchild, Daniela von Bulow. The Weihnachtsbaum is a suite of 12 pieces which is played by a solo piano or piano four-hands. Most of the pieces have a Christmas theme, namely Old Christmas Song, O Holy Night, The Shepherds at the Manger March of the Three Holy Kings, amongst others.

Gise Grima is a pianist, accompanist and music educator based in Malta who merits her status as one of the leading Maltese musicians of her generation. She studied piano with Nicholas Ashton, Lauri Vnmaa, Tiina Kblane and Paul Roberts in the UK and Finland.  As a recitalist, Gise has performed extensively around Malta and in major European cities.

In May 2010 she made her dut as a concerto artist with the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra performing Ravels Piano Concerto in G major under the baton of Michael Laus. Locally, Gise regularly performs piano duo music with pianist Erika Gialanze` and often collaborates with the Argotti Ensemble for chamber music. Gise graduated from Napier University, Edinburgh and the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester. She holds a BMus (Hons.), MMus and Postgraduate Diploma in performance and the FRSM performance diploma. She has also been the recipient of a number of scholarships and prizes.

Gise combines her busy performing schedule with a love for teaching music. She currently holds position as Trustee member for the Ian Tomlin Napier/Malta Scholarship and is also the Education Co-ordinator at Teatru Salesjan, Sliema.


Erika Gialanze` started piano and music lessons at an early age under the guidance of the late Tessie Portelli, completing all examinations of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.  She then furthered her studies under the guidance of Karen Briscoe White, Anna Scicluna Bisazza and Mro. Michael Laus. Erika holds the LRSM performance diploma.


In 1998, Erika graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Music Studies from the University of Malta where she majored in performance and in 2007 she obtained a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance.  She has also attended piano master classes given by Mro. Franco Fodera` and Brian Schembri.


Erika has performed in various competitions and recitals including chamber ensembles with members of the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra.  She was also invited to play at the President's Palace in Malta as well as the representative building of Saarland in Berlin by invitation of the Ambassador of Malta in Berlin. Since 2013, Erika has been collaborating regularly with pianist Gise Grima in a piano duo. Erika currently enjoys a musical career of teaching, accompanying and is also a member of Voca Choir.


Proceeds from the event will go to the restoration project of the Franciscan Church. Tickets, 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: