Londonbased Maltese pianist Christine Zerafa has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician in various concert series and festivals around the UK and overseas. Performances have taken her to venues in Italy, Malta, England, France, Poland, and the United States, including the Royal Festival Hall, Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, Royal Albert Hall (Elgar Room), St John Smith Square, St Martin in the Fields, St James Piccadilly, the Malta Arts Festival and Victoria Arts Festival, amongst others. She has been described as “a natural musician” and “a musician with a warm and very communicative personality” (The Times of Malta, 2012), and has been recipient of various awards including first prize in the Malta National Bice Mizzi Competition, the RNCM Clifton Helliwell Memorial Prize, the RAM Scott Huxley prize and Eric Brough Memorial Prize. She has also been selected as a Park Lane Group Artist and a Tunnell Trust Artist for the 2016/17 season.
Christine has completed a Masters degree (MMus) in Solo Performance at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) in Manchester, under the tuition of Norma Fisher and Paul Janes, thanks to the support of the Janatha Stubbs Foundation and the Silverstone bursary. She also participated in important master class series, including the London Master Classes, the Lake District Summer Music Academy and the Tunnell Trust Coll Chamber Music week. She had the opportunity to participate in master classes with international pianists Klaus Hellwig, Leon McCawley, Barry Snyder, Nelson Goerner, Imogen Cooper, and Helmut Deutsch, amongst others. She also studied for two years with Andrea Lucchesini at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole in Florence as part of the corso di perfezionamento.
Christine is a highly soughtafter chamber musician and piano accompanist. Having a strong passion for collaboration with singers and instrumentalists, she most recently graduated with a Master of Music in piano accompaniment (with distinction) at the Royal Academy of Music under the tuition of Michael Dussek, Malcolm Martineau and Ian Brown. Her studies were kindly supported by the Malta Arts Scholarship, the Gilling Family Scholarship and the Royal Academy of Music.
From September 2016 she will embark on a PhD project at the Royal Academy of Music where she will continue her work with singers and instrumentalists on the art of song and song transcription.