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Dr Albert Pace
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Albert Pace was born in Hamrun in 1958. He studied Music Theory and Composition with Carmelo Pace and with Charles Camilleri, with the latter both privately and at the University of Malta, where he graduated in Music Studies in 1994, with a dissertation entitled Texture in late Twentieth Century Music.

In 1998 Pace was awarded an M.Mus. degree in Composition with distinction by the University of Edinburgh, for his Overlapping Backgrounds for solo piano, a challenging, complex work, premiered by Scottish pianist Murray McLachlan in Edinburgh Dr_Albert_Pacein February 2001. In 2004 his Un reste de suite was partly premiered in Germany by well-known German harpist Florence Sitruk, winner of the Bucchi Harp Competition, 2000. Other compositions of his have been performed in Malta, Edinburgh, London and Wales.

Pace was awarded a D.Mus. in Composition by the University of Malta in 2007. His composition portfolio consisted of: a Trio for clarinet, violin and piano; a harp suite; a clarinet quartet; a Flute Concerto; and Psalms for Today.

In 2008 he won the competition for Maltese composers organized by APS Bank. The winning entry was Ghanjiet ta’ Bniedem Solitarju (“songs of a Solitary Man”) a song cycle based on poems by the Maltese poet Ruzar Briffa, premiered in October 2009 and recorded on CD.

At present he is visiting lecturer in Composition at the University of Malta. Pace is the author of the book From Folk Music to the Cosmos: Form and Texture in the Music of Charles Camilleri (limited publication).


Tidwir, in “Piano Music from Malta” – Murray McLachlan, piano – Olympia OCD 489 (1995)

Kyrie Eleison for String Ensemble, played by Melita Chamber Orchestra, in “Anthology of Maltese Music” – Dial Records DIAL 108 (1995)

Ghanjiet ta’ Bniedem Solitarju (“Songs of a Solitary Man”) – C. Vincenti, A. Buttigieg/ Kor Mirabitur/ Junge Philharmonie Brandenburg/ H.J. Nagel – Gega-New GR 07 (2009)


Pace, A. From Folk Music to the Cosmos: Form and Texture in the Music of Charles Camilleri (CMC Publications, 2002 – limited publication) – ISBN 99932-645-0-4

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