The 18-year-old Bernice Sammut Attard was born in Malta in the year 2000 and music has always been an integral part of her life. She grew up in a musical family, started taking piano lessons with Karen Briscoe at the age of 7 and the age of 8, Bernice started taking violin lessons with Marcelline Agius, the current leader of the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra.
After finishing her secondary education at St. Martin’s College with top grades in her exams, she became the first ever Maltese to be awarded a place at one of the United Kingdom’s leading music schools, Chetham's School of Music in Manchester. Here she is studying the piano and violin as a joint first study under the guidance of Duncan Glenday and Ruth Hahn respectively. As of September 2018, she will start studying at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow.
Bernice has had lessons and masterclasses from Vladimir Ovchinnikov, Mikhail Petukhov, Einar Steen-Nokleberg, Christopher Elton, Ilja Scheps, Michael Lewin, Anna Górecka, Zhe Tang, Karen Shahgaldyan, Natalia Lomeiko, Sigyn Fossnes, Andrea Gajic, Leland Chen, Katalin Sebestyen, Nicola Benedetti and others.
By the age of 13, despite her young age, Bernice had already obtained the ABRSM Grade 8 Theory. This is the United Kingdom’s largest music education body and offers assessments to over 600.000 candidates in over 90 countries every year. At the age of 15 she obtained both the Dip. ABRSM - Diploma of The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music - in piano Performance and the ATCL in Piano Performance which she passed with ‘Distinction’. Just 6 months later she also achieved the ATCL in Violin Performance.
Being a pianist and a violinist has enabled Bernice to work on an extensive range of repertoire. Her piano repertoire includes compositions by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Brahms, Grieg, Debussy, Poulenc, Granados and Rachmaninov among others. Her violin repertoire cover works by Bach, Mozart, Elgar, Schumann, Brahms, Bruch, Tchaikovsky and Bloch among others.
She participated in numerous festivals and competitions both locally and abroad, like the Malta International Piano Festival and Three Palaces Festival, where she played in the young talents concert at the President’s Palace. Recent competition success includes: being a finalist in the Chetham's Bosendorfer competition and winning second place in the Malta International Music Competition both held in 2017. Bernice has also been part of several orchestras including the Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra, Duet Philharmonic Orchestra (UK) and the Malta Youth Orchestra and is the leader of her String Quartet – Sammut Attard Quartet. She played at well-known venues such as the Royal Festival Hall, Bridgewater Hall and the Stoller Hall in the UK and at the Manoel Theatre and the Mediterranean Conference Centre. Amongst various conductors with whom Bernice performed one finds Michalis Economou, Kerem Hasan, Robert Hodge, Kelly Kuo, Peter Schoening, Peter Stark, Joseph Vella, David Watkin and Riccardo Bianchi.
Besides her love for sharing music, she enjoys learning languages. Apart from being fluent in both English and Maltese, she has studied Italian and French and is currently pursuing German at advanced level.