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 studies 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.
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.
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.
Watch the video below to get a sneak peek of her skills: