Euchar Gravina (b. 1994) is a London-based composer and music director.
Originally from Malta, his music is now performed internationally. He is currently showing interest towards broad inter-disciplinarity as well extra-musical relationships. Euchar’s compositional output also includes functional and liturgical pieces for choirs and instrumentalists.
Euchar is currently under commission to write for Valletta 2018 (European Capital City of Culture) as well as the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra through Teatru Manoel, Malta’s national theatre. His recent projects include commissions for Oxford’s Christ Church Cathedral Choir through the Old Hispanic Office (University of Bristol), the Waterloo Festival, mezzo-soprano Marvic Monreal through the BOV Joseph Calleja Foundation as well the Maltese Presidency of the European Council for 2017.
Euchar has been recently appointed Artistic Director at the Waterloo Festival, an arts and community festival in the heart of London, and is the music Director at St. John’s Waterloo. He is also a singer with the London Symphony Chorus.
Euchar started his studies in piano performance and was a student of Gisèle Grima and Prof. Michael Laus, resident conductor of the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra. He also studied the organ with Wayne Marshall, international virtouso and conductor, as well as Rev. Albert Borg, former Maestro di Cappella of St. John’s Co-Cathedral (Valletta).
In 2009 Euchar was appointed organist of Coro Bel Canto and in 2012 was named one of the winners of the APS Bank National Composition Competition, with Stabat Mater (soprano, chorus, orchestra), written in 2011. The work was premiered by the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra and digitally released in 2015.
Euchar studied music at the University of Malta with John Galea and Gordon Zammit and was included in the Dean’s List. He continued his studies at the Royal Academy of Music (London) with Simon Bainbridge and Edmund Finnis. While at the Academy, he followed classes in choral conducting with Patrick Russill (London Oratory) and participated in masterclasses and lessons with Oliver Knussen, Bent Sorensen, Magnus Lindberg, Judith Weir and Michael Finnissy, amongst others.
Euchar is generously supported by the Janatha Stubbs Foundation, the BOV Joseph Calleja Foundation and is a recipient of Arts Scholarship, financed by the Government of Malta.