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 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.
Partita, concertante for oboe, clarinet and orchestra
Diego Dini Ciacci, Fabrizio Meloni, Malta Philharmonic Orchestra (dir. Riccardo Bianchi)
Valletta International Baroque Festival/Valletta 2018
17th January, 2018 – Teatru Manoel (Valletta, Malta)
Commissioned by the Valletta International Baroque Festival and Teatru Manoel
Rulina, an interactive dance-music performance for 28 wind-brass-percussion players
St. Leonard Band Club (Kirkop) (dir. Daniel Vella)
12th May, 2018 – Palazzo Vilhena (Mdina, Malta)
Commissioned by Valletta 2018 – European Capital City of Culture
30th June, 2017 – Presentation about recent compositions and research at the Victoria International Arts Festival in Gozo.
24th June, 2017 – A new piece for tenor, children’s choir and organ, commissioned by the Waterloo Festival 2017.
Seven Doors – Sound Art Installation
16th June – 17th June, 2017 – The Ditch, Shoreditch Town Hall
Il-ġimgħa tibda bil-fdalijiet
25th May, 2017 – A song cycle, commissioned by the BOV Joseph Calleja Foundation, for mezzo-soprano Marvic Monreal. Based on poems by Adrian Grima. It will be premiered in London (more details to follow soon).
21st May, 2017 – A song for soprano and piano. Commissioned by Scholar Cantorum Jubilate for Blooming – Afternoon with SJC. Premired in Gozo (Malta) by soprano Marouska Attard.
Nunc Dimittis, Magnificat and Jubilate Deo
20th May, 2017 – Commissioned by the Old Hispanic Office (UoB) for Oxford’s Christ Church Cathedral Choir. It will be premiered in the Bristol Cathedral.
How space breaks up around every cherry tree
27th April, 2017 – A new work for a sinfonietta. It will be performed by players at the Royal Academy of Music in DJRH (cond. Ben Glassberg).
O Vos Omnes
7th April, 2017 – A motet for choir and strings. It will be performed by Cappella Coro Bel Canto at St. John’s Co-Cathedral in a concert, commissioned by the Ministry of Finance for a ECOFIN meeting as part of the Malta EU Presidency 2017.
The woman with the forget-me-nots
24th January, 2017 – A piece for alto recorder, bass recorder, viola da gamba and Baroque cello. It will be performed by players at the Department of Historical Performance at the Royal Academy of Music.
There is no rose of such virtue
2nd December, 2016 – Commissioned by the Royal Academy of Music for the annual Christmas Carol Service, ‘Carols by Candelight’, at Marylebone Parish Church. The carol was conducted by Jonathan Schranz.
30th November, 2016 – A set of three miniatures for guitar based on details from Hieronymus Bosch’s paintings, 400 years after his death. The collection was performed by Saki Kato during the Composer’s Platform concert at the DJRH (Royal Academy of Music).
17th November, 2016 – A solo piece for violoncello performed by Joanna Gutowska during a workshop run by Anssi Karttunen and Magnus Lindberg at the Royal Academy of Music.