Alexander Vella Gregory was born in Malta in 1984. He has studied piano with Paul Borg and Joanne Camilleri, and obtained a Fellowship of the London College of Music (FLCM) diploma in 2013. In 2002, he won the Ian Tomlin Napier/Malta Music Scholarship which enabled him to pursue a B.Mus(Hons) degree in composition at the Ian Tomlin School of Music, Napier University, Edinburgh where he graduated in July 2006 with honours. He is active as a composer, pianist, accompanist and teacher.
Alexander has performed in many venues both in Malta and abroad, including Edinburgh, Vienna, Italy and Washington DC. Alex Vella Gregory is also very active as a composer, and his works have been performed in Malta, London, Berlin, Paris, Edinburgh, Vienna, Frankfurt, Prague, Lisbon, Finland, Armenia, Bulgaria, and the USA.
He is also very active in the theatre scene, and has written music for various theatrical productions. Some of these include Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream (MADC, 2007), Euripides’ The Bacchae (MADC, 2008) and Arsenic & Old Lace (MADC, 2012). Alex has also worked on site-specific projects including Ospizio (Teatru Anon, Malta Summer Arts Festival, 2010) and Każin Barokk (ODC Ensemble, 2018), a Valletta 2018 devised theatre projected directed by Greek theatre director Elli Papakonstantinou. December 2018 saw the premiere of his operetta for voices and wind band called Il-Madonna Tiegħi Aħjar Minn Tiegħek (My Madonna is Better Than Yours) to a libretto by Trevor Zahra, and commissioned by Teatru Malta.
Alexander has participated in several music education projects for children, including The Carnival of Animals (2009), a dance performance for kids, and The Classical Experience (2009), a project which targeted schools. He has also worked on KantaKantun (2014-19), an ongoing education project commissioned by Valletta 2018 Foundation on music and architecture, which will include a special edition for this year’s Żigużajg International Children’s Festival at Spazju Kreattiv, Valletta.
In 2015 two songs from his song cycle Mill-Qamar sal-Qabar were recorded by leading Maltese soprano Miriam Cauchi for her album Riflessi. Another set of songs, this time from the song cycle Verità, were also recorded that same year by soprano Gillian Zammit, mezzo Clare Ghigo and harpist Britt Arend as part of an MPO project. In 2019 his horn quartet Sonata sopra l’Agnus Dei, recorded by the Argotti Ensemble, was released on the album ‘Fantasia’.
Alexander is also an active researcher and has recently been involved with the Notarial Archives Resource Centre in Valletta in the study of several music fragments which were discovered in the cover of an early 19th century volume of notarial deeds. The research will be published in late 2018 in the publication Parallel Existences (Kite Publications, 2018) which brings together several papers on the archives as well as photography by Alex Attard.
Alexander has recently completed a PhD in Music Composition with Edinburgh Napier University focusing on city narratives using Valletta as an example. Alexander is also the Artistic Director and a founding member of the Cappella Sanctae Catharinae, Malta’s only male choir. He is a Trustee of the Ian Tomlin Malta Edinburgh Music Scholarship Fund, and a board member for St James Cavalier Centre for Creativity.