Iona Dalli

Age: 20 years old

Where do you live? Gudja, Malta

Status: Single

Star Sign: Pisces

Main occupation: Early Years Student / Vocal teacher

Media-related occupation: Singer

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Iona Dalli was born on 11th March, 1994. She started singing lessons at the age of three and a half. Throughout her childhood, Iona took part in several local competitions and at the age of seven, she represented Malta in China. For this event, she sang the Maltese song, Viva Malta in Chinese.

“When I was in China, I was given the opportunity to sing in a lot of events and for the final night, I was chosen from 23 countries around the world to close the ceremony. When I came back to Malta, I was informed that the choir I was part of was chosen to represent Malta in Tunisia, so we travelled to that country to represent Malta. I also took part in the popular musical, Gensna as part of the choir. Over the years, I have also participated in many television programmes, such as The Academy on One TV and ID. At the age of 15, I went to London to study musical theatre at the Sylvia Young Theatre School. In 2011, with the help of my parents, I set up my own recording studio where I now record and compose musical arrangements. I also have my own choir which I manage. Last year, we were chosen to represent Malta in the carnival in Tunisia. At the end of 2014, I took part in the Malta Eurovision song contest with the song Could Have Been Me,” explained Iona Dalli in this interview with Ramona Portelli.

How did you first discover that you had a talent for singing?

I started vocal training at the age of three years. I do not remember exactly when I discovered my talent.

You also teach singing lessons to your students. What does it entail to teach music in Malta?

It entails a lot of commitment, patience, dedication and most of all you need to love it in order to reach out to your students and help them learn.

Are there any new projects you are working on at the moment?

Actually, I am currently thinking about what I want to do next.

Were you ever bullied as a kid?

Yes.

Do you collect anything?

Not exactly, but I like to buy a lot of things, especially those which are music related such as instruments, etc.

Are you a winter or a summer person, and why?

I see the good and bad in each season, I do not have a favourite.

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