INTERVIEW WITH MUSICIAN SILVIO ZAMMIT

Having recorded two CDs of 18th and 19th century music, Silvio continues to perform with many international artists. Some of the highlights were The Priests, David Campbell (clarinettist), Andrea Kuypers (flautist) and Cecilia Gasdia (soprano). He has premiered and recorded various Maltese flute compositions by famous composers. Together with his wife Ramona Zammit Formosa (pianist and flautist), they have performed as soloists, and chamber music musicians in Italy, Bulgaria, Portugal, Spain, England, Austria, Belgium, Hungary, Slovakia and the USA.  He also is a member founder of Gukulari Ensemble which specializes in music related with Malta recording two CDs featuring music of the 18th and 19th century.

World premiere performance of Maurizio Schembri: Variation on 12/12/12 Theme. Silvio Zammit on flute, Ramona Zammit Formosa on piano

The musician started his studies in Malta at the Johann Strauss School of Music with flautist Joseph Corrado and later furthered his studies in Italy, as well as under Mro. Camelo Pace and Mro. Pawlu Grech. He attended masterclasses with international flautists and took part in Baroque music workshops. He was also awarded the Lloyd Webber gold medal for distinction in interpretation. After being a member for twenty years of the Manoel Theatre Orchestra and the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, Silvio is currently a flute teacher at the Johann Strauss National School of Music and a fellow at the London College of Music.

Eve: What has been the single greatest challenge in your career so far?

Silvio Zammit: I must consider myself privileged to have performed in front of distinguished audiences at various prestigious venues. However, if I had to choose a favourite concert it would be that held at St Martin-in-the-Fields, London.

Eve: What’s the most expensive musical instrument you’ve ever bought?

SZ: A musical instrument is not judged by how much it costs, but rather how it responds to the performer and allows the performer to bring out his best.  I am very satisfied with the instrument I play on.

Eve: If you weren’t a musician, what would you be doing?

SZ: I am an avid fan of football so my dream would be becoming a professional footballer.

Eve: What do you enjoy doing during your time off?

SZ: Probably reading a book or swimming.

Eve: If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

SZ: I would make everybody happy.