(b. 1969, Sliema).
Maltese composer, now resident in Australia, of mostly orchestral, chamber and choral works that have been performed in Australia, Europe and Japan.
Mr. Grixti studied composition privately with Carmelo Pace in Malta in the early 1980s and composition with Michael Regan at the London College of Music of the University of West London from 1986–90, where he earned a diploma of fellowship. He studied composition with Franco Donatoni at both the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena and the Accademia Lorenzo Perosi in Biella from 1994–97 and earned a licenza at the Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi in Milan in 2000, on a scholarship from the government of Italy. He studied conducting with Emilio Pomárico at the Civica Scuola di Musica in Milan in 1998–99. He then studied composition with Brenton Broadstock at the University of Melbourne, on a grant from the Janatha Stubbs Foundation, and there earned his MMus in 2002.
He has lived in Australia since 2000.
SELECT LIST OF WORKS
La Danza della vita (imaginary ballet), orchestra (10 brass, harp, timpani [+ cymbals], 30 strings), 2000
Concertino, trumpet, string orchestra, 2002
Canticum Melitensis I, 'San Girgor', 2003
Canticum Melitensis II, 'Vitorja', 2003
Mdina, French horn, 1995
Labyrinth, flute, bassoon, piano, 2002
Recorder Quartet, 'È finita la commedia', 4 recorders, 2003
Saxophone Trio, 3 saxophones, 2003
String Quartet in Three Cycles, 2003
Pezzi da Requiem, mixed chorus, 2001
Laudate pueri, mixed chorus, 2002
Salve Regina, mixed chorus, 2002
Ġejja l-Banda – Here Comes the Band (vocalise), mixed chorus, 2003
Saints and Fireworks (vocalise), alto, piccolo (+ flute, alto flute), oboe (+ English horn), E-flat clarinet (+ A-clarinet, bass clarinet), bassoon (+ contrabassoon), guitar, mandolin, cello, 2 percussion, 2001