Teenage musician Alessia Bonnici has been exploring her love for music since 2012. Alessia’s natural love for the arts provided her with the impetus required to pursue her studies. She is a student at the Malta School of Music, playing the piano at Grade 8 level.
For the past years, at Malta School of Music, Alessia studied with Rosetta Debattista, an acclaimed pianist and Music Therapist who has occupied a pivotal role in Alessia’s musical journey, by guiding and challenging her with much sensitivity every step of the way. In 2021, Alessia started being mentored by yet another celebrated pianist, Gabi Sultana, who is exposing Alessia to a new exciting contemporary genre. Alessia has also studied intermittently with other professional pianists who have posed a significant influence in the shaping of this journey. These include Marcelle Zahra, Veronique Vella, Tom Armitage and Tricia Dawn Williams. Alessia’s passion for music compelled her to explore new instruments. Today she plays the violin at a grade 5 level and more recently, she started playing the viola.
Alessia had her first concert ‘Music Speaks’ at Palazzo De La Salle in Valletta in 2018, where she was heard playing alongside a number of established local and foreign artists that influenced her musical journey. She was invited to play for Hon. Evarist Bartolo at the Education Ministry in Floriana and had the honour to play in the Teatru Ebe Stignani in Imola, Italy where she participated in a concert ‘I Bemolli Sono Blu’.
During 2021 Alessia was involved in a project that was inspired by her passion for music… Ale’s Project. This project was funded by the Arts Council Malta, AX Foundation, Janatha Stubbs Foundation and Melita Foundation. Alessia's performance of a Piano Concerto written by Russian composer Ilia Chkolnik, aimed at increasing awareness around the subject of disability. The project was undertaken in collaboration with a number of professional artists. Ale’s Project was launched in the presence of the former President of Malta, Her Excellency Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca.
In addition to her performing career, Alessia enjoys volunteering to play the piano in nursing homes, bringing musical joy to the elderly residents who always welcome her with much enthusiasm. So far she has performed in Casa Antonia and Jasmine Nursing home and looks forward to resume these activities when Covid restrictions are lifted.
Autism is part of who I am but it doesn't define me.
Music encourges me to create connections with other artists who share the same passion.
Apart from providing me with a powerful way of expression, music fills me and the ones around me with great Joy.