PAUL ABELA

Paul graduated in Professional Music from Berklee College of Music in Boston, USA, regarded as the top  music school in the world.

                                                                   

He was the musical director and conductor for the following musicals which were performed in Malta:

 

Les Miserables in Concert, EVITA, The Sound Of Music, Jesus Christ Superstar, Cabaret, Fame, Godspell, Nunsense, Annie, La Cage Aux Folles, Seven Brides For Seven Brothers, Fiddler On The Roof, Secret Garden, South Pacific, Kiss Me Kate, Anything Goes, Blood Brothers and Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

 

Paul is a prolific arranger for orchestra, big band and various ensembles.  He has produced orchestra song arrangements for top international artists like Ronan Keating, tenor Joseph Calleja and Gigi D’Alessio.

 

He has also worked with most of Malta’s top artists, as well as foreign artists and musicians such as Ron, Ivana Spagna, Gabriele Comeglio ( RAI Milan music consultant).

 

Composer of some of Malta’s most popular songs, as well as numerous other songs for the Maltese and international market.  Some of his songs have been recorded by artists from Sweden, Germany, Denmark, United Kingdom and Italy, the most notable being Claudio Baglioni’s version of L-ahhar bidwi f’Wied il-Ghasel.

 

Has directed and played in various small and large ensemblesplaying different genres of music ranging from pop to jazz, Latin and semi-classical.

 

Taught music theory, piano and improvisation at the Johann Strauss School of Music where he founded and directed the Johann S Big Band, a 20-piece standard big band, which played several  times in the Malta Jazz Festival and other occasions and concerts. Has also played in jazz festivals in Malta, Italy and U.S.A.

 

Composer of a number of original musicals such as GENSNA, TAHT TLIET SALTNIET, ALI BABA, BASTILJA and 1565 THE MUSICAL. Also composed various jingles, signature tunes and incidental music for television, film and theatre. 

 

His compositions have represented Malta four times in the Eurovision Song Contest, where he has also conducted the Eurovision Orchestra in Italy, Sweden and Norway. Has also conducted the orchestra during previous editions of Malta Song for Europe and Festival Internazzjonali tal-Kanzunetta Maltija.

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