Ms Lydia Buttigieg
Lydia Buttigieg graduated B.A.(Hons) from the University of Malta in 2004. Before obtaining her Bachelor’s Degree, Lydia had already attained to her credit several diplomas in piano and harp performance from the Trinity College of London, and London College of Music. She was the first in Malta to achieve Grade 6 (Distinction) and ATCL diploma, both self presented in harp performance from the Trinity College of London in 1997-1998. Throughout her musical career, where she performed both as soloist and accompanist, she toured several European countries, such as England, Scotland, Greece, Italy and Germany. Her performances as soloist and as an accompanist has taken her to various important venues, amongst the then President of Malta, Profs Guido de Marco, and the present Dr. George Abela at their official residence in San Anton Gardens, Attard Malta, where her rendition was highly praised for her professionalism. Amongst her various public concerts, Lydia has premiered piano and orchestral works by the late Carmelo Pace, Gordon Zammit, Raymond Sciberras, Bulgarian composer Atanassov and upcoming Maltese composers such as Mariella Cassar and Albert Garzia.
Apart from her constant involvement in performing, and teaching advanced level for nearly twenty-three years, Lydia continued with her musical studies, specialising in Musicology. Lydia enrolled as a Doctoral student at Edinburgh Napier University in 2007, where she was awarded a bursary from Edinburgh Napier University, and the Janatha Stubbs Foundation in Malta. In January 2011, she transferred her post-graduate research studies to Durham University, where she is currently under the supervision of Dr. Patrick Zuk. Her field of research has taken her to discover the life and works of Maestro Carmelo Pace (a prolific Maltese composer: 1906-1993), and thus, her doctoral thesis is focused on Pace’s contribution towards the concept of developing post-tonal music in Malta. Part of her thesis is aimed on the liturgical and operatic music that was constantly maintained throughout the centuries in Malta. Her traditional education in classical music, and the unexplored wealth of music that is stored in Malta, amalgamated with her experience in performing, created the basis for her main research interest.
- European Music History from the 18th century to the present (with particular emphasis on the First and Second Vienese School)
- Music Analysis
- Music and Anthropology
- Performance Practice
- Sonata Theory
- Buttigieg, Lydia (2010). Mro Carmelo Pace and his Atonal Music. Independent Online