The death has been announced of Maestro Cavalier Pawlu Grech, who passed away yesterday at the age of 82, shortly before his birthday.
At the age of 16, Pawlu Grech received a scholarship for the Conservatorio Santa Cecilia in Rome. His association with great Italian composers Luciano Berio and Luigi Dallapiccola, as well as his memorable meeting with Igor Stravinsky, were instrumental to his formation as a composer.
Apart from being a music conductor, Grech was also an artist. While studying music in Rome in his youth he was also studying privately at Scuola Galli.
In 1964 he went to London where he began his music career. He matured in his friendship and the training he received from the Austrian musicologist Hans Keller, and eventually he was invited to direct the BBC symphonic orchestra. While he was in London he also became friends with the sculptor Edward Pirotta, who lost his life tragically in 1968.
In 1986 Grech came back to Malta where he taught 20th century composition at the Johann Strauss School of Music in Valletta, while he was also teaching art privately from his home in Hamrun.
When he no longer continued teaching in Valletta, he continued teaching music and art privately in Attard, where he used to live.
Grech leaves behind his partner Amanda Tabone, as well as his numerous art and music students.