Euchar Gravina (b. 1994) is a composer, artistic and music director from Malta based in London. His output ranges from pieces for soloists and chamber ensembles to electronic music, choral works and orchestral compositions.
Recent commissions include a touring children’s opera in Maltese for Teatru Malta (in collaboration with Three Palaces Festival), an interactive dance-theatre piece for Valletta 2018 (European Capital City of Culture) and a concerto for Teatru Manoel and the Valletta International Baroque Festival. Performances of his music have been given by the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, Christ Church Cathedral Choir (Oxford), Psappha Ensemble ,Chroma and mezzo-soprano Marvic Monreal. Current commissions include a set of piano pieces, a work for violin and orchestra and a string quintet.
He was the recipient of the special jury prize at the APS National Composition Competition (2015), the composer-in-residence with the young ensembles at Sage Gateshead (2017/18) and currently a Britten Pears Young Artist (2019/20), ahead of performances at Aldeburgh Festival 2020. He has also been awarded a place on the Peter Reynolds Composition Studio 2020, as part of the Vale of Glamorgan Festival 2020.
Euchar is the Artistic Director at Waterloo Festival, an annual festival in the heart of London which brings together artists, musicians and the local neighbourhood, and has been recently appointed Artistic Director at St. John's Waterloo ahead of a redevelopment project which will transform the venue into a more accessible and inclusive hub for arts, heritage and community.
Following studies in piano and organ, Euchar read composition at the Royal Academy of Music (London) with Simon Bainbridge and Edmund Finnis, participating in masterclasses and lessons with Oliver Knussen, Bent Sørensen, Magnus Lindberg, Anssi Karttunen, Judith Weir and Michael Finnissy, amongst others. At the Academy, Euchar also followed classes in choral conducting with Patrick Russill.
Alongside, Euchar directs community choirs in Waterloo and Southwark, teaches piano and he is also a singer with the London Symphony Orchestra.
Euchar has been generously supported by the Janatha Stubbs Foundation, the BOV Joseph Calleja Foundation and is a recipient of Arts Scholarship, financed by the Government of Malta.