The Music Studio

The Music Studio at Masquerade offers a variety of individual and group sessions in vocal singing, guitar, drums, piano/keyboards, along with a specialised class in Music Appreciation for our younger students aged 4+ years, which allows them to come in contact with music and rhythm in a new, fun and exciting way! 

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Julie Zahra (Vocals)
The Maltese vocalist who represented Malta in the 2004 Eurovision Song Contest whose performance intrigued the BBC commentator Terry Wogan who commented “At last we hear some proper singing”. At this time, Julie was offered a contract with Sony BMG. Other projects over the years have included various theatre productions and performances abroad with bands and orchestras. In the UK, Julie restarted her music career and studies showing influences ranging from Classical to Jazz. Julie was signed with a UK independent company where she collaborated with various major players including Roger Waters. In 2013, she has released an EP of a mix of Jazz inspired cool alternative songs entitled No Loving with producer Owen Caruana and master engineer Christian Wright of Abbey Road Studios. Julie has given classical recitals both in the UK and in Malta, her repertoire ranges from oratorio and arias singing in English, Italian, French and German languages. Julie is currently based in Malta, performing and teaching both music and vocal coaching to various students.
Nadia Vella (Vocals)
Nadia Vella trained at Hertfordshire Theatre School, UK where she completed a 3 year course in Acting and Musical Theatre and obtained an LTCL in Vocal Teaching. She made her theatrical debut playing ‘Annie’ in Masquerade’s production in 1997. This was followed by numerous roles in local productions. Roles in the UK included 'Angel' in 'The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas,' 'Maria' in Lorca's 'Yerma,' 'Countess de la Roche Piquet' in 'Don Juan on Trial,' 'Maggie' in 'Matchgirls' 'Helene' in 'Sweet Charity,' (Kirk Foster, QMT) ‘Catherine' in 'Memory of Water,' 'Milena' in 'Once we were mothers,' , ‘Zerlina’ in ‘The Lovers’ Inn’, 'Elphaba' in 'Encore' and performed in Hamburg’s ‘Weinachtcircus.’ She played ‘Ruth’ in TAC Theatre’s ‘Is it Me’ followed by ‘Lupita’ in ‘Innocent Flesh’ and later joined the TIE South Western UK tour of ‘Working Space Theatre’s’ production of ‘Oliver.’ She sang the part of ‘Eponine’ in the 2013 premiere of the ‘Les Miserables’ screening at the Eden Century cinemas and was a guest artist in Masquerade’s ‘Comedy Tonight’ at the Manoel Theatre. In 2014, she was lead singer in ‘A night on Broadway’ at the Teatru Rjal, ’50 years of Maltese Music’ at Smart City under the direction of Mro. Paul Abela as well as ‘A night at the theatre’ at the MFCC with The PBS Orchestra and in December, was lead actress in local band ‘Red Electrick’s video of ‘Young Again.’ In 2015, Nadia played the part of 'Cecile' in 1565 in concert held at the MCC produced by Masquerade and was lead singer in ' The Angel of Christmas Eve' at The Metanoia Theatre as well as a soloist in Simply Queen. Currently Nadia plays 'Sherrie' in Malta's first running musical 'Rock of Ages' and works as a vocal tutor and event singer.
Andriana Yordanova (Vocals)
Andriana Yordanova, an established soprano and voice teacher, holds a Masters in Opera singing and Vocal pedagogy and a Ph.D. in Music, both from National Music Academy “Prof. Pancho Vladigerov” Sofia as well as a Master degree in Russian language and literature from the Sofia University “St Kliment Ohridski”. She won scholarships for the European Opera Thrust in England and the Academy “Boris Christoff” in Rome. She is a winner of competitions and a member of international judging boards. Her repertoire ranges from Italian, French, German and Russian operas to operettas, baroque music, Lieder and modern composers. Her career brought her from Bulgaria to Egypt, Greece, Germany, Switzerland, Russia, Italy, and Austria. Since 2001 she lives in Malta performing in Manoel Theatre, Aurora Theatre, MCC, St John’s Cathedral and many other concert halls.
Karl Galea (Guitar)
Karl Galea is a guitarist active in various forms of music including jazz, manouche swing, funk, soul and folk. In 2008 he moved to London to study at the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance. After earning his Bachelor of Music Degree in 2011 he continued to work in London as a music teacher and session guitarist. Locally, some of his recent projects include the manouche jazz group Swing Nuages and also the Elata Quartet. He is a member of the polystylistic Maltese music group Kazinska, with whom he performed at Expo 2015 in Milan. He has appeared at the Malta Jazz Festival as part of the Fringe Youth Jazz Ensemble and continues to perform regularly with various jazz, funk and soul combos.
Manuel Pulis (Drums)
Manuel Pulis is one of the most sought-after session musicians on the island, working with some high calibre musicians in Malta and abroad. Starting from working with pop, rock & hip-hop bands, a certain understanding of organisation, perseverance and motivation was developed. With the help of his previous drum teachers and mentors Manuel was able to attain a spot in the prestigious Siena Jazz University, Italy. While in Italy every opportunity was taken to play, produce or organise music, concerts and gigs. This led him to play in festivals around Europe and of course in Malta. Manuel has an understanding not only of what it takes to be a drummer, but more importantly a complete growing musician. While keeping ongoing projects both in Italy & Malta, after his studies, Manuel bases himself back on the Maltese Islands where he focuses primarily on music education, music production & composition, with an endless list of past and ongoing projects/bands.
Marie Louise Galea (Piano)
Marie Louise Galea is a physiotherapist with a musical heart and soul. Studying pianoforte under Sister Beniamina Portelli, M'Louise always had piano teaching as one of her interests, and throughout the years she has coached various young students up to diploma level in both Theory and Practice. Marie Louise founded and conducted the Santa Margerita Children's choir for eight years, and was also a member of the St Monica Accordion Ensemble. She is now a member of the Malta Society of Arts. Marie Louise is very happy to form part of the Music Studio team at Masquerade.
Christian Debono (Intro to Music)
Christian Debono started his musical education at the age of seven with classical violin. At the age of eleven he trained with several local vocalists, which later on led him to classical singing. At the University of Malta he studied with well renowned mezzo-soprano Claire Massa and also holds a degree in Theatre Studies (Hons.) Engaging his classical singing technique into jazz music he started to sing repertoire from The Great American Song Book and Latin-American numbers. He is now studying jazz improvisation and theory under the supervision of Joe Debono, while also studying with several renowned Jazz and Brazilian music vocalists in Berlin. In the year 2015 he had the opportunity to be a finalist in The Malta Jazz Contest held in Ta’ Lisse. Recently he was also part of an intercultural music residence in Malta with Egyptian and Maltese musicians and participated also in an international jazz workshop in Poland with several jazz musicians established in New York.

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(+356) 2124 6619

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(+356) 2124 6644