Low Brass Tutor at the George Vella Music school within Għaqda Mużikali Marija Bambina, Banda Vittorja, Naxxar
Josef was born in 1996 and his musical journey began in 2002 at the Johann Strauss School of Music in Gozo. A year later, he started studying the Bb trumpet with Mark Gauci, but after a few months he moved on to the Bb Baritone. Josef is an active member and musician of the Leone Philharmonic Society of Victoria, Gozo. In 2012, Josef won the promising category of the 9th Young Musicians Contest, and in 2014 he obtained the Dip.ABRSM. During that same year, Josef started his B.A(Hons) in Music at the University of Malta, specializing in trombone performance with the help of his tutor, Mark Gauci where he graduated in 2017. In that same year Josef started his master’s degree in Teaching and Learning in Music Studies at the University of Malta and graduated in 2019.
In order to enhance his studies, Josef has attended several masterclasses overseas. He has worked with Steven Mead, Vincenzo Paratore, The Corpus Quartet and Rudi Korp amongst others.
Josef currently teaches in 3 local band clubs on the islands: 12th May Social and Band Club (Ħaż-Żebbuġ), Għaqda Mużikali Marija Bambina, Banda Vittorja (Naxxar) and Għaqda Mużikali San Leonardu (Ħal Kirkop).
Josef has been a member of the Malta Youth Orchestra since 2012, and has been the principal trombone of the same orchestra from 2015 until this day. He has also been an intern with the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra from 2016 till 2018 where he had several opportunities to play with the MPO and also go on tour in USA and Russia in 2018.