Maltese composer Albert Garzia (b. 1977) started his musical training as an accordionist at an early age under Dorselle Mifsud with whom he also studied piano performance. He started his composition studies with Raymond Sciberras however his formal academic studies were in Industrial Electronics. He started undergraduate studies in music composition at the University of Malta with Dion Buhagiar, John Galea, Joseph Vella and Charles Camilleri among others. He completed his B.A. (Hons.) (with First-Class Honours) read concurrently with a Diploma in Sacred Music.
He was admitted at the School of Composition and Contemporary Music at the Royal Northern College of Music (Manchester) to read for a Master’s degree in composition which he completed with distinction. There he studied with Adam Gorb, Paul Patterson, Gary Carpenter and David Horne among others. Garzia’s music ranges from orchestral to chamber combinations and has been performed in a variety of settings. While being versatile in his approach, his objective is principally an effective musical communication which he strives to achieve by fusing folk elements into a contemporary music language.