Stephen Scerri is a twenty-four-year-old Maltese violinist who is graduating with a Bachelor of Music (Honours) degree, specializing in performance at the University of Malta. Over the years, he has performed as a soloist, together with other artists, and with larger ensembles including the Mediterranean Youth Orchestra, Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, Malta Youth Orchestra and Palace String Orchestra. Stephen began his violin studies at the age of eight, attending lessons at the Choral and Orchestral Society ‘Maria Bambina’, in Mellieħa. Early practical exams were done under the tutorship of Diane Vella and Alex Abela. Later studies were continued under the mentorship of James Żammit. After a period of hiatus from violin studies, a turning point in his life encouraged him to return to music, this time with a determination to make it his main focus.
In 2019 he enrolled in the Bachelor of Music course at University, tutored by MPO violinist Natalia Filipenko, and joined the Malta Youth Orchestra in the same year. Experiencing music in an orchestral environment with people of a similar age and passion was a crucial steppingstone in Stephen’s life. During the 2019-20 MYO season, Stephen attended violin lessons with the world-renowned Romanian violinist, Irina Simon-Renes. Recently, as part of the new MPO academy project, he was selected to attend weekly masterclasses with Marcelline Agius, leader of the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra.
He has started to make a name for himself as a freelance violinist and participates in various concerts throughout the year. He currently teaches violin to beginners and intends to further involve himself in music education and outreach projects. However, his main aspiration is to form part of a professional orchestra.