Vivienne Spiteri

Vivienne (Antonia Helen) Spiteri. Harpsichordist, teacher, b B'Kara, Malta, 23 Apr 1953, naturalized Canadian 1968; B MUS (Ottawa) 1976, M MUS (McGill) 1978. Her harpsichord teachers were Karen Holmes and John Grew.

Spiteri, Vivienne

Vivienne (Antonia Helen) Spiteri. Harpsichordist, teacher, b B'Kara, Malta, 23 Apr 1953, naturalized Canadian 1968; B MUS (Ottawa) 1976, M MUS (McGill) 1978. Her harpsichord teachers were Karen Holmes and John Grew. She studied electronic, electroacoustic, and computer music at the Institute voor Sonologie at the Hague 1989-90, and electroacoustic music at the University of Paris 1990-1. She made her debut in Montreal in 1978 and has appeared in Ontario and Quebec and in Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands, Belgium, England, and France. She has been broadcast on the CBC and on Swedish and Dutch radio. Spiteri decided in 1986 to confine her performances solely to contemporary music. Her principal interest is in the interactive performance of harpsichord, live electronics, and tape. Committed to developing new repertoire for her instrument, both solo and in combination with traditional, folk, non-western and unconventional instruments, she has commissioned works from many composers, including Canadians Timothy Brady, Jan Jarvlepp, Hope Lee, Bruce Mather, BrucePennycook and Wendy Prezament. In 1990 Spiteri conducted workshops on the MIDI harpsichord and its repertoire in Stockholm and Paris. She has recorded works by Hambraeus, Lee, Saint-Marcoux, and Brady on the CD New Music for Harpsichord from Canada and the Netherlands (1988, SNE 542) and by Jarvlepp on his cassette Chronogrammes (J&W JW-861). Spiteri is a member of the Canadian Electroacoustic Community. She is a contributor to EMC.


Further Reading

  • Robert Everett-Green. 'Harpsichordist should make some converts,' Toronto Globe and Mail, 19 May 1986