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Michael Piscopo

Michael Piscopo was born on the 26 of March 1961 in Paola, Malta. He is an author and composer. Michael is married to Dr.Suzanne Piscopo and lives in Ħ' Attard.

He attended the Archbishop’s Seminary in Floriana, and the Upper Secondary School in Valletta before graduating with a BA (Hons) degree in Public Administration from the University of Malta in 1986.

Michael started writing poetry at a young age, and published his first collection of poems called Vrus fil-Vini (Verses in the Veins) in 1987. The step from poetry to song lyrics is a relatively short one, and since his university days, he collaborated on various song-writing projects, locally and abroad. Michael is an enthusiast of musical theatre. Among his credits one finds script and lyrics for an original musical in English called Daggers (2004), together with UK composer Sean Green, with whom he also wrote the ballad Guardian Angel (2006). Michael’s love of the musical theatre genre and his love of the Maltese language saw him venture into the area of adaptation of original works into Maltese. Amongst others, he has completed the Maltese language version of the Broadway musical Man of La Mancha and of the Italian commedia musicale Aggiungi Un Posto A Tavola, which he hopes to bring to the local stage in the near future. In addition, Michael has a catalogue of around 100 songs from famous West End musicals which he translated into Maltese.

In recent years, Michael started writing songs for children. As co-creator of the popular character Fonzu l-Fenek, Michael wrote a series of educational songs which have gained immense popularity among younger children. Fonzu l-Fenek, Lola n-Nannakola, Miċu l-Qattus, Benna l-Baqra and Ħaxix u Frott are just some of the songs written and composed by Michael which are regularly performed at schools around Malta and Gozo, on radio, as well as on YouTube.These songs, as well as Fonzu Rabbit (the English version of Fonzu l-Fenek) have music composed by Michael and arranged by Phyllisienne Brincat. The same applies for the Christmas song Ġej il-Milied, launched in 2014 which was an instant seasonal hit. His song Għażiż Papa with which Estella Mercieca won the Best Interpretation prize in her section in the Konkors Melodija Maġika 2015 festival is featured in the festival compilation CD. In 2016, Estella performed another one of Michael's songs Ma Nafx in the same festival, placing first in her category.

In addition to writing songs, Michael is also a graphic designer, photographer and illustrator, and has published various children’s storybooks and colour-in books, and a book about the Maltese Islands called Malta - A Journey Across Time together with Canadian Photographer George Fischer. Michael is also involved in the artistic NGO Zararti, with which he has produced a number of stage productions, in Malta and abroad.

In the 2018 edition of Konkors Melodija Maġika 2018, singer Briana Micallef placed second in her category with the song written by Michael called 'Ballerina'. In the Konkors Melodija Maġika 2019 edition of the same festival, Briana came first in her category with another song written by Michael, 'Mistoqsija', which also placed second overall.

In 2018, Michael's song 'Fonzu l-Fenek' was one of 9 songs shortlisted to represent Malta in the Children's Songs category of the European Songbook.

Michael's song 'Ottimista' performed by Phyllisienne Brincat was one of the semifinalists in the L-Għanja tal-Poplu 2019.

Michael's song 'Nagħtu d-Demm, Nagħtu l-Ħajja' (Let's Give Blood, Let's Give Life) performed by the children choir of Phyllisienne Brincat's Vocal Academy was launched during a special ceremony held at Verdala Palace on June 14th 2019 (World Blood Donor Day) under the auspices of HE the President of the Republic of Malta, Dr. George Vella.

Michael can be contacted by email on:-

External links

mvanpic@yahoo.com

See also

Category:Michael Piscopo Photos