- Joseph Vella Bondin
(b Cospicua, Malta, July 24, 1856; d Valletta, Jan 30, 1923). Maltese composer, teacher and church musician. He studied theory, organ and composition with Luigi Fenech and Giuseppe Spiteri Fremond and violin with Domenico Amore. In 1875 he went to Paris, where he remained for 10 years, during which time he studied with Ernest Guiraud and Massenet who, on the evidence of extant letters, rated Vassallo's musical gifts highly. On his return to Malta, he founded his extremely successful Music Institute which offered comprehensive courses ranging from the basics to advanced compositional and orchestral techniques; most Maltese composers prominent in the first half of the 20th century, including Carlo Diacono, Giuseppe Caruana and Josie Mallia Pulvirenti, studied with Vassallo....