Berenice Beverley Zammit
Berenice Beverley Zammit is a Performance Consultant, lecturer and professional violinist. She lectures in Performance Psychology, Health and Wellbeing, and Research Methods. She is a PhD candidate under the supervision of Professor Aaron Williamon and Dr Terry Clark investigating strategies adopted by professional musicians to enhance performance. Her research interests encompass pre-performance routines, psychological skills and physical fitness and exercise, and the implications these carry on musicians’ performance, general health and wellbeing. At the RCM Berenice is also a GTA for Performing Arts in Health and Wellbeing, Healthy Musician and Performance Education.
Berenice's doctoral research findings have been presented at the International Symposium for Performance Science (ISPS) 2021, Montreal; KVNM/RMA Postgraduate Symposium 2021, Amsterdam; SMI/ICTM-IE Postgraduate Conference 2021, Limerick; ISPS 2019 in Melbourne. Berenice’s latest findings will be presented at ISPS 2023 (Warsaw).
Berenice is an RCM Doctoral Bursary and Leverhulme Postgraduate Award holder. She is also supported by the Malta Government Scholarship Scheme, the Robert McFadzean Whyte Award and the Charles Richard Sisson Scholarship. In 2012 Berenice was awarded a distinction for her MSc in Performance Science (RCM), generously supported by the Malta Arts Scheme. Her research investigated physical exercise, injury and wellbeing in professional orchestral musicians.
Berenice graduated in Violin Performance from Siena, Italy, after winning a scholarship by the Istituto Italiano di Cultura. During this time, Berenice furthered her studies in both violin and viola with acclaimed violinist Marco Fornaciari and participated in various masterclasses with internationally renowned violinists such as Salvatore Accardo and Cristiano Rossi. Her solo debut came at thirteen years of age with Vivaldi’s Four Seasons at Malta’s international Manoel Theatre.
As a violinist and performance consultant Berenice works internationally with various orchestras and chamber ensembles such as the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, the London Arts Orchestra and EUYO, among others. Berenice is also an enthusiastic violin tutor and music educator teaching children and adults of all ages.
Berenice is a sports enthusiast and passionate about collaborating with individuals across performance domains to support research and artistic innovation.
Perkins R, Kaye SL, Zammit BB, Mason-Bertrand A, Spiro N, & Williamon A (2022), How arts engagement supported social connectedness during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic in the UK: findings from the HEartS Survey, Public Health, 207, 1-6 [DOI].
Faculties / departments: Research