Paul Abela

Nationality: Maltese

After having finished his music studies in the United States, Paul Abela returned to Malta in 1981. He composed all music for the very successful rock opera ‘Ġensna’, which explores the heroic elements in Maltese history. Abela is one of Malta’s most successful pop composers, having written songs for Georgina Abela, Fabrizio Faniello, and Olivia Lewis. In 2006, he wrote the arrangements for the crossover project ‘National Orchestra goes pop’. He performs with his own Paul Abela Band and is a conductor of a children’s choir.

Paul Abela composed and conducted the entry with which Malta returned to the Eurovision Song Contest in 1991 after an absence of sixteen years. The song was called ‘Could it be’, arranged by Italian Vince Tempera, and interpreted by his wife Georgina in a duet with Paul Giordimaina; quite unexpectedly, this ballad scored more than 100 points and finished sixth. One year later, Abela represented Malta again, arranging and conducting a song composed by Georgina and sung by Mary Spiteri, ‘Little child’, which was even more successful with a third place. In 1996, he made his third and last appearance as a conductor, with the vocalist Miriam Christine and her song ‘In a woman’s heart’, which he had composed and arranged himself. Paul Abela also composed and arranged the 2001 Maltese entry ‘Another summer night’ (lyrics: Georgina Abela), with which Fabrizio Faniello reached a ninth place. Abela’s involvement in the Eurovision Song Contest goes much further, as he composed tens of songs for the Maltese Eurovision pre-selection.

In due course, a more extensive biography of Paul Abela will be published on this website


Songs conducted
1991: Could it be
1992: Little child
1996: In a woman's heart