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Julie Julie and Ludwig Ludwig
Julie Julie & Ludwig Ludwig

Born on 25 March 1982, Julie is the youngest daughter of Anthony and the late Monica Zahra. She has a sister, May, and a brother, Andrew.

Coming from a family of musicians, she naturally started taking interest in music at a very young age. Her potential and talent were quite evident by the age of four when she joined the local church choir and started piano lessons. As she grew older, she took up singing seriously and managed to obtain distinction certificates from music schools outside Malta.

Now Julie is mostly occupied with the participation in various song festivals. She love musical theater, which marked the start of her public career.

Julie performed in many musicals including the leading roles in Diana - Queen of Hearts (1999) and Tkun Darb'ohra Mikelang (2000). She has also played secondary roles in other musicals, including Some Enchanted Evening (2001),
All You Need Is Love (2002), and Jesus Christ Superstar (2003).

During the past few years she has participated in various festivals in Malta. She is surely very much remembered for the songs Hdejk and Eternity (both with music by Rene Mamo, lyrics by Joe Julian Farrugia) wherein she appeared as a soloist.

In 2003 Julie obtained a B.A. (Hons.) degree in Sociology from the University of Malta.

She also teaches voice training at the Masquerade Theatre School in Malta.



On 14 February 2004 Julie & Ludwig won the Malta Song for Europe contest with the song On Again ... Off Again (music by Philip Vella, lyrics by Gerard James Borg). This success made qualified them to represent Malta in the 2004 Eurovision Song Contest held in Istanbul, Turkey.

Julie and Ludwig first appeared as a duo in the 2002 International Festival of Maltese Song (Festival Internazzjonali tal-Kanzunetta Maltija). That year they placed second and won the televoting award with the song Adagio (music by Rene Mamo, lyrics by Raymond Mahoney).

The following year sang together again for the 2003 Malta Song for Europe festival placing second in televoting and fourth overall with the song My Number One (music by Philip Vella, lyrics by Joe Julian Farrugia).

Later that year they also won the first prize and the best interpretation award with the song Sebat Ilwien (music by Dominic Galea, lyrics by Mario Fenech Caruana) at the festival L-Ghanja tal Poplu 2003.

This led them to travel abroad and participate in the Discovery Festival 2003 in Bulgaria. Out of 24 countries they won one first prize with the song Endlessly (music by Philip Vella, lyrics by Joe Julian Farrugia) and placed second in the category for Best Singers.

Following their 2004 success at the Malta Song for Europe, Julie and Ludwig were invited to sing in Brussels at the Open Day for those prospective countries joining the European Union in May 2004.

The duo has appeared together on various TV programmes in Malta. In the 2003/2004 season they appeared in the opening sequence for Il-Holma Amerikana (The American Dream), which features interviews and information about the Maltese immigrants in the U.S.A.



Born on 26 November 1977, Ludwig is the eldest son of Austin and Sylvana Galea. His younger sister is Abigail.

Music has always been the center of Ludwig's life. Brought up in a musical environment, he started showing interest in music at a very early age. He started taking piano lessons under the tuition of his uncle Mro. Alberto Borg OSA at the age of six. Finding potential in his nephew, his uncle being at the time Maestro di Cappella, encouraged him to join the St. John's Co-Cathedral Boy's Choir, in Valletta. That was the start of Ludwig's singing career.

In 1999, Mro. Joe Brown gave him the first opportunity to be a soloist singer in the musical Diana - Queen of Hearts. This wonderful experience led Ludwig to take up singing more seriously.He has also appered in other musicals, including Some Enchanted Evening (2001), All You Need Is Love (2002), Jesus Christ Superstar (2003), Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat (2003). His most recent leading role was as Gaston in Beauty And The Beast (2003).

Aside from musicals, Ludwig has appeared in variouis song festivals. His first at the 2000 Youth Fesitval Festival ghaz-Zghazagh 2000 wherein he placed third with a song he composed himself, called All You Ever Need. Since then he has always appeared with Julie in song festivals.

Ludwig has be invited to sing on some of the most popular local TV shows in Malta. Most recent he has even started to present TV shows himself. Ludwig's TV programmes for children include, Kraxx and Mini + Minor. Youth oriented programmes include: Baraxx, Raxx, Klubzone, and D-Generation.

Apart from singing, Ludwig has also a passion for teaching. In 2000 he obtained a B.Ed. (Hons.) degree in Education from the University in Malta and is currently teaching P.S.D. at Paola Primary School and San Gwann Primary B, and he also teaches voice training at the Masquerade Theatre School.

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