|Charlene Farrugia and Nazareno Ferrugio|
Charlene Farrugia is recognised as one of Malta’s most versatile and imaginative musicians and among today's most engaging pianists. She has appeared on major international concert platforms in recitals and concerto performances and is also in great demand for a wide variety of chamber music groups, playing with some of the world’s leading singers and instrumentalists. Charlene has developed an extensive and exceptionally varied repertoire.
Born in Malta, she studied locally under Dolores Amodio Chircop before moving to the Royal Academy of Music (London), and was a prize-winner in 10 national and international piano competitions. Her teachers included Diana Ketler, Kenneth Hamilton and Boris Petrushansky. In addition to her busy career as a performer, she is a degree plus lecturer at the University of Malta.
Charlene has been performing and recording with the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra for the past 15 years, including a successful tour to China in 2014/2015. Of particular note is her recording for Naxos ‘Mediterranean’ of the first piano concerto by Maltese composer Charles Camilleri. She has developed shared musical interests with an amazing array of performers and has always enjoyed collaborations with other musicians. With a vast repertoire, Charlene has maintained a keen interest in contemporary music; in particular, her close musical relationship with the composer Bashkim Shehu has led to many world premieres. She is a remarkable exponent of Tango and other Latin dance music, reflected in her collaboration with Franko Bozac (bandoneon).
Charlene has recently performed at the Royal Palace of Warsaw, Chopin Music Academy, Shanghai Oriental Arts Centre, Gnessin Academy Music Hall, Lincoln Hall, Chateau Saint-Anne.. and made a welcome return to the Metropolitana (Lisbon), Camerata Austriaca (Austria), Kaliningrad Philharmonic Orchestra (Russia). She has also toured China with accordionist Franko Bozac and performed for the first time with the Collegium, headed by Dimitri Ashkenazy in Portland in 2015. She has performed for several heads of State, including members of the British Royal family. Charlene is an international ambassador for EMMA for Peace (Euro Mediterranean Music Academy) under the patronage of UNESCO and honorary president Riccardo Muti.
Pianist Nazareno Ferruggio was born in 1981. After having won prizes at the “Ibla Grand Prize” and the “Grieg International Piano Competition” at Oslo he began his career which has brought him invitations to perform in some of the world’s most important concert halls: Carnegie Hall, Lindemann Hall, Cheong Ju Arts Centre, Rosengarten, Wiener Saal, Palau de la Musica, Auditorium de Leon, Rose Wagner Hall, Teatru Manoel, Teatro Municipal Lima.
He has given concerts and recitals in the following cities: New York, Sydney, Melbourne, Jakarta, Oslo, Copenhagen, Stockholm, la Valletta, Milan, Lima, Barcellona, Innsbruck, Venice, Hong Kong, Lyon ,Rome, Cheong Ju, Hamamatsu, Little Rock, Cologne ,Geneva, Amsterdam, Mannheim, Berne, Bari.
He has been invited to play at the following Music Festivals: Sommets du classique, International spring Festival, Cantiere internazionale di musica Contemporanea, Festival della Musica Contemporanea a Lima, Ascoli Piceno festival.
He is also guest professor at the University of Sowon di Cheong Ju in South Korea and the University of Music at Oslo in Norway. He has been soloist with Orchestra Bari, ICO MagnaGrecia Orchestra and Malta Philarmonic Orchestra. He is professor at Istituto Musicale " G. Puccini " in Gallarate. He is jury member in national and international piano competitions.