Franko Bozac

Accordionist, The official website

CHARLENE FARRUGIA

Charlene Faruggia

http://www.charlenefarrugia.com/

“Enfant terrible”

“…her starling octaves, majestic chords, extraordinary double thirds and delightful staccato have velocity, precision and gloss wich could be compared with those of the greatest pianists of our time.” The Sunday Times

” A most gifted pianist who should go very far as a concert pianist.” Manuel Villet ( accompanist to Yehudi Menuhin)

” outstanding musical ability, her recital in Jacqueline du Pre Hall left a brilliant artistic impression.” M. Papadopulos

“Pianist of exceptional talent.” legendary Gary Graffman

Praised by musicians, audiences, and music critics as an “enfant terrible” in the classical music scene, Charlene Farrugia is regarded as one of the best pianists to ever emerge from Malta. Her debut, at the age of 13, with the National Orchestra of Malta, under the baton of Jonathan Butcher, was her critical culmination. Being the youngest Maltese soloist ever to appear with this orchestra and due to the thunderous standing ovation she received at the end of her performance, this concert is still very well remembered by critics and audience alike. Charlene now is still a prominent performer

Charlene is the first prize winner of 10 national and international piano competitions, including the EPTA national piano competition (1998, 1999, 2002), the EMCY duo competition (2002), the Victoria Arts Festival competition (2002), the Stradivari-Lufthansa competition (2004), and the Young Musicians Contest (2005), which enabled her to follow master classes with Andrew Zolinsky at Thames Valley University, London. She also won Primo Premio Assoluto in the VIII Concorso Pianistico Città di Solarino and in V Concorso Musicale di Palermo both in Sicily, and the Fourth Level award as a soloist, along with the Most Distinguished Artist award as a concerto player in “IBLA Grand Prize Competition”, also in Sicily.

Charlene has performed in numerous venues around the world, amongst others: in France (Conservatoire Superior), Ireland (Municipal Art Gallery), Malta (Manoel Theatre, MCC, Sala Isouard, St. James Cavalier, Robert Sammut Hall, San Anton Palace, The Palace Courtyard, Casino Maltese) Croatia (Tone Peruska Hall), Hungary (Bekescaba Conservatoire), Philadelphia (Centennial Hall, Agnes Irwin School Hall, Merry Place Park), Belgium (Chateau Saint-Anne), The Netherlands (Rotterdam Conservatoire), Italy (Conservatorio Nicolo Paganini), Monaco (Princess Grace Theatre), and U.K (St. James Church Piccadilly, Blackheath Halls, The Forge Venue, Jacqueline du Pre Hall, Marylebone Church, Duke’s Hall).

She has also been invited to perform at top music festivals, including Juniors Festival (Monaco),Haverford International Youth Music Festival (USA), XIV Incontro Internazionale dei Conservatori di Musica del Mediterraneo (Italy), Oxford Philomusica (U.K.) and many others.

Charlene has been approached to perform as soloist with several orchestras. Most recent have been the performance of Grieg’s Piano Concerto with Blackheath’s Hall Orchestra in London, under the direction of Leigh O’Hara, the performance of the same concerto at the MCC in Malta under the direction of Michael Laus, and the premiere of Karl Fiorini’s Piano concerto with the Rotterdam Sinfonietta, under the direction of Roberto Beltran, performed both in Rotterdam, Holland and at the Manoel Theatre in Malta. She has premiered many works for solo piano and chamber music. Amongst others is the premiere of Fur Balint Andras Varga, by renowned Austrian composer Johannes Maria Staud.

Charlene was born in 1986 and is a top honours graduate from the University of Malta (BA Hons) and the Royal Academy of Music in London (MA in Piano Performance). She is also a holder of the LRAM diploma (Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music). Currently, she is furthering her studies with Profs. Boris Petrushansky. Her teachers and coaches have included Gary Graffman, Peter Donohoe, Marios Papadopoulos, Maria Dolores Amodio Chircop, Michael Laus, Diana Ketler, Pascal Devoyon, Simon Mulligan, Márta Gulyás, Nicola Eimar, Andrew Zolinsky, Franco Foderà, Siegfried Mauser, Marcantonio Barone, Janusz Skowron, and Manuel Villet (the official accompanist of the late Yehudi Menuhin). She is kindly supported by the Malta Arts Fund, MGSS, Janatha Stubbs, Ian Tomlin, Malta Piano Trust, Friends of the RAM, and Christopher Elton

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