The Maltese pianist Charlene Farrugia studied with Dolores Amodio, and with Diana Ketler at the Royal Academy of Music in London. For several years she was mentored by Boris Petrushansky. She gained her doctorate in performance under Kenneth Hamilton with a thesis on piano repertory for the left hand. In 2018 she received Malta’s International Achievement Award, and was made an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in 2020. An ambassador of EMMA (Euro Mediterranean Music Academy) for Peace, under the auspices of UNESCO, she is currently on the teaching faculty at the Music Academy, Juraj Dobrila University of Pula, Croatia.
With a wide repertory ranging from classical to contemporary, Farrugia made her concerto debut with the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of 13, playing Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 1 – the orchestra’s youngest ever soloist. She has since toured widely, engagements taking her throughout Europe to North America and the Far East, appearing in venues from the Teatru Manoel, Valletta, Théâtre Princesse Grace, Monaco and Château Sainte-Anne, Brussels to the Smetana Hall, Prague and the Shanghai Oriental Art Center. For Naxos she has recorded Charles Camilleri’s Piano Concerto No. 1 (8.573373).
For more information, visit www.charlenefarrugia.com.