Charlene Farrugia, the winner of the 2018 International Achievement Award within the Premju ghall-Arti, is recognised as Malta’s leading and most successful pianist. She has performed with partners such as Joseph Calleja, Dimitri Ashkenazy and Ning Feng. Charlene has recorded for labels such as Naxos, Parma and Sony, being also a 2016 Naxos Critics' Choice. At the age of 13, Charlene debuted with the National Orchestra of Malta. Since then, she has appeared with orchestras such as Metropolitana Orchestra, Camerata Austriaca, Kaliningrad Philharmonic Orchestra, Rotterdam Sinfonietta, European Chamber Orchestra, Arad State Philharmonic, Croatian Chamber Orchestra, and many others, performing in Smetana Hall, Princess Grace Theatre, Shanghai Oriental Arts Centre, United Nations NY, Chateau Saint-Anne and so on. She has maintained a keen interest in contemporary music, which has led to many world premieres. Charlene is an international ambassador for EMMA for Peace under the patronage of UNESCO and honorary president Riccardo Muti. She finished her studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London and is currently a piano professor at the Music Academy in Croatia.

Program Notes

Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
Ballade no. 2 in B minor (1853)

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Four Ballades, op. 10 (1856)

Frederic Chopin (1810-1849)
Scherzo no. 1 in B minor, op. 20 (1831-1832)

Joseph Vella (1942-2018)
Scherzo op. 10 (1969)

Karl Fiorini (1979)
Etude: Les âmes effleurées (2006)

Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921 )
Etudes pour le Piano, no. 1, 4, 6, op. 111 (1892)

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