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Charlene Farrugia

Charlene Farrugia, born in Malta in 1986, is a contemporary pianist. She is known for her versatile performances.


Farrugia is recognized as Malta’s leading and most successful pianist. She has performed with partners such as Joseph Calleja, Dimitri Ashkenazy and Ning Feng. She has recorded for labels such as Naxos, Parma and Sony; being also a 2016 Naxos Critics' Choice . At the age of 13, Farrugia 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.

Farrugia 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 Pula, Croatia. Her mentor is Boris Petrushansky.


'Mediterranean' recording of Charles Camilleri for Naxos.


  • 2018 International Achievement Award within the Premju ghall-Arti
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