Nazzareno Carusi

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Nazzareno Carusi
Birth nameNazzareno Carusi
Born(1968-11-09)November 9, 1968
Celano, Italia

Nazzareno Carusi (born November 9, 1968, in Celano, Abruzzo) is an Italian pianist. He studied the Piano under Lucia Passaglia, Alexis Weissenberg [1] and Victor Merzhanov.[2] He also studied Chamber music under Adriano Vendramelli, and received advice from Isaac Stern.


Italian conductor Riccardo Muti has described him as "a superlative pianist and an artist of the highest order".[3]

Since his 2003 Carnegie Hall (Weill Recital) debut in New York, Carusi has been invited to perform for the world’s principal institutions, capitals and music centers, including La Scala in Milan,[4] Teatro di San Carlo in Naples,[5] La Fenice in Venice, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Florence,[6] the Wigmore Hall in London,[7] the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome,[8] the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, the Toronto Centre for the Arts, the Palau de la Música in València, the Zipper Hall in Los Angeles, the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, and several times again at Carnegie Hall.[9] He has shared the stage with dozens of top artists and orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic, Eleonora Buratto, the Fine Arts Quartet, Mischa Maisky, Domenico Nordio and the Soloists of La Scala.

In May 2016 he was appointed Artistic Adviser of the Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition in Bolzano.

From 2001 to 2006 he has been Artist in residence at the Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago.

In 1990 he was one of the youngest winners of the Italian national competition to become a Faculty member in the Italian State Conservatories of Music. In 1993 he began teaching as the youngest assistant of Victor Merzhanov. Currently he teaches Chamber music in the Faculty of International Piano Academy "Incontri col Maestro" in Imola [10] and in the Faculty of "A. Buzzolla" Conservatory of Music in Adria.[11]

After his recital in Washington D.C. in Trio with the Soloists of La Scala, the music critic Cecelia Porter wrote on The Washington Post: "An evening of breathtaking artistry... Carusi transformed the keyboard into a 100-piece orchestra".[12]



  • 2018: Carlo I d'Angiò International Award.[14]
  • 2013: Justinian Award (Special Mention together with Riccardo Muti).[15]
  • 2011: Lunezia Award (category: Best Classical Music Recital) for his performance "Discorso a due" together with Italian art critic Vittorio Sgarbi.[16]
  • 2004: TOYP (The Outstanding Young People) Award for the Culture
  • 1999: Alexis-Weissenberg-Preis in Engelberg (awarded by the legendary pianist Alexis Weissenberg himself).
  • 1995: Winner of Animato International Piano Competition in Paris.
  • 1993: Winner of National Federation of Music Clubs Competition (duo with violinist Emil Chudnovsky) in Buffalo, New York
  • 1992: Winner of National Piano Competition in Ravenna
  • 1992: Winner of National Piano Competition in Albenga
  • 1992: Third Prize at Luis-Sigall International Piano Competition in Viña del Mar
  • 1991: Winner of National Piano Competition in Macerata
  • 1991: Winner of National Piano Competition in Rome
  • 1989: Winner of National Piano Competition in Moncalieri
  • 1982: Winner of National Piano Competition in Sulmona


  • Paolo Isotta, La virtù dell'elefante (Marsilio Editori, Italia, 2014, pages 131-132, 262, 455, 581)
  • Paolo Isotta, Altri canti di Marte (Marsilio Editori, Italia, 2015, pages 45–48, 50-55, 89, 101-102, 105-106, 130, 236, 277)
  • Luca Ciammarughi, Da Benedetti Michelangeli alla Argerich. Trent'anni con i Grandi Pianisti (Zecchini Editore, Italia, 2017, page 214)
  • Luca Ciammarughi, Soviet Piano. I pianisti dalla Rivoluzione d'Ottobre alla Guerra Fredda (Zecchini Editore, Italia, 2018, page 159)


  1. ^ Radio Suisse Classique - Alexis Weissenberg - Biography
  2. ^ Viktor Merzhanov - Biography
  3. ^ Italian Living Figures 2018
  4. ^ La Scala's Official website
  5. ^ Teatro San Carlo's Official Website
  6. ^ Maggio Musicale Fiorentino's Official Website
  7. ^ Wigmore Hall's Official Website
  8. ^ Italian Foreign Office's Official Website
  9. ^ Carnegie Hall's Official Website Archived 2016-03-04 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ International Piano Academy of Imola - Official Website
  11. ^ "Buzzolla Conservatory of Music - Official Website". Archived from the original on 2014-11-20. Retrieved 2016-05-08.
  12. ^ National Philharmonic Orchestra The Washington Post, April 25, 2005, p. 54, Retrieved November 8, 2020]
  13. ^ Eloquentia Official Website
  14. ^ Il Centro, 5 luglio 2018
  15. ^ Il Resto del Carlino, Mar. 31, 2013, p. 25
  16. ^ Lunezia Prize Official Website Archived 2016-01-28 at the Wayback Machine

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