Nazzareno Carusi

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Nazzareno Carusi
Birth name Nazzareno Carusi
Born (1968-11-09)November 9, 1968
Celano, Italia
Genres Classical
Occupation(s) Pianist
Instruments Piano

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 studied also the Chamber music under Adriano Vendramelli, and received advices 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 Neaples,[5] La Fenice in Venice, the Wigmore Hall in London,[6] the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome,[7] 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.[8] He has shared the stage with dozens of top artists and orchestras including the Camerata of 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 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 [9] and in the Faculty of "A. Buzzolla" Conservatory of Music in Adria.[10]

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-pieces orchestra ».[11]



  • 2013: Special Mention of the Justinian Prize 2013 (together with Riccardo Muti).[13]
  • 2011: Winner of the Lunezia Prize 2011 (category: Best Classical Music Recital) for his performance "Discorso a due" together with Italian art critic Vittorio Sgarbi.[14]
  • 2004: Winner of the TOYP (The Outstanding Young People) Italia Prize for the Culture
  • 1999: He has been awarded with the Alexis-Weissenberg-Preis in Engelberg 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


  1. ^ Radio Suisse Classique - Alexis Weissenberg - Biography
  2. ^ Viktor Merzhanov - Biography
  3. ^ Italian Living Figures 2015
  4. ^ La Scala's Official Sebsite
  5. ^ Teatro San Carlo's Official Website
  6. ^ Wigmore Hall's Official Website
  7. ^ Italian Foreign Office's Official Websita
  8. ^ Carnegie Hall's Official Website
  9. ^ International Piano Academy of Imola - Official Website
  10. ^ Buzzolla Conservatory of Music - Official Website
  11. ^ The Washington Post, April 25, 2005, p. 54
  12. ^ Eloquentia Official Website
  13. ^ Il Resto del Carlino, Mar. 31, 2013, p. 25
  14. ^ Lunezia Prize Official Website

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