Biography

Born in Celano, Italy (1968), he gave his first concert at the age of ten and since then has performed in many of the major musical venues in Italy and worldwide.

EMI Record Company released a triple CD Box of his recordings: Live at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires (Musorgskij, Pictures of an Exhibition), Live at the Jewel Box Series in Chicago (Scarlatti, Nine Sonatas) and Live at La Scala in Milan (Mozart, Kegelstatt-Trio and Schumann, Märchenherzählungen op. 132 and Romances op. 94).

In 2019 will be released Quintets for piano and winds of Mozart and Beethoven (Deutsche Grammophon) performed with first Solo chairs of La Scala in Milan (Fabrizio Meloni, clarinet – Gabriele Screpis, bassoon) and the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia Orchestra (Alessio Allegrini, horn – Francesco Di Rosa, oboe) and Romances and Lyrics by Francesco Paolo Tosti and Franco Alfano performed with the soprano Eleonora Buratto (Warner).

Among his other recordings, the album Notturno (EMI), the Two Sonatas op. 120 of Brahms for piano and clarinet with Fabrizio Meloni (Amadeus) and the Sonata op. 123 of Saint-Saëns for cello and piano with Luigi Piovano (Eloquentia).

Author of articles, columns and cultural documentaries for major Italian national TV channels (Mediaset, Istituto Luce – Cinecittà) and newspapers (Panorama and Il Giornale), music magazine Amadeus recently wrote about him as “a great figure of Italian culture”.

Artistic adviser of International Piano Competition “Ferruccio Busoni” in Bolzano (Italy), his prestige brought him the be named Distinguished Professor of Chamber Music at the “Incontri col Maestro” International Piano Academy in Imola (Italy). He’s also Professor of Chamber Music at the “Antonio Buzzolla” Conservatory of Music in Adria (Italy).

In Ravenna (Italy) he has been awarded the Special Mention of prestigious Premio Giustiniano “for the unquestionably unique quality of his presence in the musical landscape in Italy and beyond. Carusi has succeeded in combining his brilliant career as a musician, crowned by international success and acclaim, with equally intense, prestigious work in spreading, commenting and reflecting on music by means of the press, television and all the new media”.

The “Nicola Irti Foundation for Charity and Culture”, chaired by prof. Natalino Irti, invited him to hold a series of dialogues on Music as part of its memorandum with the Italian Superior Council of Magistracy and the Italian Ministry of Justice in order to promote meetings of general Culture in the penitentiary facilities.

Nazzareno Carusi is deeply attached to his native region and in 2012 the Presidency of the Regional Government of Abruzzo awarded him the title of “World Ambassador for Abruzzo for his exceptional artistic merit and the prestige he has brought to Abruzzo”.

He was a pupil of Alexis Weissenberg, Viktor Merzhanov, Lucia Passaglia and Adriano Vendramelli.

Nazzareno Carusi was named “Steinway Artist”  by world-famous piano company Steinway & Sons.

They said


Riccardo Muti
« Nazzareno Carusi is an excellent pianist and a musician of the highest caliber. »

Alexis Weissenberg
« I have been struck by Nazzareno Carusi’s artistic talent and wide-ranging repertoire. His interpretation of Schubert’s Improvvisi op. 90 is the most charming and with the most beautiful sound I’ve ever heard. »

Victor Merzhanov
« I consider Nazzareno Carusi a piano virtuoso of international merit, impressed as I am by his technique, his expression and his magnificent musicianship. »

Carlo Boccadoro
« Our political ideas are the opposite (I am an old communist), but this has nothing to do with music; and when we talk about getting our hands on the piano then with Nazzareno Carusi we have to take off our hat. »

Eleonora Buratto
« For years I wanted a pianist who “sang” to the keyboard as Nazzareno Carusi does. The great pianist Alexis Weissenberg judged his “cantabile” among the most beautiful that he had ever heard. Carusi sings with the piano. I do not feel accompanied by him, but I duet with him, as if he were another voice. It is a very rare artistic harmony, especially between a singer and an instrumentalist. »

Fabrizio Bosso
« The musical experiments of  ‘Due per Aria’ Project make me happy. Of course I could do it only with a pianist like Nazzareno Carusi, who has a foolish mindset. A classical pianist who has his head only in that world there, could not have faced such a concert. »

Lucio Dalla
« Notturno [Nazzareno Carusi, EMI 2008] is one of the most beautiful CD of the last ten years. »

Cord Garben
« It is an old story how to interpretate the piano music of the Baroque period on the modern instruments. One group of pianists plays strictly like on a harpsichord, without any “musically” impact, mechanically. The other plays Scarlatti in a nineteen century’s mode like Hummel and his colleagues of the early Romantic age. Furthermore the “Horowitzes”, who uses those tiny jewels as encores in the tea-time concerts. The way Nazzareno Carusi is treating the delicate matter of Scarlatti’s Sonatas is more or less the only interpretation which is really convincing. He plays on the modern instrument with the spirit of the harpsichord avoiding the simple technical approach but showing us the possibilities of a real declamation. That makes his reading of Scarlatti unique. »

The Soloists of Teatro alla Scala in Milan (Francesco Di Rosa, Fabrizio Meloni & Danilo Rossi)
« Playing with such a particular artist, so versatile and so great as Nazzareno Carusi, even for us it is not an everyday joy. Carusi brings in his ‘chamber music playing’ all the brilliant and profound power of his ‘soloism’ without ever defeating his musical adventure colleagues. On the contrary, making the execution easier and always completely new »

Franco Scala
« Nazzareno Carusi exposes his musical thought with courage, without compromises or unnecessary mannerisms and always respecting the text. I regard his interpretations as those of a genius. »

My Mentors


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