Award-winning jazz pianist and composer Adrean Farrugia is one of Canada’s most distinct voices on the piano. Fusing many diverse musical influences, he has forged a personal sound that generates a uniquely individual creative statement.
Currently on the music faculties of York University and Mohawk College of Arts and Technology in Ontario, Canada, Farrugia teaches piano and improvisation and has also done workshops and clinics internationally at the University of Colorado, University of Toronto, The Banff Centre for the Arts, and the Polish Jazz Society’s annual Summer Jazz Workshop in Warsaw. He has also been a contributing writer to piano guru Larry Fine’s publication The Piano Book, the world’s foremost periodical on all things piano.
As a vehicle for his skills as a composer, pianist, and band leader Farrugia formed the ensemble Ricochet in 2008. The band released their self-titled debut recording in 2010 on the main stage at the Toronto International Jazz festival. The album has received extensive radio play across Canada as well critical acclaim nationwide, and has been nominated for a Juno award (Canada’s Grammy equivalent) for best contemporary jazz recording of 2011. Farrugia won a Juno award in 2008 for best traditional jazz recording (Brandi Disterheft’s Debut) and a Hamilton Music Award in 2010 for Pianist of the Year.