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Maggie Ferguson

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Diploma of Music, Graduate Diploma of Music Performance Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Orquesta Escuela De Tango Emilo Balcarce Buenos Aires

In 2003,after two decades as a classical violinist and chamber musician, Maggie Ferguson went to Buenos Aires to study the orchestral tango at the Escuela de Tango Emilio Balcarce.

At the invitation of Ignacio Varchausky of TangoVia and with the support of The Ian Potter Cultural Trust, she played violin each year for several weeks with the Orquesta Escuela de Tango under the direction of Maestros Emilio Balcarce, Carlos Pazo, Walter Rios, Jose “Pepe” Libertella, Nestor Marconi and Victor Lavallen. She has performed at the Biblioteca Nacional, La Casa del Tango and Clasico y Moderna.

In April 2007, Maggie began studying the bandoneón in Buenos Aires. Her teachers have included Santiago Polimeni, Camilo Ferrero and Ramiro Boero of Orquesta El Arranque.

In 2009, with Susanne James of Sydney Youth Orchestras Association (SYO), she created TangoOz, Australia’s first national tango training orchestra.TangoOz were the focus of Sydney’s first International Tango Escuela held by the SYO in collaboration with Sydney Conservatorium High School in July 2009 under the guest direction of Ignacio Varchausky and Santiago Polimeni. The orchestra also performed at the Australian Tango Championships.

TangoOz 2010 performed at the Barrenjoey Festival, and in September was featured with TaikOz at Moorambilla Festival for New Australian Music in Coonamble.

Since 2001 Maggie Ferguson has taught chamber music and tango performance to individuals and ensembles at Sydney Conservatorium High School and formerly at the Sydney Conservatorium Open Academy.

She has conducted orchestral tango workshops at MLC School, Shore School, PLC Croydon, PLC Pymble, Kildare Catholic College, Kincoppel School, St Aloysius College, Manly Selective High school, Riverina Summer School for Strings under the direction of Carl Pini and Riverina Conservatorium of Music at Charles Sturt University.

In November 2010, she was co artistic director with Varchausky and Polimeni at Resonate Tango Music Festival hosted by Canberra Youth Music (CYM). They premiered original tango quartet arrangements by Andres Linetzky in two concerts at the Llewellyn Hall with guest didgeridoo player William Barton, and created the Resonate Festival Tango Orchestra.

Sydney Conservatorium High School also hosted a tango master class and concert with Varchausky and Polimeni which Maggie co directed. That week she also performed at the inaugural Woollahra Festival on bandoneon.

In August 2011 Maggie recorded the album Tango Project Loca Bohemia in Buenos Aires playing both violin and bandoneon. Produced by Ignacio Varchausky (2009 Latin Grammy Award), it is a recording of tango classics newly arranged by tango pianist Andres Linetzky, German Martinez and Maggie Ferguson. Her co musicians are Varchausky (double bass) Santiago Polimeni (bandoneon), Andres Linetzky (piano) and Guillermo Rubino (violin).

Events in 2012 included The Riverina Summer Strings Festival, The New England Chamber Music Festival, The Rocks Aroma Festival, USYD Open Day at the Music Cafe with TangoOz 2012, The 2012 Woollahra Festival and Sydney Foreshore Harbour Authority’s “Santa Fest”.

Maggie has a Graduate Diploma of Music in performance (violin) from Sydney Conservatorium of Music and returns as often as possible to Buenos Aires to work with tango colleagues and continue studying bandoneon.

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These details were last updated on March 29, 2015

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