Professor of Piano,
University of South Carolina School of Music
Charles Fugo is currently Professor of Music at the University of South Carolina, where he teaches piano and coaches chamber music. He received his baccalaureate degree at Oberlin Conservatory, with additional study at the Akademie des Mozarteums, Salzburg, Austria, and his MM and DM Performance degrees at Indiana University, where he was also awarded the Performer's Certificate. During his study at Indiana he was named a state winner in the National Federation of Music Clubs Young Artist Division. His principal teachers include Abbey Simon, Jorge Bolet, and Joseph Schwartz, with additional study under Winfried Wolf, Sidney Foster, and Robin McCabe and chamber music coaching under Menahem Pressler of the Beaux Arts Trio.
A recipient of the 2008 Cantey Outstanding Faculty Award given by the School of Music, he was also a staff member of the Anderson Piano Performance Camp and the summer honors program of the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities, serving in the latter capacity for thirteen years. He was also official accompanist for the Josef Hofmann Competition (Aiken, SC) over a five-year period. For over ten years he was sponsored by the South Carolina Arts Commission (Stage South Community Tour) as a member of both the Jesselson/Fugo Duo and the American Arts Trio. He has played two collaborative recitals at New York City's Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. In conjunction with violist Lenny Schranze he has recorded the complete music for viola and piano by Robert Schumann for Centaur Records. He has also performed throughout the Southeast as well as other areas of the United States and with the South Carolina Philharmonic, the South Carolina Chamber Orchestra, and the Florence, Charleston and Temple (TX) Symphony Orchestras, and has appeared on several statewide programs on South Carolina Educational Radio and Television as both soloist and chamber musician.