The Schwingungen Trio got its name from one of the greatest concert series, Schwingungen. These series are developed and organised by Verein für Internationale Musik- und Kulturförderung (IMK; International Society for the Promotion of Music and Culture). 10 years after the Schwingungen concert has made its debut, violinist Sanghee Cheong, pianist Charlene Farrugia and cellist Stefan Kropfitsch have enchanted people through their music. In 2017, the trio is invited for an upcoming performance in world famous Liszt Hall in Budapest and Malta Spring Festival.
Cellist Stefan Kropfitsch, still a young cellist, received the Karl Böhm prize of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, the famous conductor declared: ”a lot of people will talk about this young man, full of talent.“ And so it happened. The career of this musician, a cello-lover, really did take off like a shot: a short while after obtaining unanimously his degree from the Vienna School of Music, he became Wolfgang Herzer’s assistant, a teacher at this same institute and solo cellist of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. He then became associate professor in this school, which in the meantime changed its name to “University of Music, Theatre and Dance in Vienna” and in addition became professor of his very own cello class at the Joseph Haydn Conservatory in Eisenstadt.2006 he was appointed as the head of chairs(director) of the department of strings of the University of music, Vienna. Alongside his teaching career, he also carried out extensive international concert work as a soloist with numerous orchestras including notably the Salzburg Mozarteum, the Festival Strings of Lucerne, the Radio Orchestra of South West Germany, the Lower Austrian Tonkünstler Orchestra and the Ljubljana Philharmonic Orchestra. He also devoted himself to doing recordings for radio and television.
Violinist Sania Cheong studied in Vienna and at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow under Sergey Kravchenko. She has a number of performances with important orchestras to her credit including the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, State Symphony Orchestra of St. Petersburg, Rome Symphony Orchestra, North Czech Philharmonic Teplice and others. In 2010 she was invited by the Nuernberg Symphony Orchestra to play the Beethoven Triple Concerto together with the great cellist Mischa Maisky. They performed the same concert together also the following year at the International Music Festival Český Krumlov. These two artists recorded the Brahms Double Concerto together, which was released on DVD. On the 11th of May 2014, Sania performed Vivaldi´s Four Seasons with Kalisto Ensemble in Novomatic Forum, Vienna, consisting of members of the Vienna Philharmonic orchestra. Furthermore, she has recorded an album which is published by SONY Entertainment.
pianist Charlene Farrugia is recognised as one of Malta’s most versatile and imaginative musicians and among today’s most engaging pianists. She has appeared on major international concert platforms in recitals and concerto performances and is also in great demand for a wide variety of chamber music groups, playing with some of the world’s leading singers and instrumentalists. she studied locally under Dolores Amodio Chircop before moving to the Royal Academy of Music (London), and was a prize-winner in 10 national and international piano competitions. Her teachers included Diana Ketler, Kenneth Hamilton and Boris Petrushansky. In addition to her busy career as a performer, she is a piano teacher at the Music academy of Pula, University of Pula. Charlene has been performing and recording with the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra for the past 15 years, including a successful tour to China in 2014/2015. Of particular note is her recording for Naxos ‘Mediterranean’ of the first piano concerto by Maltese composer Charles Camilleri. She is an international ambassador for EMMA for Peace (Euro Mediterranean Music Academy)under the patronage of UNESCO and honorary president Riccardo Muti.
Pianist Laura Zapatero-Carreirois a Spanish concert pianist and was born in Vigo (Spain). She obtained the Bachelor’s Degree with Honors at the Music Conservatory of Vigo with Professor Rasa Biveiniene.She is currently studying the Master’s Degree at the Conservatory “Arrigo Boito” of Parma (Italy) with Professor GiampaoloNuti. Zapatero-Carreirohas performed as a soloist with the OrchestraToscanini of Italy playing Ravel’s Concert in G, with the Orchestra 430 of Vigo (Spain), performing Grieg’s Concert in A minor and recording a DVD of this concert, and with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Pontevedra (Spain), also interpreting Grieg’s concert. She has obtained a Second Prize in the International Piano Competition “Music without limits” (Lithuania), a First Prize in the “David Russell”Competition (Spain), a Third Prize in the International Piano Competition “Cidade de Fundao” (Portugal), a First Prize in the Chamber Music Competition of Vigo Conservatory (Spain), etc. She is a concert pianist specialized in the French Impressionism, highlighting her interpretation of Ravel’s Concert in G.