In 2003, after two decades as a classical violinist and chamber musician, Maggie Ferguson went to Buenos Aires to study orchestral tango at the Escuela de Tango Emilio Balcarce at the invitation of the schools founder Ignacio Varchausky. With the support of The Ian Potter Cultural Trust, she returned each year to play with the Orquesta under the direction of Maestros Emilio Balcarce, Carlos Pazo, Walter Rios, Jose “Pepe” Libertella, Nestor Marconi, Victor Lavallen, Ariel Espandrio and Ramiro Gallo. There she has performed at the Biblioteca Nacional, La Casa del Tango and Clasico y Moderna, La Viruta, The Australian Embassy and live on tango radio LA2x4. In 2007, MF began bandoneon studies with professors including Santiago Polimeni, Camilo Ferrero and Ramiro Boero.
Maggie still visits Argentina each year to work with colleagues and collect priceless repertoire. In Australia she performs with many ensembles as guest tango director on violin and bandoneon. The concerts are specially crafted to present a musical tango journey throughout the 20th century, incorporating tango history, styles, composer anecdotes, the dance and some joyous audience participation.
Festivals include Stradbroke Island Chamber Music Festival July 2015, Pearl Beach Chamber Music Festival June 2015, Canberra Tango Social Club Gala Festival December 2015, Bowral & Southern Highlands (BASH) Tango Festival November 2014, Royal Botanic Gardens Autumn Vibes 2013, Moorambilla New Australian Music 2010, Riverina Summerstrings 2008 – 2013, USYD Open Day 2012, Sydney Conservatorium Sounds Sensational 2012, Woollahra Festival 2010 and 2012, New England Chamber Music Festival 2012 and The Rocks Aroma Festival 2011 & 2012.
In 2009, Maggie created TangoOz with Sydney Youth Orchestras (SYO), Australia’s first tango training orchestra. The first International Tango Escuela was held in collaboration with Sydney Conservatorium High School in July 2009, with guests Ignacio Varchausky and Santiago Polimeni from Buenos Aires. She performed again with Varchausky, Polimeni and didgeridoo player William Barton in Canberra in 2010.
TangoOz’ 2012 hit Libertango has received over 1,500,000 YouTube views.
In 2017, Maggie Ferguson will conduct TangoOz for its 9th year. In July TangoOz 2016 toured Buenos Aires and Montevideo to study and perform at the Escuela De Tango Emilio Balcarce. This ‘TangoOz Emerging Artists Development Project’ at last forms important formal links between Maggie Ferguson’s work in Australia and the work of Ignacio Varchausky’s Tangovia .org
Maggie Ferguson is the tango performance tutor at Sydney Conservatorium High School. She introduces the art of tango to music students in rural areas as well as Sydney schools and has conducted orchestral tango workshops at Charles Sturt University, Kildare Catholic College and Riverina Summerstrings, Wagga Wagga, Orange Regional Conservatorium, MLC School, Shore School, PLC Croydon, PLC Pymble, Kincoppel School, St Aloysius College, Manly Selective High school and St Andrews Cathedral School. She has mentored and performed with HSC students from Conservatorium High School, Sceggs Daringhurst, PLC Pymble, PLC Croyden, St Andrews Cathedral School and gives specialist tuition to students at Sydney Conservatorium and UNSW.
In 2011 Maggie recorded Tango Project Loca Bohemia in Buenos Aires on violin and bandoneon. Produced by Ignacio Varchausky (2009 Latin Grammy Award), the tangos are arranged by Andres Linetzky, German Martinez and Maggie Ferguson. The CD features a quartet of young tango virtuosi . More information HERE
In 2014 Maggie was invited by the Anibal Troilo Centenary in Buenos Aires to film ‘Quejas De Bandoneon’ (bandoneon solo) as Australia’s reprensentative for 100 Bandoneons 100 Cities. Her film is here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yNb99gv5zYQ
Maggie Ferguson plays an Alfred Arnold (AA) Premier bandoneon made in 1936.