B i o g r a p h y
Italian- Egyptian pianist Francesca Khalifa was the winner of the Ferrara International Piano Festival in 2014, awarded by famed pianist and musicologist Paul Badura-Skoda.
Active soloist and chamber musician, her recent performances include solo recitals and chamber music concerts both in Europe (Claudio Abbado Theatre in Ferrara, Piccolo Coccia Theatre in Novara, Eglise de Saint Merry in Paris, Kapelzaal in Leiden, De Tobbe Theatre in Rotterdam) and in the United States (Saklad Auditorium and Greenfield Hall in New York, Renee Weiler Concert hall in New York, Spectrum NYC, Brooklyn Center for the Arts. Concert Hall and Barness Recital Hall in Tampa, Art Gallery and Rehearsal Hall at the University of Central Florida).
Francesca has been a guest artist for master classes and lectures at the School of Performing Arts of Virginia Tech University, the University of Central Florida School of Music in Orlando and the E. Said Conservatory in Jerusalem.
She served as a juror for NYSSMA piano competition in New York City and for the Music Symposium piano competition of the Music Schools in Florida.
As soloist, Francesca had collaborated with the Guido d’Arezzo Symphonic Orchestra (Italy), the Oosterkerk Festival Chamber Orchestra (The Netherlands), the Cairo Symphony Orchestra and with MET Opera Orchestra string quartet in the realization of Mozart piano concertos (New York City).
Francesca is currently on Faculty at the Greenwich House School of Music in New York City and had previously served as Adjunct Instructor at NYU Steinhardt and Piano and Ensemble Assistant Professor at the USF School of Music in Tampa.
She has been the founder and the Artistic Director of the community concerts series Classical Thursdays at the Brooklyn Center for the Arts and is currently the Director of the Ferrara Piano Festival at St. John’s in the Village concert series in New York.
Francesca resulted top prize winner in the Schio International Piano Competition Alink-Argerich Foundation (Finalist and third place), the Premio Loreto Lancia International Piano Competition (Winner), the N. van Westerhout International Piano Competition (Winner
The pianist is a graduate of Conservatorio G. Cantelli in Novara and holds a Masters degree from the University of the Arts in Utrecht.
Further studies include chamber music with the Altenberg Trio at the Konservatorium Wien and a post graduate Degree at NYU Steinhardt.
Her mentors are the Cuban pianist and pedagogue German Diez (1924-2014) and pianist Ena Bronstein-Barton, both former pupil of Claudio Arrau. Her playing is also very much influenced and shaped by the counsel of pianist, friend and mentor, Marcus Baban.
Her research on German Diez is at the base of a documentary that is currently in the production phase.