Recognized for her “tender lyricism” (The Washington Post), yet not afraid to shout, swing her foot onto the piano or don fingerless gloves if the music demands it, pianist Francesca Hurst divides her playing evenly between classical and contemporary music, and has a special interest in women composers. Passionate about connecting with the audience, she loves giving salon-style concerts in small, intimate venues. She teaches on the piano faculty of the Rome School of Music, Drama, & Art at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.
This spring, I'm touring the mid-Atlantic with a program highlighting music by three women composers: Jennifer Margaret Barker, Faina Lushtak, Caroline Shaw, and also the Chopin Op.17 Mazurkas.
Finale of Faina Lushtak's Sonata in C, Meet the Artists Series, recorded live at CenterStage Reston
Tuesday Concert Series, The Church of the Epiphany, Washington, DC
The Washington International Piano Series, Washington, DC
Jordan Kitts, Fairfax, VA
Second Sunday Concert Series, Montclair, NJ
Meet the Artists Series, Reston, VA
Grace Concert Series, Richmond, VA
P'tit Palais Series, Capitol Hill, DC
Davies Concert Series, Temple Hills, MD
I've been selected to create a pedagogical video for the "From the Artist Bench" series on PianoInspires.com, the digital home of the Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy. These videos discuss preparation, interpretation, and performance of advanced piano repertoire.
I've been named to the Virginia Commission for the Arts' Performing Artist Touring Roster
for the 2023-2024 season!
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DAILY DOSE OF PIANO
A little musical medicine, if you will.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, I shared 100 piano pieces, one piece each day, to bring some music and beauty into the world.
There's something magical about live performance, those moments that transcend time and space, where the audience experiences the artist becoming one with the music. I strive to create these moments
in all of my performances.
I love premiering pieces because I get to present brand new music to the world! It's incredibly exciting, and a big responsibility, and I do my best to understand the music and convey its message to the audience. I cherish interacting with composers to expand my comprehension of the music.
As a Contemporary Ensemble fellow of the 2021 Atlantic Music Festival, we premiered over 50 works in the span of 6 weeks!