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Classical and New Music Pianist

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Francesca Hurst piano


Recognized for her “quicksilver passagework” and “tender lyricism” (The Washington Post), yet not afraid to shout or swing her foot onto the piano if the music demands it, pianist Francesca Hurst is at ease with classical and contemporary music, and has a special interest in music by women. She has performed in the US and abroad, and has been a guest artist at many new music festivals, including the Atlantic Music Festival, where she premiered over 50 works in six weeks with the Contemporary Ensemble. During the pandemic, she created the 100-day online series Daily Dose of Piano, featuring music from the Baroque to today, including 14 premieres. Francesca is on the Performing Artist Touring Roster of the Virginia Commission for the Arts. She is on the piano faculty at The Catholic University of America and the University of Virginia, is an MTNA Nationally Certified Teacher of Music, and teaches for MusicLink Foundation. She holds a DMA in Piano Performance.

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...Francesca Hurst captured Bernstein’s musical sketches in full timbre...

Grace Jean, The Washington Post


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DC New Music performance with Great Noise Ensemble, October 2021

...her Feli-citazione (a mellifluous, "Italianate" Berio tribute) was never less than exquisitely fluent. And it was a sight to see her donning mittens for the graphic Blokken...

Matt Mendez, I Care If You Listen

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Ward Recital Hall, Washington, DC, May 2023

(all recorded live and unedited)


Solo piano recital, April 2023

Meet the Artists Series

CenterStage Reston

Sonata for Piano, 3rd movement, by Faina Lushtak

Solo piano recital, February 2023

Washington International Piano Series

Washington, DC

Mazurka in A Minor, Op.17, No.4, F. Chopin

Solo piano recital, June 2021

District New Music Coalition's

Spring Concert Series

Sonata for Piano, 1st movement, by Faina Lushtak


Tuesday Concert Series

Church of the Epiphany, 2022

Washington, DC

Fanmi Imèn by Valerie Coleman

New Music Concert

Atlantic Music Festival, 2021

Waterville, ME

The Dwarf by Yi-Fan Chen

Daniel Dorff's piece The Seven Chakras performed with Todd Groves, saxophone, New Music Delaware

New Music Delaware 2019

Polaris Piano Trio

featuring pieces by David Baker, Clara Schumann, and F. J. Haydn

Arts Club of Washington, 2019

D. Baker, C. Schumann, F.J. Haydn

2022-2023 SEASON

  • April 25, 2022 at 6:30pm

Ukraine Benefit Concert Event

Ukrainian Catholic National Shrine of the Holy Family

Washington, DC

  • May 1, 2022 at 3pm

Les Dimanches Musicaux

Recital with flutist Robert Cart

The American Cathedral in Paris

Paris, France

  • June 4, 2022 at 5pm

Private House Concert

Recital with flutist Robert Cart

Capitol Hill

Washington, DC

  • June 21, 2022 at 12pm

Tuesday Concert Series

Recital with flutist Robert Cart

Church of the Epiphany

Washington, DC

  • December 10, 2022 at 5pm

Solo Piano Recital

Private House Concert

Annandale, VA



  • February 21, 2023 at 12pm

Tuesday Concert Series

Solo Piano Recital

Church of the Epiphany

Washington, DC

  • March 23, 2023

Washington International Piano Series

Solo Piano Recital

Ward Recital Hall

Washington, DC

  • April 2, 2023 at 2pm

Second Sunday Concert Series

Solo Piano Recital

Van Vleck House & Gardens

Montclair, NJ

  • April 6, 2023 at 2:15pm

​​Meet the Artists Series

Solo Piano Recital

CenterStage Reston

Reston, VA

  • April 15, 2023 at 3:30pm

​​Grace Concert Series

Solo Piano Recital

Grace Baptist Church

Richmond, VA

  • June 2, 2023 at 7pm

​​P'tit Palais Concert Series

Solo Piano Recital

Private Home

Capitol Hill, DC

  • June 4, 2023 at 4pm

Davies Concert Series

Solo Recital

Davies Unitarian Universalist Congregation

Temple Hills, MD

  • (For full calendar, including future and past seasons, click HERE)

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