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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

New Music Delaware, March 2023

Geenyoch Ballant, Jennifer Margaret Barker


Tuesday Concert Series

Church of the Epiphany, 2022

Washington, DC

Fanmi Imèn by Valerie Coleman

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


Dr. Francesca Hurst has over 20 years of university teaching experience.


Dr. Hurst is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music through Music Teachers National Association.



Dr. Hurst creates an inclusive learning atmosphere where students feel valued and respected.

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She is on the piano faculty at the Rome School of Music, Drama, and Art at The Catholic University of America and at the University of Virginia.



She maintains an active performing schedule. View the full performance calendar.



The Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy published her video on playing Faina Lushtak's "Old and New" in their From the Artist Bench series. 


She was selected for the Performing Arts Touring Roster of the Virginia Commission for the Arts.

2023-2024 SEASON

  • September 17, 2023 at 3pm

Washington Piano Society

Ward Recital Hall

Washington, DC

  • October 13, 2023 at 7pm

FNAR Friday Nights at Redeemer

Episcopal Church of the Redeemer

Bethesda, MD

  • October 20, 2023 at 12:30pm

Friday Music Series

Georgetown University

Washington, DC

  • November 2, 2023 at 7:30pm

Teachers Concert

VA Music Teachers Association State Conference

Norfolk, VA

  • November 30, 2023 at 7:30pm

*Solo Piano Recital and Masterclass

Masterclass Time TBA

Christopher Newport University

Newport News, VA



  • January 27, 2024 at 3pm

Alma del Core Concert Series

Community High School

Roanoke, VA

  • January 28, 2024 at 4pm

*Mildred McDaniel Concert Series

Reformation Lutheran Church

Newport News, VA

  • Feb 3, 2024, Time TBA

*Solo Recital and Workshop with Composition Students

University of Mary Washington

Fredericksburg, VA

  • April 5, 2024 at 8pm

Bonita Lestina Concert Series

Old Town Hall

Fairfax, VA

  • April 6, 2024 at 6pm

Washington International Piano Series

Ward Recital Hall

Washington, DC

  • May 5, 2024 at 3pm

​​Calvary Community Concert Series

Calvary UMC

Frederick, MD

*These performances are made possible in part by the Virginia Commission for the Arts 

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


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