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Giacomo Franci (Piano)

Born: Tuscany, Italy

The Italian pianist, Giacomo Franci, studied with Gaetano Gaeta and Giampiero Semeraro to get his Bachelor's Degree in Piano from the Boccherini Music Institute in Lucca. He was awarded his Master's Scholarship from the Scuola di Alto Perfezionamento Musicale in Saluzzo studying with Jean Fassinat and Aldo Ciccolini. He also studied conducting with Piero Bellugi and Gustav Kuhn at Teatro Comunale di Pisa.

Giacomo Franci started his Concert Career in Italy with appearances in Teatro Comunale "Guglielmi", Teatro San Filippo di Torino, Circolo della Musica di Bologna, and Teatro Comunale di Ferrara. In 1998 he debuted at Carnegie Recital Hall and the Italian Music Magazine Musica reviewer compared him to Glenn Gould and Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli. Over the last few seasons He has been a featured soloist for engagements throughout the USA, Italy, England, Finland, France, Turkey and China. He is a returning soloist with the ISO Symphony, Turkey State Symphony, Richmond County Orchestra, New York Chamber Players, Orchestra da Camera Fiorentina, Bacau Philharmonic Orchestra, Ensemble Orchestral de Bordeaux and The Beijing Symphony Orchestra where he has been featured as Soloist/Conductor.

Giacomo Franci is world renowned as the leading interpreter of the music of Aaron Copland. He has earned this highly coveted position since his world premiere recording "The Complete Edited Piano Works by A. Copland," a triple CD released on Fone' Classics. Franci performed at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center for the centennial of Copland's birthday in February, 2000 receiving rave reviews for his performance. Franci is constantly looking to interpret new works.

Giacomo Franci is the Artistic Director and the Conductor of The New York Chamber Players, an organization he founded in 2004. From the Season 2010-11 he has been elected Guest Maestro of Escuela de Direccion de Orquesta in Cordoba, Spain. He is also Associate Conductor of The Richmond County Orchestra. When Franci is not performing live as a featured pianist/soloist he devotes his time conducting his new orchestra. He is very excited about the recent attention they are receiving. The Chamber Orchestra had their debut at CAMI Concert Hall in New York City on May 2004 performing the Bach Piano Concerto in D minor and they have been in growing demand ever since.

Giacomo Franci has appeared on Radio and Television shows such as New York One, ABC, WPIX, Manhattan Cable, Hofstra University Radio, Blusat Radio 2000 (an hour long interview to an audience of over 2 million people) and Antenna 3. In 2008 He has been elected into Cambridge Who's Who among the most accomplished professionals in USA Future plans include his recording of "The Complete Published Piano Works by Igor Stravinsky" - World Premiere. The double CD was released in January 2011 (Fonè).

Franci hails from Tuscany, Italy and now resides in New York City with his wife jazz singer Dori Levine. Together they have created Tribeca Music Studio, a teaching studio for aspiring pianists and singers.

"Real rising star of the international pianism" - Toscana Oggi
"The pianist handles the difficult texture with ease (W.Bolcom Music)" - Society News Magazine
"Franci breathes life in Bach with a wealth of vitality and elan." - Fono Forum (German Music Magazine)

Source: Giacomo Franci Website
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (February 2011)

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