The evening features Italian-Egyptian pianist Francesca Khalifa, winner of the Ferrara International Piano Festival in 2014, for an evening dedicated to German Diez Nieto and others. A short film presentation " Piano Lessons: The Life and Art of German Diez" will be shown before a piano recital featuring the music of German's brother, Cuban composer Alfredo Diez Neito (Havana, 1918-2000).
About Francesca Khalifa:
Highlights of recent seasons include concerts as soloist with the Cairo Symphony Orchestra in Egypt, the Orchestra Filarmonica Pozzoli in Seregno, a solo performance at Steinway Hall New York City, chamber music concerts with musicians of La Verdi Symphony Orchestra in New York, and solo recitals in China (Harbin Concert Hall) and New York (St. John’s in the Village, Weiler Recital Hall). As a soloist, Francesca had collaborated previously with the Guido d’ Arezzo Symphony Orchestra, the Oosterkerk Festival Chamber Orchestra and the MET Opera Orchestra string quartet in the realization of Mozart piano concertos (K 414-415).
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, Pino Torinese Master Class in Italy and the E. Said Conservatory in Jerusalem.
Francesca was the 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.
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 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.
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. Her research on German Diez is at the base of a documentary that is currently in the production phase.