A concert of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven
Born in Florence, Francesca Orlando is a British-Italian pianist who has performed internationally both as soloist, accompanist and chamber musician across many European cities including London, Copenhagen, Budapest, Malta, Florence and Rome. Since her debut recital in Florence, at the age of fourteen, she has performed extensively in acclaimed concert venues such as the Wigmore Hall, St James’ Piccadilly, the Royal Academy of Arts, London, St George’s Hall Bristol and as soloist with Exeter University Symphony Orchestra, Bristol Symphony Orchestra and ‘Orchestra Filharmonica Mediterranea’. She has been performed in numerous music festivals across England including Petworth Music Festival, Bloomsbury Festival, Farley Festival and Dartington International Summer School as duo partner with renowned pianist Steven Osborne.
Francesca was awarded an Open-Academy Fellowship at the Royal Academy of Music, where she completed her undergraduate and postgraduate studies in solo piano performance under the tutelage of Prof. Joanna MacGregor and Diana Ketler respectively. She has studied with Nicholas Walker and is currently under the tutelage of Prof Lilya Zilberstein at MdW, Vienna and Elisso Virsaladze at “Scuola di Musica di Fiesole”.
Featuring high in numerous competitions, in 2021 Francesca received first prize in ‘Premio Crescendo’, Florence, and 'Concorso Internazionale "Citta di Massa". During her studies she was awarded highly commended, in the Lilian Davies Beethoven Sonata prize alongside the Edna Bralesford prize, William Northam Prize and Mozart Concerto Prize in 2017 at the Royal Academy of Music. Francesca has also a strong love for song accompaniment, receiving masterclasses from Richard Stokes, Joseph Middleton, Michael Dussek and Ian Ledingham. She is currently teaching as Italian vocal coach at the Royal Academy of Music and in April 2022 will accompany baritone Charles Cunliffe in the semi-finals of the at highly-acclaimed singing competition, ‘The Kathleen Ferrier awards’ in Wigmore Hall, London.