Francesco Barfoed (b. 1996) is a Danish pianist, born and raised in Copenhagen. A young collaborative and solo artist on the rise, he is currently pursuing his master’s degree at The Juilliard School where he is a proud recipient of the Kovner Fellowship.
Francesco frequently collaborates with mezzo-soprano Megan Moore, and in the past year they won 1st prize in the Copenhagen Lied-Duo Competition 2021, 1st prize in the Young Concert Artists International Auditions, 2nd prize at the Naumberg International Vocal Competition, performed at Lincoln Center’s renowned Alice Tully Hall, and performed in masterclasses for artists like Renée Fleming and Malcolm Martineau.
An avid collaborator with both singers and instrumentalists alike, Francesco was awarded the prestigious Stern Fellowship for the 2020 SongFest in Los Angeles. He is also a member of the Wundertrio, a prize-winning piano trio that met at the Manchester Music Festival in Vermont in 2017. Francesco is on the coaching faculty at Saluzzo Opera Academy in Italy and teaches sight-reading for pianists at Juilliard.
In his already extensive career, Francesco has performed Rachmaninoff’s 1st Piano Concerto, as well as on the national Danish Radio (DR P2), in Italy and in Austria, and at various chamber music festivals across Denmark, including the Hindsgavl Festival.
Having won numerous awards, scholarships and grants, Francesco has completed two bachelor’s degrees, one at The Royal Danish Academy of Music and one at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, where he won the chamber music and concerto competitions.
Francesco is a passionate promoter of cultural exchange between Denmark and the United States. His studies in the U.S. have been supported by several prizes and scholarships from organizations like Denmark-America Foundation, Bikuben Foundation, and perhaps most notably the Victor Borge Scholarship, which is awarded to just one musician from Scandinavia each year.
Francesco holds Italian citizenship, and aside from being fluent in Danish, Italian, and English, he is conversant in German and French.