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FRANCESCO BARFOED

BIOGRAPHY.

PIANIST

PRESS KIT

Currently based in New York City, Francesco Barfoed (b. 1996) is a Danish pianist, born and raised in Copenhagen. A young collaborative and solo artist on the rise, he frequently collaborates with mezzo-soprano Megan Moore, and recently they won 1st prize in the Copenhagen Lied-Duo Competition, 1st prize in the Young Concert Artists International Auditions, 2nd prize at the Naumberg International Vocal CompetitionIn the 21-22 season they toured with their recital, I SEE LIGHT, and performed at the Alys Stephens Center in Birmingham, Alabama, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., and Merkin Hall at Lincoln Center, among others.

In 2022, Francesco was an Opera Coaching Fellow at Aspen Music Festival, participated in Renée Fleming’s SongStudio at Carnegie Hall, co-arranged and performed a two-piano version of Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress at Juilliard and performed alongside New York Festival of Song’s Steven Blier as a Schwab Rising Star at Caramoor.

An avid collaborator with both singers and instrumentalists alike, Francesco is a member of the Wundertrio, a prize-winning piano trio that met at the Manchester Music Festival in Vermont in 2017. Francesco was on the coaching faculty at Saluzzo Opera Academy in Italy in 2021 and has taught 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

Francesco is currently pursuing the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at The Juilliard School, where he also completed a master’s degree as a Kovner Fellow. He also holds degrees from The Royal Danish Academy of Music and Rutgers University, where he won the concerto competition in 2018.

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.