Francesca Orlando was born in Florence in 1995 and moved, with her family, to England at the age of one. She started playing the piano at the age of 7 and pursued formal studies under the guidance of Catherine Miller in Bristol. In September 2014 she began her undergraduate degree studies at the Royal Academy of Music, under the tutelage of Joanna MacGregor.Francesca gave her debut recital in Florence at the age of 14 and since then has enjoyed performing extensively in many concerts across England and European cities includie world, including that of the ‘Premio Crescendo’ in Florence and ‘Concorso Pianistico Internazionale Marco Fortini’, Bologna. Amongst these she was awarded highly commended, in the Lilian Davies Beethoven Sonata prize alongside the Edna Bralesford Prize and Mozart Concerto Prize in 2017 at the Royal Academy of Music.
Francesca has also performed extensively in a number of master classes with highly acclaimed pianists such as Kathy Stott, Martino Tirimo and Imogen Cooper as well as participating in many prestigious summer courses including the Academia Chigiana in Siena with Prof Lilya Zilberstein. In July 2016 she performed both in Petworth music Festival and Dartington international summer school, where she performed four hands with distinguished pianist Steven Osborne.
In addition to her solo performances she enjoys playing both as a chamber musician and accompanist. In Spring 2015 she formed the Orlando Trio with Laura Davies (flute) and Leah Leong (cello); since then the group has performed in various concerts in Bristol, London and Florence. Francesca also founded a voluntary organisation called “Musica Vitae” whose aim is to provide young musicians with performing opportunities by organising concerts in aid of charity.
Francesca will play music from Bach, Mozart, Chopin and Ravel.
Born in Florence, Francesca Orlando is a British-Italian pianist who has performed internationally both as a soloist 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 performed in numerous music festivals across England including Petworth Music Festival, Bloomsbury Festival, Farley Festival and Dartington International Summer School where she played as duo partner with renowned pianist Steven Osborne.
Featuring high in numerous competitions, in 2021 Francesca received first prize in ‘Premio Crescendo’, Florence and Concorso Internazionale “Cittá di Massa”.
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. During her undergradutate studies she was a recipient of the Miriam Duncan Scholarship. She currently studies with Nicholas Walker and has been a pupil of Prof Lilya Zilberstein at “Accademia Musicale Chigiana” and Elisso Virsaladze at “Scuola di Musica di Fiesole”. She has performed in numerous masterclasses with renowned pianists such as Imogen Cooper, Pascal Devoyon, Martino Tirimo, Ian Fountain, Stephen Hough and Steven Osborne.
Francesca is a passionate advocate for quality music education and in making classical music more accessible within the community. Francesca founded a voluntary organization called ‘Musica Vitae’ whose aim is to provide young musicians with performing opportunities by organising concerts in aid of charity. Through her Fellowship she worked on various musical outreach projects ranging from participants living with dementia to children with SEN in collaboration with arts organisations such as Wigmore Hall, Oxford Lieder Festival and Spitalfields Music.
Tickets will be available from Wiltshire Creative – Salisbury Playhouse 25 May 21 – £15.
This concert is generously sponsored by Quilter Cheviot Investment Management