Maestro Pianist Giacomo Franci is the Artistic Director and the Conductor of The New York Chamber Players, an organization he founded in 2004. From the Season 2010-11 he has been elected Guest Maestro of Escuela de Direccion de Orquesta in Cordoba, Spain. He is also Associate Conductor of The Richmond County Orchestra. Giacomo Franci is world renowned as the leading interpreter of the music of Aaron Copland. He has earned this highly coveted position since his world premiere recording "The Complete Edited Piano Works by A. Copland," a triple CD released on Fone' Classics. Franci performed at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center for the centennial of Copland's birthday in February, 2000 receiving rave reviews for his performance.
In 1998 Franci debuted at Carnegie Recital Hall and the Italian Music Magazine "Musica" reviewer compared him to Glenn Gould and Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli. Mr. Franci hails from Tuscany, Italy and now resides in New York City with his wife jazz singer Dori Levine. Together they have created Tribeca Music Studio, a teaching studio for aspiring pianists and singers.
Franci started his Concert Career in Italy with appearances in Teatro Comunale "Guglielmi", Teatro San Filippo di Torino, Circolo della Musica di Bologna, and Teatro Comunale di Ferrara. When Franci is not performing live as a featured pianist/soloist he devotes his time conducting his new orchestra. He is very excited about the recent attention they are receiving. The Chamber Orchestra had their debut at CAMI Concert Hall in New York City on May 2004 performing the Bach Piano Concerto in D minor and they have been in growing demand ever since.
Franci who is constantly looking to interpret new works, studied with Gaetano Gaeta and Giampiero Semeraro to get his Bachelor's Degree in Piano from the Boccherini Music Institute in Lucca. He was awarded his Master's Scholarship from the Scuola di Alto Perfezionamento Musicale in Saluzzo studying with Jean Fassinat and Aldo Ciccolini. He also studied conducting with Piero Bellugi and Gustav Kuhn at Teatro Comunale di Pisa.
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