Biography

Marie François
Belgian pianist, Marie François, performed in Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Luxemburg, Italy, Ukraine, UK and USA. Among those performances a concert in the Small Hall of the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Queen Elisabeth Hall in Antwerp, during the B-Classic Festival in Belgium, the Piano Festival in Miami, the Schiermonnikoog Festival in The Netherlands and Aurora Music Festival in Sweden. In September 2018 she performed the Grieg piano concerto twice with the state orchestra of Lviv, Ukraine.

Her debut cd, Eclectic/Being me, got released in April 2019 with the Dutch label, Challenge Records International. Two weeks later the cd got chosen among the 10 best classical music albums released that month on Apple Music worldwide. Together with artists such as Boris Giltburg and Renaud Capucon.

François started to play the piano at the age of five. She finished her Bachelor degree, Summa Cum Laude, with Prof. Joop Celis at the Conservatory of Maastricht in 2015. In 2017 she finished her masters degree in Belgium with Prof. Alan Weiss. In 2018 she graduated as a postgraduate student with Polina Leschenko. Currently she is perfecting her playing at the class of Prof. Eliso Virsaladze in the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole in Italy.

François took part in masterclasses from Elisabeth Leonskaja, Jan Wijn, Pavel Gililov, Alexander Melnikov, Yoheved Kaplinsky, Anton Nell, Alexander Moutouzkine, Peter Donohoe… She also took part in the Academia Chigiana in Siena for three years where she had lessons with Lilya Zilberstein.

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‘A highly distinctive way of playing: emotional and intuitive’

Challenge Records