The Italian- Egyptian pianist Francesca Khalifa was the winner of the Ferrara International Piano Festival in 2014, awarded by renown pianist and musicologist Paul Badura–Skoda. She resulted also top prize winner in the Schio International Piano Competition Alink-Argerich Foundation (Finalist and third place), the Premio Loreto Lancia International Piano Competition (Winner), the N. van Westerhout International Piano Competition (Winner).
Active soloist and chamber musician, her recent performances include solo recitals and chamber music concerts both in Europe ( Claudio Abbado Theatre in Ferrara, Piccolo Coccia Theatre in Novara, Eglise de Saint Merry in Paris, Kapelzaal in Leiden, De Tobbe Theatre in Rotterdam) and in the United States (Saklad Auditorium and Greenfield Hall in New York, Renee Weiler Concert hall in New York, Spectrum NYC, Concert Hall and Barness Recital Hall in Tampa, Art Gallery and Rehearsal Hall at the University of Central Florida).
The Italian pianist has been a guest artist for master classes and lectures at the School of Performing Arts of Virginia Tech University, the University of Central Florida School of Music in Orlando and the E. Said Conservatory in Jerusalem.
She served as a juror for NYSSMA piano competition in New York City and for the Music Symposium piano competition of the Music Schools in Florida.
As soloist, Francesca had collaborated with the Guido d’Arezzo Symphonic Orchestra (Italy) performing Mozart Piano Concerto K414 and Schumann Piano Concerto, the Oosterkerk Festival Chamber Orchestra (The Netherlands) with Shostakovich Piano Concerto No.1 and recently with a string quartet of the MET Opera Orchestra in the realization of Mozart piano concertos in the original string quartet adaptation (New York City).
Great supporter of musical education, the pianist is currently on Faculty at the Greenwich House School of Music in New York City and had previously served as Adjunct Professor at NYU Steinhardt and Piano and Ensemble Assistant Professor at the USF School of Music in Tampa.
She also is the founder and the Artistic Director of the community classical concerts series Classical Thursdays at the Brooklyn Center for the Arts.
Francesca Khalifa is a graduate of Conservatorio G. Cantelli in Novara and holds a Master degree from the University of the Arts in Utrecht.
Further studies include chamber music with the Altenberg Trio at the Konservatorium Wien and a post graduate Degree at NYU Steinhardt.
Her mentors are the Cuban pianist and pedagogue German Diez (1924-2014) and pianist Ena Bronstein-Barton, both former pupil of Claudio Arrau.