Francine Kay, piano
Pianist Francine Kay has performed throughout the United States and Canada, as well as in Europe and Asia. Ms. Kay made her New York recital debut at Weill Hall, the Carnegie Recital Hall, under the auspices of Pro Piano as their Recitalist of the Year 2000, and winner of the Pro Piano Competition. She has also appeared in solo recital and chamber music at such places as The Phillips Collection, The Montreal International Festival, The Dame Myra Hess Concerts, The Newport Festival, The Banff Centre, The Staller Center, The National Arts Center, Trinity Church, The Glenn Gould Studio, Ambassador Auditorium, Salle Gaveau, Music Mountain, Richardson Auditorium at Princeton University, among many others; and she has been soloist with orchestras such as the New York West Side Chamber Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony, the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, the Princeton Symphony, the Victoria Symphony, Orchestra London, the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Toronto Sinfonia, Symphony Nova Scotia, the Lake Placid Sinfonietta, the Calgary Philharmonic; under such conductors as Simon Streatfeild, Agnes Grossman, Nurhan Arman, Mark Laycock, Georg Tintner, Kevin Mallon, Arpad Joo, Roberto Montenegro, Ermanno Florio, Jonathan Yates.Francine Kay's performances have been broadcast on NPR, the BBC, Radio France, WFMT, and the CBC.
Ms. Kay has been a regular guest at the Saratoga Chamber Music Festival, where she played with the Wister Quartet, and at the Icicle Creek International Chamber Music Festival where she performed with the Avalon Quartet. Francine Kay has also played chamber music with such musicians as the Penderecki String Quartet, the Amadeus Ensemble.
Francine Kay has made critically acclaimed recordings of solo works by Debussy, Ravel and Satie, and chamber music by Rachmaninoff and Janacek with cellistElizabeth Dolin, for the Analekta label. Her recording of the Debussy Preludes was nominated for a Juno Award in Canada, and chosen as 'Star of the Month' by the
publication Fonoforum in Germany. She also gave the premiere of Canadian composer Oskar Morawetz's Four Contrasting Moods, which became a live recording for Ovation.
A graduate of the Juilliard school where she obtained her Bachelors and Masters of Music degrees on scholarship in the class of Adele Marcus, Ms. Kay received the Artist Diploma from the Royal Conservatory of Music where she was frequently presented in recital. She was a Fellow at the Tanglewood Institute where she performed chamber music and participated in ensembles under the direction of Oliver Knussen. Ms. Kay completed her Doctor of Musical Arts at SUNY Stony Brook studying with Gilbert Kalish. Leon Fleisher, Gilbert Kalish and Marek Jablonski were Francine Kay's musical mentors. She also participated in the masterclasses of Gyorgy Sebok, John Perry, Menahem Pressler and Anton Kuerti at the Banff Centre, and Yvonne Lefebure, at the Juillet Musical in Paris. Currently, Francine Kayis on the performance faculty at Princeton University, where she performs as part of the Composers Ensemble and the Richardson Chamber Players.