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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. Highlights of recent seasons include concerts as soloist with the Cairo Symphony Orchestra in Egypt, the Orchestra Filarmonica Pozzoli in Seregno, the Amadues Orchestra in New York City, chamber music concerts with Orchestra Sinfonica Junior La Verdi in New York City, solo appearances at Steinway Hall New York City, Harbin Concert Hall (China) and Oficina del Historiador (Cuba).
As soloist, Khalifa had also collaborated with the Guido d’Arezzo Symphony Orchestra (Italy), the Oosterkerk Festival Chamber Orchestra (The Netherlands) and with the MET Opera Orchestra string quartet in the realization of Mozart piano concertos (New York City). The Italian pianist has been a guest artist for master classes and lectures at Pino Torinese Master Classes (IT), the School of Performing Arts of Virginia Tech University, the University of Central Florida School of Music in Orlando, the E. Said Conservatory in Jerusalem.
She had also served as Adjunct Instructor at NYU Steinhardt and as Piano Faculty at the Greenwich House Music School (New York City), as well as Teaching Assistant at USF Tampa, where she also received the President’s Trio Fellowship for piano trio.
Khalifa is the founder and Artistic Director of the Beethoven Fest New York City (a project which received fiscal sponsorship from the New York Foundation for the Arts), and is also co-founder and Artistic Director of EXTENSITY Concert Series, a newly launched series (2020) which aims to contribute to the dialogue on inclusion and equity in classical music and that has already received important press attention (wwfm, NPR, Radio KAWL hosted by Sarah Cahill).
Khalifa is a recipient of the City Artist Corps Grant 2021 and resulted top prize winner in the Schio International Piano Competition Alink-Argerich Foundation, the Premio Loreto Lancia International Piano Competition, the N. van Westerhout International Piano Competition.

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