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Recognized for her “quicksilver passagework” and “tender lyricism” (The Washington Post), yet not afraid to shout, swing her foot onto the piano or don fingerless gloves if the music demands it, pianist Francesca Hurst divides her playing evenly between classical and contemporary music. Classically trained, Francesca accidentally fell into the new music scene in 2013 when she stepped in last minute for a gig with Great Noise Ensemble. At ease with a wide repertoire ranging from Bach to JacobTV, she makes sense of the music regardless of style and period. Francesca has been a solo and collaborative guest artist at many new music festivals, and has performed in venues like the Kennedy Center and the National Gallery of Art. She holds a DMA in piano performance, is on the piano faculty at Catholic University and runs a thriving private studio. Francesca has served as the pianist for FCC since 2006. 

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