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Francesca Hurst (NC '01)

Mar 05, 2021

Newcomb Alumna Francesca Hurst is an internationally-recognized pianist.

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. 

She has performed nationally at such venues as the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and internationally in Portugal, Bulgaria, and Italy, and has also appeared as a solo and collaborative guest artist at many new music festivals. 

During the pandemic, Hurst created the online series Daily Dose of Piano, where she recorded and shared a different piano piece each day for 100 days. The series featured music from the Baroque to today, including 14 premieres, some written during the pandemic.

Hurst teaches piano at Catholic University and recently became an MTNA Nationally Certified Teacher of Music. She holds a DMA and MM in Piano Performance from The Catholic University of America, as well as a BFA in Piano and a BA in Italian from Newcomb College of Tulane University.