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Francine Kay

Francine Kay

Francine Kay, noted for interpretations “compelling in their individuality” (Ottawa Citizen) is widely recognized as a pianist with a unique artistic voice. She has appeared as soloist with orchestras across Canada. As a recitalist and chamber musician, she has performed throughout Canada, the United States and Europe, in cities such as London, New York, Paris and Nice, and in concert halls such as the Salle Gaveau and Carnegie Hall. She is also featured regularly on CBC Radio and on many other international radio and television broadcasts. Her recent debut recording of the complete set of Debussy Preludes was nominated for a Juno Award in 1996, winning unanimous critical acclaim and a ranking with the most important recordings of this work to date. When she made her debut at the St. Lawrence Centre in Toronto, the Toronto Star headline read “Francine Kay played with poetic brilliance”. Her debut performance with the Toronto Symphony was in 1988. In 1989, she became the first winner of the “Career Development Award” presented by the Women’s Musical Club of Toronto. That same year, she gave the world premiere performance of distinguished Canadian composer Oscar Morawetz’s Four Contrasting Moods. Francine Kay received her early musical training in Montreal, where she studied with Yvonne Hubert. She obtained her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees on scholarship at the Juilliard School, where she studies with Adele Marcus. Ms. Kay then pursued her studies with Marek Jablonski and Leon Fleisher. As a participant at the Banff School of Fine Arts, she was frequently featured soloist. She also received the Artist’s Diploma from the Royal Conservatory of Music and a full fellowship from Tanglewood Music Centre. Francine Kay is on the faculty of the Royal Conservatory of Music of Toronto and Wilfrid Laurier University.

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