"an ideal performance played from the heart" - Fono Forum Germany
"Everything is interpreted, in the best sense of the word. Respect for the text
mixes with an artistic character that grasps it deeply" - La Scena Musicale
Her performances described as "Sonic Magic" (Repertoire, France), Canadian pianist Francine Kay has been featured soloist with many North American Orchestras, including the Princeton Symphony, the Toronto Symphony, New York's West Side Chamber Orchestra; Solo performances and chamber music at Salle Gaveau in Paris, New York's Weill Hall, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Trinity Church, Steinway Hall; The Phillips Collection, The Dame Myra Hess Concerts, The Saratoga Chamber Music Festival, The Banff Summer Festival, The Newport Festival, The National Arts Centre, The Icicle Creek International Chamber Music Festival, Music Mountain; has made critically acclaimed recordings of solo works by Debussy, Ravel and Satie, chamber music by Rachmaninoff and Janacek with cellist Elizabeth Dolin on the Analekta label and a live recording of premiere by Canadian composer Oskar Morawetz on CBC Records; winner of the New York Pro Piano Competition.
Collaborations include The Avalon String Quartet, The Penderecki String Quartet, The Wister Quartet. Graduate of The Juilliard School, Master of Music and SUNY Stony Brook, Doctor of Musical Arts.
Francine Kay is on the performance faculty at Princeton University where she performs as part of The Composers Ensemble and The Richardson Chamber Players. She was recently the soloist in Mozart's Concerto K.466 at the New York West Side Chamber Orchestra Inaugural Concert with conductor Kevin Mallon, and she was also the soloist in Mozart's Concerto K.271 at Lincoln Center with the Norwalk Youth Symphony and conductor Jonathan Yates.
"Rare is the pianist nowadays who can play Debussy with such richness of sonority, such refinement in the variety of attacks, such a sense of architecture. The result is prodigious, incomparably luxuriant in sound, bold and effortless. All we can do is wait with bated breath for more from this innately original artist"
- Repertoire, France
"Piano playing is magical...Kay's interpretations are highly individual, compelling...something to celebrate"
- Ottawa Citizen
"Francine Kay played with poetic brilliance"
- Toronto Star