Pianist Damien Francoeur-Krzyzek holds faculty positions at the New England Conservatory (NEC) and the Boston Conservatory. As a member of NEC’s collaborative piano department, he educates young pianists in the art of playing operatic literature and coaching singers. He has served on the music staff at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis since 2008, and can be heard alongside members of the Saint Louis Symphony in the 2014 world premiere recording of Ricky Ian Gordon’s 27, starring Stephanie Blythe and conducted by Michael Christie. An avid linguist, Damien has studied and coached more than a dozen languages, and frequently coaches singers and pianists in Russian and Czech song repertoire for NEC’s Liederabend series.
A passionate devotee of instrumental and vocal chamber music, Damien has performed at the Tanglewood Music Festival with members of the Boston Symphony, and made his German debut alongside saxophonist Kenneth Radnofsky and violinist Elmira Darvarova in a program of David Amram’s chamber music at the Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie in Karlsruhe. He can be heard in collaboration with Radnofsky, trumpeter Seelan Manickam, soprano Margot Rood and composer Heather Gilligan on the 2017 Albany Records release Living in Light.
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