Francesca Lauri

Francesca Lauri recently graduated from the Trinity Laban Conservatoire for Music and Dance with a First-Class Honours degree receiving the TCL Silver Medal for piano studies and winning the David Gosling Prize for Piano Accompaniment. During her time there, she won the duo prize in the Lilian Ashe French Song Competition and the English Song Prize two years in a row. She is currently studying Collaborative Piano with Simon Lepper, Kathron Sturrock and Roger Vignoles at the Royal College of Music and is the recipient of the Ian Evans Lombe Scholarship.

Francesca has performed in venues such as Wigmore Hall, Milton Court, the Fazioli Concert Hall, LSO St. Luke’s and Teatru Manoel in Malta. She recently won the RCM Lieder Competition piano prize and is also the winner of the 2022 Somerset Song Piano Prize and the AESS Dorothy Richardson English Song Piano Prize. In recent years, Francesca has participated in masterclasses with Veronique Gens, Dame Sarah Connolly, Kate Royal, Nikky Spence and Stephan Loges.

From 2011 to 2018, Francesca attended the Purcell School of Music where she studied piano with Andrew Ball and harpsichord with David Gordon. She was the harpsichordist for the Baroque chamber group and performed in their productions of ‘Dido and Aeneas’ and ‘Venus and Adonis’ as well as at the Baroque Music Festival held by Conservatoire Concerts in Godalming where she returns annually to perform. During her final year, Francesca was awarded the school’s Leaver’s prize: the Felsenstein Scholarship.

As well as performing song repertoire, Francesca has repetiteured for various opera companies such as for HCO’s production of ‘Don Pasquale’ last Easter and SPO’s production of ‘Albert Herring’ last summer. She was also assistant conductor for Gothic Opera on their double bill of operas by female composers; ‘Le Loup Garou’ by Louise Bertin and ‘Le Dernier Sorcier’ by Pauline Viardot in October. Francesca recently repetiteured for the RCM Opera Scenes and her projects for 2023 include repetiteuring for Hurn Court’s production of Puccini’s ‘La Boheme’ and the Opera Maker’s concert of ‘Der Wald’ by Ethel Smythe.