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  • Writer's pictureJoe Gehrke

Francis Atkins: Soloist for Russian Masterpieces, Caloundra

Francis Atkins is a young, aspiring Australian pianist. A fiery and passionate performer, Francis has performed in several music hotspots around Australia, including the Sydney Opera House, the Queensland Performing Arts Centre, and is a regular at the Bangalow Music Festival.

He is currently a candidate for a Master of Music at Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, and working with his tutor – Natasha Vlassenko – he has grown a deep passion for performing.

Francis maintains a growing career as a pianist and enjoys performing alongside Australia’s premier musicians, as well as with community choirs and chamber ensembles. In recent years, Francis has appeared as soloist with the Ipswich City Symphony Orchestra and the Queensland Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra. He was a recent recipient of an Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Society scholarship, named as a 2020 ‘young musician of the year’.

In 2021, Francis prepares for a series of chamber recitals with the Brisbane Music Festival, where he was invited to play as a young artist. He will also audition to compete in the Lev Vlassenko piano competition and festival; one of Australia’s most prestigious piano awards.

In his spare time, Francis enjoys watching nature documentaries and irreverent comedies, learning the music of Rachmaninoff and Debussy, cooking, and practising piano at midnight; much to the disdain of his neighbours and flatmate.

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