Nordic Country represented: Denmark

Institution: The Royal Danish Academy of Music, Copenhagen

Name of present teacher: Søren Rastogi


Beethoven: Waldstein Sonata, 1st movement 

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N. Kapustin: Concert Etude op. 40 no. 3, “Toccatina” 

Francesco Barfoed

Round 1

J. S. Bach: Prelude and Fugue in D-minor, WTC Book 1

L. van Beethoven: Sonata op. 53, 1st movement 
N. Kapustin: Concert Etude op. 40 no. 3, “Toccatina” 

Round 2

L. van Beethoven: Sonata op. 53, 2nd and 3rd movement

F. Liszt: Ballade no. 2 
N. Kapustin: Sonata no. 6, 1st movement 

Round 3

L. van Beethoven: Piano Concerto no. 1 in C major, op. 15

Competition Repertoire​

Francesco Barfoed, born in 1996 in Copenhagen, Denmark, has studied the piano since the age of 10. Growing up just north of Copenhagen, he first attended the music school Rudersdal Musikskole with Anette Præst Nielsen before studying with Tove Lønskov at MGK at Sankt Annæ Gymnasium. He has been studying at The Royal Danish Academy of Music with assistant professor Søren Rastogi since the fall of 2015.

Francesco has always been a very active chamber musician, accompanist as well as soloist. After becoming a prize-winner at the national Steinway Festival in 2014, he decided to pursue his dreams of becoming a professional musician and applied to The Royal Danish Academy of Music, during which time he also engaged himself in a duo with the Danish clarinetist Jonas Frølund, with whom he has performed domestically, internationally as well as live on the national radio in Denmark. His repertoire consists of many large works, as for example Rachmaninoff’s 1st piano concerto, Beethoven’s Waldstein sonata (which he plans to perform during the competition), both Brahms sonatas for clarinet and piano among many others. In the summer of 2015 he attended the Vienna Concertofest and performed in Stift Altenburg with his clarinet trio, Trio Petreni, shortly after having worked as a répétiteur with Polyhymnia, an operetta company based in Copenhagen.

Francesco wishes to continue his studies abroad – more specifically in the Unites States – and has received lessons and masterclasses with many honored professors, such as Robert Lehrbaumer, Min Kwon, Eugen Indjic, James Giles, Daniel Epstein, Vladimir Valjarevic, Philip Kawin, Pavlina Dokovska and Matti Raekallio.

Apart from the piano, Francesco has a passion for piloting airplanes.