Collaborative pianist Damien Francoeur-Krzyzek joined the faculty of New England Conservatory in 2007. A passionate devotee of instrumental and vocal chamber music, he has made frequent appearances on the Jordan Hall stage with faculty colleagues, students and alumni from the string, woodwind and voice departments. In 2014 he joined oboist John Ferrillo and bassoonist Richard Svoboda in the premiere of Andrew List’s Journey Toward the Eternal Flame as part of the Boston Woodwind Society’s Double Reed Day at NEC, and rejoined these same colleagues for a performance of the Poulenc Trio at the Tanglewood Music Festival in the summer of 2015. Damien 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.
Also an active contributor to the field of opera, Damien brings a wealth of experience as a classically trained vocalist, and has prepared professional singers for roles at international opera houses. 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 is frequently sought out for his expertise in Slavic song and operatic repertoire.
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