Egyptian-American pianist Wael Farouk has performed internationally in such venues as the White Hall in St. Petersburg, Schumann’s house in Leipzig, and Carnegie Hall in New York, where his solo debut in 2013 was described as “absolutely masterful.”
Praised as a “formidable and magnificent pianist” by the New York Concert Review, Dr. Farouk is known for his groundbreaking performance projects. In the spring of 2021, he gave a performance of Rachmaninoff’s concerti Nos. 1, 2, and 3 in a single evening with the New Philharmonic Orchestra, which the Chicago Tribune music critic described as a “history-making concert.”
Dr. Farouk commands a vast repertoire of more than 70 concertos and 60 solo programs, spanning from Scarlatti to Bolcom and including the complete piano works of J.S. Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, and Rachmaninoff as well as the complete sonatas of Prokofiev, Scriabin, and Schubert. He has appeared as a soloist with such orchestras as the North Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, the Saint-Etienne National Orchestra, the Academy of the Arts Orchestra, the Manhattan Symphony, and the Cairo Symphony Orchestra, led by Christoph Mueller, Steven Lloyd, Patrick Fournilier, and Philippe Entremont, among others.
Dr. Farouk received his Bachelor of Music degree at the Cairo Conservatory and then came to the United States on a Fulbright Fellowship to study with Marilyn Neeley at the Catholic University of America. After receiving a Master of Music degree from Converse College as a student of Douglas Weeks, he continued his studies at the Manhattan School of Music and the Chicago College of Performing Arts, then earned a DMA degree from Rutgers University. Dr. Farouk currently serves on the piano faculty at the Manhattan School of Music in New York, and the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University in Chicago.
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