“Francis has an extensive background in classical music, which gives him good facility at the keyboard.” — DON FRIEDMAN
With a profound background in classical music, Taiwanese jazz pianist and composer Francis Hon will bring his original compositions and arrangements along with the brilliant musicians in New York jazz scene to explore this ever-expanding musical vibrancy.
Francis Hon – Piano
David Ullmann – Guitar
Tim Norton – Bass
Daisuke Konno – Drums
Born in Taipei, Taiwan, Francis Hon 洪維浩 began playing classical piano at the age of six. In addition to classical music, he was also influenced by many other musical genres. In 2011, Francis came to United States to pursue a doctorate in piano performance at the University of Texas at Austin, where he studied with Gregory Allen, the Grand Prize winner of the 1980 Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Competition.
While in Austin, “the live music capital of the world,” Francis ignited his passion for jazz music. He studied jazz piano with Jeff Hellmer and had the opportunity to play with many musicians on the Austin jazz scene. In addition, he worked as the assistant artistic director/lead pianist for “Life in the City” in Austin, a weekly concert project with singers from various music genres including pop, soul, R&B, rock, and musicals.
Standing at the crossroads of two distinct musical worlds, this unique experience was an inspiration for Francis’ musical journey. In his last year at UT Austin, Francis embarked on a research project of Nikolai Kapustin’s solo piano music, which bridges the worlds of classical and jazz by combining classical form with the musical elements of the jazz idiom.
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