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Biography

“Wael Farouk is, without a doubt, a formidable and magnificent pianist….of the most interesting and individualistic I have heard in a long time.”— Harris Goldsmith, New York Concert Review, Vol. 15 No. 2, review of Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No. 3 with the Manhattan Symphony and conductor Phillippe Entremont on Feb. 24, 2008


“His technical virtuosity and expression are unequaled.”—Olivier Larcarde, La Tribune Le Progrès: Le journal de Saint-Etienne, Feb. 9, 2002


“A wonderful musician, and a dazzling pianist: David Dubal The author of the Art of the Piano


At the age of 28, Egyptian pianist Wael Farouk has already had an extensive performing career. He has appeared as a soloist with the North Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, the Saint-Etienne National Orchestra, the Academy of the Arts Orchestra, the Manhattan Symphony, and the Cairo Symphony Orchestra for more than 20 concertos, including the Egyptian premiere of Rachmaninoff Concerto No. 3. Brahms Piano Concerto No 2, and Prokofiev Piano Concertos No 1, 2, and 3.


Wael Farouk has performed with numerous conductors, including Christoph Muller, Steven Lloyd, Patrick Fournilier, and Phillippe Entremont. He has toured England, Russia, Italy, France, Spain, Hungary, Germany, and Japan, including venues such as the White Hall in St. Petersburg, the Kurt Masur Hall at the Johann Sebastian Bach Music School in Leipzig, and Schumann’s house.


Wael Farouk began his studies at age seven in the Cairo Conservatory, receiving soon thereafter a Special Award from the First Lady of Egypt, Susan Mubarak, for his talent and potential. Following his studies and tours abroad, he was also honored by the Egyptian President, Hosni Mubarak, as the youngest Egyptian artist to have represented Egypt internationally.


Wael Farouk was highly praised during master classes with pianists such as György Sándor, Nikolai Petrov, and Abbey Simon.


Since 2001, Wael Farouk has studied on seven full scholarships in the United States at the Brevard Music Center, the Catholic University of America (on a Fulbright Fellowship) with Marilyn Neeley, Converse College (Masters of Music) with Doug Weeks, and Manhattan School of Music, where he was the recipient of the Elva van Gelder Memorial Scholarship (for receiving the highest audition scores of the 300 pianists who auditioned from all over the world) and from where he graduated in 2007 with a Professional Diploma in the class of Solomon Mikowsky. In 2009 Mr. Farouk earned the Artist Diploma Degree from Chicago School of Performing Arts as a student of Dr. Mikowsky.


In 2010, Wael Farouk will honor the 200th anniversary of Chopin’s birth, performing the composer’s complete solo piano works in a series of eight recital programs in the United States and Europe.

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