Francesco Cera, harpsichordist, organist and conductor, is regarded as one of Italy’s leading early music specialist, internationally recognized for his performances of 17th and 18th century keyboard music, as well as conductor of Italian vocal repertoire.

Questo ricco repertorio ci è fornito dal clavicembalista e organista Francesco Cera, abilissimo nel dipanare gli orditi complessi: efficaci le sospensioni, la cura raffinata nella condotta agogica, sempre varia.[Storace: Selva di varie composizioni. Tactus]
Claudio Bolzan. Musica, Dicembre 2018

Francesco Cera è oggi uno dei più validi e talentosi clavicembalisti e organisti.
Nicoletta Sguben – Amadeus gennaio 2006

Francesco Cera is one of Italy’s most prominent keyboard players. His playing is superb. He has a good feeling for the refinement and elegance of d’Anglebert’s music.
Music Web International april 2016 – Recording of the month

He gets under the skin of the music with great perception. He identifies strongly with the historical Italian organ.
Anne Bond – Choir and Organ

Francesco Cera is one example of a virtuoso musician with an extensive cultural training. His performance is clean and passionate.
Dinko Fabris – Goldberg february 2000 

 

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UPCOMING RECORDINGS FOR LABEL BRILLIANT CLASSICS

June 2018

Francisco Correa de Arauxo. Organ music
Francesco Cera plays the Renaissance organ in Garrovillas de Alconétar

July 2018

Sigismondo D’India. Musiche a una e due voci
Ensemble Arte Musica. Francesco Cera
Lucia Napoli and Damiana Pinti soprano. Andrés Montilla-Acurero and Riccardo Pisani tenor. Francesco Tomasi theorbo and guitar. Silvia de Maria viola da gamba and lirone. Francesco cera harpsichord

 

CD production D’India in Laureana Cilento

 

CD production Correa in Garovillas (Spain)

Concerts

2018

 

January 7, 5.30 p.m.
Commessaggio (Mantova) – Chiesa di S. Albino Vescovo
Francesco Cera plays the Lingiardi 1840 organ
works by Bach, Clerambault, Martini, Morandi, Gherardeschi

March 21, 6 p.m.
Bologna – Museo collezione Tagliavini
Francesco Cera and Liuwe Tamminga harpsichords
works by J.S. Bach

March 29
Koeln (Germany) – Philarmonie
Ensemble Arte Musica
Damiana Pinti and Lucia Napoli soprano, Andrés Montilla-Acurero altus, Alberto Allegrezza and Riccardo Pisani tenor, Marcello Vargetto bass
Francesco Cera conductor
Gesualdo Tenebrae Responsoria

April 4
Matera – Chiesa di San Giovanni Battista
Francesco Cera harpsichord
works by Frescobaldi,  J.S.Bach and D. Scarlatti

May 26
Milano – Chiesa di San Maurizio. Vespri Musicali
Francesco Cera harpsichord
Francesco Romano theorbo
works by Frescobaldi and Kapsberger

July 4 – 6
Torrazza (Imperia)
Master class “Frescobaldi: Toccate, Capricci, Fiori musicali”
Francesco Cera organ by G.B. Ciurlo 1778 and harpsichord

July 26
Garovillas de Alconetar (Extremadura, Spain) – Church of S.Maria
Francesco Cera plays the Renaissance organ
works by de Cabezon, A.Gabrieli, Trabaci and Correa de Arauxo

July 28
Palencia (Spain). Academia J.de Echevarria
Francesco Cera organ
works by Frescobaldi and Correa de Arauxo

September 29
Monastero di San Pietro in Lamosa (BS). Festival dell’Arte
Ensemble Arte Musica
Lucia Franzina soprano, Daniela Salvo soprano
Alberto Allegrezza tenor and recorder, Andrés Montilla-Acurero tenor
Riccardo Pisani tenor, Walter Testolin bass
Silvia de Maria viola da gamba, Francesco Tomasi lute
Francesco Cera harpsichord and musical direction
Luca Marenzio – Primo libro di madrigali a sei voci 1581

October 6
Segovia (Spain) – Cathedral
Francesco Cera plays the Echevarria organ 1702
works by Frescobaldi and Correa de Arauxo

October 14, 5 p.m.
Reggio Emilia – Chiesa di Santa Teresa. Soli Deo Gloria
Francesco Cera organ. Carlotta Caimi actress
“Misticismo spagnolo”
works by Correa de Arauxo and Cabanilles,
readings by Teresa D’Avila and Giovanni della Croce

October 17 – 18
Cincinnati (USA Ohio) – Christ Church Cathedral
Dedication recital of the opus 148 C.B.Fisk organ, in the Italian style
Francesco Cera organ
works by Gabrieli, Frescobaldi, Pasquini, Martini, Bach

October 19
Cincinnati (USA Ohio) – Christ Church Cathedral
Master class with students of Cincinnati Conservatory

 

Concerts 2017

Concerts 2016