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 

 

 

News

Italian magazine MUSICA has awarded the recent Correa de Arauxo’s recording with “five stars” award.

 

Francisco Correa de Arauxo (1584-1654) ORGAN MUSIC
Francesco Cera plays the Renaissance organ in Garrovillas de Alconétar (Extremadura-Spain). 2 CDs BRILLIANT CLASSICS 95508

 

RECENTLY ISSUED (July 2018)

Sigismondo D’India (1580c.-1629) 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

 

Concerts

2018

 

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

March 21
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 5
Pinerolo (TO) – Chiesa della Visitazione
Francesco Cera organ 18th century anonymous
works by Antico, Attaingnant, Cabezon, Gabrieli, Scheidt, Pasquini, Haendel

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) – Church S. Giorgio
Master class “Frescobaldi: Toccate, Capricci, Fiori musicali”
Francesco Cera organ by G.B. Ciurlo 1778 and harpsichord

July 26
Garrovillas de Alconetar (Spain) – Church of S.Maria
Francesco Cera plays the Renaissance organ
works by de A.Gabrieli, Merulo, Frescobaldi and Correa de Arauxo

July 28
Espinoza de Villagonzalo (Spain) – Academia Josè de Echevarria
Francesco Cera organ
works by Frescobaldi, Correa de Arauxo and Storace

September 1
Laureana Cilento (SA) – Church S. Maria del Paradiso
Riccardo Pisani tenor, Silvia de Maria viola da gamba
Francesco Cera harpsichord and positiv organ 1772
“Musiche di fede e d’amore”
works by Monteverdi, Grandi, Frescobaldi, Charpentier, Marais, Haendel

September 2
Ascea (SA) – Palazzo Ricci
Riccardo Pisani tenor, Silvia de Maria viola da gamba
Francesco Cera harpsichord
works by Monteverdi, Caccini, Frescobaldi, Charpentier, Marais, Haendel

September 4
Laureana Cilento (SA) – Villa Aurora
prof. Dinko Fabris musicologist and prof. Carmela Vargas art historian
“La nascita del Barocco tra musica e pittura”
featuring the new CD Sigismondo D’India – Musiche a una e due voci

September 7
Laureana Cilento (SA) – Cappella della Congrega del Purgatorio
Giovanni Canu reader, Francesco Cera harpsichord
“Il sogno tra le pagine”
poetry by Coleridge and Borges, music by Frescobaldi, L. and F. Couperin, Purcell, Haendel

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

October 9
Irsina (Matera) – Church of San Francesco.  Festival Duni 
Francesco Cera harpsichord
works by Trabaci, Cabezon, Merulo, Sweelinck and Frescobaldi

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

October 28
Cirigliano (Potenza) – Cappella del Palazzo dei Baroni Formica
“L’organo nelle corti europee”
Francesco Cera organ
works by Gabrieli, Frescobaldi, Scheidemann, Attaingnant, Haendel

November 11
Matera – Church of Sant’Agostino 
Francesco Cera plays the De Simone organ 1749
works by Pasquini, Scarlatti, Martini, Galuppi

December 9
S.Oreste (Roma) – Collegiata di San Lorenzo 
Francesco Cera plays the Ennio Bonifazi organ 1638
works by Frescobaldi, Rossi, Pasquini, Zipoli, Haendel

Concerts 2017

Concerts 2016