Francis Atkins is a young aspiring Australian pianist. A fiery and passionate performer, Francis has performed in several music hotspots around Australia, including the Sydney Opera House, the Queensland Performing Arts Centre, and is a regular at the Bangalow Music Festival. Francis is currently a candidate for a Master of Music at Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, and with his tutor – Natasha Vlassenko – he has grown his deep passion for performing.
Francis maintains a growing career as a pianist and enjoys performing alongside Australia’s premier musicians, as well as engagements with community choirs and chamber ensembles. In 2019, he gave his debut concerto performance as soloist with the Ipswich City Symphony. In 2020, Francis was selected as a Brisbane Music Festival young artist, and as a Next Generation Artist with the Southern Cross Soloists. In 2021, Francis prepares for his life–long–dream performance of Rachmaninoff’s monumental second piano concerto with the Sunshine Coast Symphony Orchestra and will also audition to compete in the Lev Vlassenko piano competition and festival; one of Australia’s most prestigious piano awards.
In his spare time, Francis enjoys watching nature documentaries and irreverent comedies, learning the music of Rachmaninoff and Debussy, cooking, and practising piano at midnight; much to the disdain of his neighbours and flatmate.