Wael Farouk

Wael Farouk
Wael Farouk
Artist Faculty Piano
Chicago College of Performing Arts
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Hailed as "a formidable and magnificent pianist" by the New York Concert Review, Egyptian-born pianist Dr. Wael Farouk has had an extensive worldwide performing career. With a vast repertoire spanning from Rameau to Bolcom, he commands more than 70 concertos and 60 solo programs, including the complete piano works of J.S. Bach, Chopin, and Rachmaninoff, as well as the completed piano sonatas of Beethoven, Scriabin, and Prokofiev. 

He has appeared as a soloist and recitalist on five continents and has given the Egyptian premieres of the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3, Brahms Concerto No. 2, and Prokofiev Piano Concertos Nos. 1, 2, and 3.

Farouk made his Carnegie Hall solo debut in June 2013, which received rave reviews as "absolutely masterful playing." The recital also inaugurated his five-recital cycle performances of the complete solo piano works of Rachmaninoff, which the Chicago Tribute described as "historical." His solo album Russian Portraits was released on the Carlock Records label in 2013.

Farouk has performed with numerous conductors, including Christoph Mueller, Steven Lloyd, Patrick Fournilier, and Philippe Entremont. He has toured England, Russia, Italy, France, Spain, Hungary, Germany, Czech Republic, Colombia, 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. In 2004, Mr. Farouk was given the honor of playing on Tchaikovsky’s piano—the first pianist to do so since Vladimir Horowitz. 

Farouk's career was born out of adversity. Despite receiving the highest scores on his entrance exams at the Cairo Conservatory, he originally was turned away due to his small stature and an unusual hand condition that prevents him from making a fist or straightening his fingers. Admitted for a trial period at the age of seven, Farouk overcame all odds and eventually became one of the conservatory's most accomplished graduates. 

At the Cairo Conservatory, Farouk studied with Samir Aziz, Vselod Demidov, and Edgar Davelienadze. Farouk began his graduate studies in the United States at the Catholic University of America, where he studied on a Fulbright Fellowship with Marilyn Neeley. He earned his Masters of Music from Converse College (studying with Doug Weeks), Professional Studies Diploma from Manhattan School of Music (studying with Solomon Mikowsky) as a recipient of the coveted Elva van Gelder Memorial Scholarship, Artist Diploma from the Chicago College of Performing Arts (also with Dr. Mikowsky), and Doctor of Musical Arts from Rutgers University (studying with Daniel Epstein), where he was a recipient of the prestigious Ralph Johnson Bunche Distinguished Graduate Award. http://waelfarouk.com.