Wael Farouk

“A formidable and magnificent pianist.”

- the New York Concert Review

Introducing Wael Farouk's Premiere
2-CD set Russian Portraits.
Available now on Carlock Records!

“Wael Farouk's all-Russian two-CD set gives us familiar repertoire played with a new light and freshness. Here is piano playing that brings chills to the flesh, performed with a rare virtuoso technique.”

David Dubal, faculty at the Julliard School and author of The Art of the Piano


Upcoming Performances


The Brahms Project: Complete Chamber Music, Recital 3 of 13

    featuring the Carthage Faculty Trio

    Kenosha, WI, Siebert Chapel at Carthage College

    April 24, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

The Brahms Project: Complete Chamber Music, Recital 4 of 13

    featuring the Carthage Faculty Trio

    Kenosha, WI, Siebert Chapel at Carthage College

    September 23, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

The Brahms Project: Complete Solo Piano Music, Recital 5 of 13

    Kenosha, WI, Siebert Chapel at Carthage College

    October 7, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

Chopin Piano Concerto No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 11

    Racine Symphony Orchestra and Pascquale Laurino, conductor

    Kenosha, WI, University of Wisconsin, Parkside

    October 28, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

Solo Faculty Recital: Works of Chopin

    Chicago, IL, Ganz Hall at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University

    October 31, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

The Brahms Project: Complete Solo Piano Music, Recital 6 of 13

    Kenosha, WI, Siebert Chapel at Carthage College

    November 4, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

The Brahms Project: Complete Chamber Music, Recital 7 of 13

    featuring the Carthage Faculty Trio

    Kenosha, WI, Siebert Chapel at Carthage College

    November 13, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

The Brahms Project: Complete Solo Piano Music, Recital 8 of 13

    Kenosha, WI, Siebert Chapel at Carthage College

    January 11, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major, Op. 83

    Cairo Symphony Orchestra and Ahmed El-Saidi, conductor

    Cairo, Egypt, at the Cairo Opera House

    February 3, 2018 at 8:00 p.m.

Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5 ("The Emperor")

    Northwest Indiana Symphony and Kirk Muspratt, conductor

    Crownpoint, IN, Bethel Church

    February 9, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

The Brahms Project: Complete Chamber Music, Recital 9 of 13

    part of the Lakeside Piano Festival

    featuring the Carthage Faculty Trio

    Kenosha, WI, Siebert Chapel at Carthage College

    February 17, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

The Brahms Project: Two Pianos and Four-Hands Works, Recital 10 of 13

    featuring members of the Carthage College piano and organ faculty

    part of the Lakeside Piano Festival

    Kenosha, WI, Siebert Chapel at Carthage College

    February 18, 2018 at 1:00 p.m.

The Brahms Project: Complete Solo Piano Music, Recital 11 of 13

    Kenosha, WI, Siebert Chapel at Carthage College

    March 17, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

The Complete Beethoven Piano Concertos (Nos. 1-5)

    New Philharmonic orchestra and Kirk Muspratt, conductor

    Kenosha, WI, Siebert Chapel at Carthage College

    April 6, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

The Complete Beethoven Piano Concertos (Nos. 1-5)

    New Philharmonic orchestra and Kirk Muspratt, conductor

    Glen Ellyn, IL, The McAninch Arts Center

  • April 7, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.
  • April 8, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.

The Brahms Project: Complete Solo Piano Music, Recital 12 of 13

    Kenosha, WI, Siebert Chapel at Carthage College

    April 21, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

The Brahms Project Finale: Complete Chamber Music, Recital 13 of 13

    featuring the Carthage Faculty Trio and Ilya Kaler, violin

    Kenosha, WI, Siebert Chapel at Carthage College

    May 7, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.


Biography

Egyptian-American pianist Wael Farouk has performed on five continents in such venues as the White Hall in St. Petersburg, Schumann’s house in Leipzig, and Carnegie Hall in New York, where his solo debut performance in 2013 was described as "absolutely masterful." In the 2013-2014 season, Dr. Farouk gave a five-recital series featuring the complete solo works of Rachmaninoff, a feat the Chicago Tribune hailed as "historical" in a front-page feature. The series made additional headlines in the front-page of the New Jersey Star-Ledger and the Clavier Companion.

Praised as a "formidable and magnificent pianist" by the New York Concert Review, Dr. Farouk has had an extensive performing career. He commands a vast repertoire of more than 70 concertos and 60 solo programs, spanning from Scarlatti to Bolcom and including the complete piano works of J.S. Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Brahms, and Rachmaninoff.

Dr. Farouk has appeared as a soloist with such orchestras as 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 premieres of Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3; Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2; Prokofiev Piano Concertos Nos. 1, 2, and 3; and the rarely heard monumental 75-minute-long Busoni Piano Concerto, which was also an African premiere.

Dr. 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. In 2004, Dr. Farouk was given the honor of playing on Tchaikowsky's piano—the first pianist to do so since Vladimir Horowitz.

Russian Portraits, his debut solo album, was released on the Carlock Records label in 2013. The all-Russian album has drawn praise for its musical beauty and virtuosity. David Dubal has described the album as one that "gives us familiar repertoire played with a new light and freshness. Here is piano playing that brings chills to the flesh, performed with a rare virtuoso technique."

Recent and upcoming performance projects Dr. Farouk is undertaking include performing the complete keyboard and chamber works of Brahms and a rarely-heard performance of the monumental Busoni piano concerto--an African premiere. Dr. Farouk will be giving a unique performance of all five Beethoven piano concertos in a single concert, which will take place three days in a row.

Dr. Farouk is a founding member of the Carthage Faculty Trio, which is performing the complete chamber music of Brahms in the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 seasons.

Teaching

Dr. Farouk directs the piano program at Carthage College and the Carthage Arts Academy. He is also on the faculty of the Chicago College of the Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. He frequently judges competitions and delivers masterclasses.

As a teacher, Dr. Farouk believes in cultivating each student's own artistic voice while empowering them with a solid technical foundation. Within a short time, his students routinely demonstrate tremendous artistic and technical growth. Students work with Dr. Farouk on learning a large repertoire, from early Baroque to Contemporary composers. His students have won local, national, and international competitions and prizes and have performed live on public radio.

Dr. Farouk is on the artist faculty roster at the prestigious Puigcerdà Music Festival, which includes such artists as pianist Oxana Yablonskaya and cellist-conductor Dmitry Yablonsky.


Concert Reviews, Articles, and Past Performances

  • April 6, 2014 - "Slight of Hands" profile on front page of Chicago Tribune
  • April 6, 2014 - Chicago Tribune video, Wael Farouk: Piano Virtuoso
  • June 1, 2013 - Wael Farouk, piano; Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, New York, N.Y.
  • May 19, 2012 - New York Concert Artists and Associates Winners Evening: Evenings of Piano Concerti in Review
  • September 2000 - A helping hand
  • May 2000 - Wael Farouk: Mountain madness
  • April 2000 - A touch of the devil
  • Past Performances

  • Repertoire


    Contact Information

    Wael Farouk
    pianist@waelfarouk.com