Executive Director

Dr. George Francois has performed in Ghana, Germany, Great Britain, St. Lucia, and extensively in the United States. In New York City where he is based, he has played recitals at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, MOMA, Metropolitan Museum, Lerner Hall, St. Paul’s Chapel, and the Yamaha Piano studios. Collaborative partners have included award-winning violinist Rachel Barton Pine, Pulitzer Prize winning Poet and Soprano Rita Dove, best-selling author Terry McMillan, acclaimed cellist Sally Singer Tuttle, the late African master-drummer Obo Addy, actress/singer Tamara Tunie, and actress/dancer Ana Asensio. His playing has won him many admirers, including that of The New York Amsterdam News critic, who described him as having a ‘wondrous command of technique’ with ‘fire when called for, but also lovely moments of lyricism to savor’. He performs regularly in Ghana, inspiring music critic Haruna Attah to write, “As to the performance last Saturday, words cannot adequately capture the breadth, skill and mastery of his interpretations…he is up there with the great virtuosos.”

Dr. Francois has taught and given performances, master classes and/or workshops at several institutions and universities including the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, Manhattan School of Music, New York, Concordia Conservatory in Bronxville, NY., Encore/Coda Music Festival, Maine, Spellman College, Atlanta, Georgia, the Saint Lucia School of Music in Saint Lucia, and the Bayerische Musikakademie, Marktoberdorf, Germany. His exuberant joy playing repertoire such as Rachmaninoff’s Third concerto, the Strauss Burlesque and Ravel’s Left Hand Concerto has garnered attention from audiences across the United States. In Ghana he has performed at the University of Ghana, Legon, the British Council, The National Theater, and the Alissa Hotel. 

George Francois received the Diploma in African Music from the University of Ghana, Legon, as well as multiple music degrees and diplomas from the Royal Northern College of Music (R.N.C.M.),  the University of Texas at Austin, and the State University of New York, Stony Brook. He studied collaborative piano with Samuel Sanders at The Juilliard School of Music, and has won international prizes and awards. Principal teachers have been Mrs. Grace Nartey, the late Nyamafo Chapman-Nyaho, the late Marjorie Clementi, Professor David Renner, Professor Heasook Rhee and Professor Samuel Sanders. 

Dr. Francois is currently Music Director at St. Francis de Sales Church in New York City. He is also the co-founder and Executive Director of Sankusem. He served as pianist for the ground-breaking recording of African classical chamber music by J. H. K. Nketia with British cellist Dr. Sally Singer Tuttle and American violinist Rachel Barton Pine. George also enjoys composition, play-writing, music producing, poetry-writing, and  short story-writing.