Francesca Ajossa

Francesca Ajossa (1999) studied organ and organ-composition with Angelo Castaldo at the “Palestrina” Conservatory in Cagliari (IT), where she obtained her bachelor diploma in 2018. Following her bachelor studies, Francesca studied with Ben van Oosten at the conservatory of Rotterdam (NL), where she graduated cum-laude for the Master of Music in 2020. From 2020-2022 she was Organ Scholar of the church St. Peter und Paul Ratingen (GER). In 2021, Francesca concluded a master in Music Psychology at the University of York (UK). In 2023 successfully completed her master studies ”Claviorganum” at the Hochschule für Music und Theater in Hamburg (GER). There, Francesca studied with Menno van Delft (harpsichord), Pieter Van Dijk (organ) and Isolde Kittel-Zerer (basso continuo). She took masterclasses with musicians such as G. Bovet, L. Lohmann, H. Deutsch, D. Zaretsky, J.Palur, L. van Doeselaar, C. Mantoux and O. Latry and participated in numerous academies, amongst which the “International Bach Academy” held by prof. Jacques van Oortmerssen, the “Young Talents Class” and the ”Excellence Class” at the Haarlem Organ Festival. Francesca performs regularly at music festivals throughout Europe, with her repertoire ranging from Early Music to first performances of newly composed works. She won two 2nd prizes at international organ competitions and recorded three CDs. Francesca is currently a PhD candidate at the KU Leuven (BE), main organist of the Church in ‘t Woudt (NL) as well as artist in residence of the Contius Foundation, on whose behalf she promotes the Contius-organ of the St.Michielskerk in Leuven (BE).