Francisco Escoda was born in Alicante in 1978 where he began his musical studies. Later, he broadened his studies at the RCSMM (Real Conservatorio Superior de Música de Madrid) with Manuel Carra, at the Sweelinck Conservatorium of Amsterdam with Jan Marisse Huizing and at the Schola Cantorum of Paris with Eugen Indjic, a disciple of the celebrated pianist Arthur Rubinstein.
At the Schola Cantorum, he got the Diplome de Virtuosité “a l´unanimité et félicitations du jurée”, the highest mark this school awards. Furthermore, he has been advised by pianists such as Alicia de Larrocha, Lazar Berman, Gyorgy Sandor, Philippe Entremont, Leonard Stein, Claude Helffer, Piotr Paleczny or Hakon Austbo among others.
To carry out his musical studies, he was given different grants among which it is worth mentioning the grant given by the IVM (Institut Valencià de la Música) between 1999 and 2001.
He has been awarded in many National and International Piano Competitions: Holland Music Sessions Festival (Holland), “Gaetano Zinneti” in Verona (Italy), “Cidade d’Alcobaça” (Portugal), “Marisa Montiel” in Linares, “Manuel de Falla” in Granada, Piano International Competition in Moguer, “Ciutat de Manresa” (Barcelona), “Ciutat de Xàtiva”, “Ciudad de Alicante”, Permanent Competition of Young Performers of Spain (Madrid) or “Jose Roca” International Piano Competition in Valencia, among others.
Also, he has been honoured with “Joaquín Rodrigo” Prize in the International Music Festival in Compostela, where he was selected to play for the great composer in a commemorative recital of his 95th birthday.
As a concert pianist, he has given recitals both in Spain and abroad (Holland, France, Italy, Belgium, Germany, England, Tunisia, México, El Salvador,…). It is worth mentioning the recitals he has given in festivals like the International Chopin Festival in Bergen, the Chopin Marathon in Groningen (Holland), The Eclectic Valencia Festival, The Acropolium Festival in Cartago, and his Recitals at the Chamber Music Hall of the National Auditorium of Spain.
It is also significant his collaboration with the Instituto Cervantes in Tunisia to make Spanish piano music known, obtaining a great popular and critical acclaim. In that sense, he has been frequently recognized as a pianist within the chamber music field, emphasizing especially his musical activity with the Trío Triskell, Ballester-Escoda duo, Cabedo-Escoda duo, Sáez-Escoda duo and more recently with the Trío Musicalis, nominated in the “Ojo Crítico” Prize of RNE (Radio Nacional de España). He has performed the complete Sonatas for Piano and Violin by Beethoven (Club Diario Levante, Valencia) and also a retrospective of Luis de Pablo’s work
for piano in a concert that was broadcast by RNE (Radio Nacional de España), and in Hamburg, broadcasted by NDR.
He has recorded for RNE, Edicions Albert Moraleda, and “Verso Productions” label, which is specialized in contemporary and Spanish music. He has a degree in Clinical Psychology and a Master of Advanced Studies, specializing in the study and treatment of the performance anxiety in musicians, topic that he will soon defend in his PhD Thesis. He has given many conferences, monographs and radio interviews on this topic as well.
As a teacher, he has been developing his task from 2003 at the Conservatorio Superior de Música “Oscar Esplà” de Alicante, Islas Baleares Conservatory and Castellón Conservatory, and he has offered Masterclasses at the HAMU (Prague University), Conservatory of Venezia, Conservatory of Castelfranco (Italy), and Bydgoszcz Piano Academy (Poland), among others.
His collaboration with the Valencian International University (VIU) Master Degree of Musical Performace, as a Consultant and Perfromance Coordinator, from 2010 until the present day, has been recognized with the “Teaching with SAKAI Award” in Atlanta (USA), because of the innovation on Music Pedagogy Approaches.
From 2013 he is Piano and Pedagogy teacher in El Salvador, taking part in the project “Addressing Youth Violence through Cultural and Music learning”, supported by the World Bank, Embassy of Japan and awarded by the Legislative Assembly of this country.