Every thing that heard him play,
Even the billows of the sea,
Hung their heads, and then lay by.
In sweet music is such art,
Killing care and grief of heart
Fall asleep, or hearing, die.
(Henry VIII, 3.1.4-15) 


Francesca De Santis graduated in Organ, Organ Composition, Harpsichord and Piano, she studied Spanish and Italian Ancient Music – for Organ and Harpsichord – with Tagliavini, Tilney, Conti and Bonet. In Cremona she mastered her technical ability and aesthetic sensibility under the guidance of the J.B.Christensen  (Continuous Bass) and, in same time, M. Radulescu (J.S.Bach Masterworks). She made live recording, as harpsichordist, with the L. Leo Orchestra, for Baryton and Bongiovanni Records. She continued her studies under the guidance of concertists of worldwide reputation, like as M. Torrent, G. Bovet, L.Rogg , M.Chapuis and Jean Galard (Paris National Conservatory) for the Organ Improvisation and Interpretation in the French Romantic Repertoire, where in 1986 she won a scholarship. She specialized in the writing and transcriptions of pieces for pipe organ, both in “a solo“ and chamber music, and in improvisation, both free and on a theme. Recently, she published a piece for organ 4 hands and 4 feet, (Armelin - Padova). As an international concert organist - duo “4 hands” (De Santis – Salvatori) and organ - violin (De Santis – de’ Bonfils) she has given recitals in Italy and abroad. She often co-operates with several Concert Societies making Seminars about the Improvisation and the Ancient Playing Praxis. She gone deeper in the study of Gregorian Chant, that she teaching at the Niccolò Piccinni State Conservatory of Music. She displays her continuous interest for Seminars of Aesthetics and Notation (Baroffio), Paleography (Magistrale), Vocal Technique and Coral Practice (Baroffio ), Modality (Susca), Mass Repertory (Albarosa), Music Codes and History of Liturgy (Bianchi, Mischiati, Fabris).  She published several CDs where as Organist.

 St. Patrick's Cathedral  - September 2007

I wanted to thank you very much for all the arrangements for the visit of Musica Nova and the concert last week. Please pass on my gratitude and thanks to the artists. I enjoyed very much their programme.
With all good wishes. Yours sincerely.
Peter Barley
Organist at the St. Patrick's Cathedral

A soné Vierne  avec beaucoup de precision e une grande musicalité.
J.P. Ibert

Les italianes Salvatori i De Santis  en el 14è  festival igualadì.
Interpretaciò molt acurada  i perfecte acoblament d’elles dues canviant sovint de teclat sense la  més minima  difficultat i buscant  sempre  el so més adient a l’obra.
Redacciò – Igualada