Wael Farouk ’06 has performed internationally in venues including White Hall in St. Petersburg, Schumann’s house in Leipzig, and Carnegie Hall in New York.
He will be featured in the Converse’s Symphony season-opener on Thursday, September 29, in Twichell Auditorium as part of the 2022-23 Carlos Moseley Series. The Carlos Moseley Series offers the community the experience of seeing world-renowned musicians perform in the intimate venue of Converse University’s Daniel Recital Hall.
Dr. Farouk earned a Master of Music in Piano Performance from Converse in 2006 and keeps strong ties to the Spartanburg community. He is on the piano faculty at the Manhattan School of Music and the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University.
An Egyptian-American pianist, Dr. Farouk 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, Brahms, Chopin, and Rachmaninoff as well as the complete sonatas of Prokofiev, Scriabin, and Schubert. He 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.
Dr. Farouk’s journey to the stage was not an easy path. Read more about the challenges he faced — and overcame — to get from Cairo to Carnegie Hall in this feature story.