francis coates III

pianist & composer

About Me


Born in Washington D.C., Francis attended Suitland High School for the performing arts studying piano with pianist Michael Maher. After graduating, Francis attended University of the Arts in Philadelphia studying music composition and orchestration with Dave Thomas. In 2008, he graduated from University of Maryland Baltimore County with a B.A. in Music Composition.

Based in Philadelphia, Francis is a pianist and composer that has composed music for film, ballet, and theater. Francis has performed at popular music venues throughout the country such as the Kimmel Center, Merriam Theatre, and Kennedy Center. In 2009, Francis worked with Director Marcus Thomas on the film "Casting Notice" which was recognized by multiple film festivals around the country. In 2010, he was commissioned by the Slovene National Theatre Opera and Ballet to compose a 30-minute orchestral piece for Choreographer Kjara Staric.  Although he enjoys composing multiple genres of music, Francis specializes in contemporary classical and jazz orchestral.