Vera Franceschi is an Italian American pianist who had a prolific career during the 1950s.
The daughter of Italian parents (both of Tuscan origin), she was born in San Francisco, California.
In 1939, at a very young age, she graduated from the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia (Santa Cecilia Conservatory), where she was able to study with Alfredo Casella and Germano Arnaldi.
She began her studies in the United States. But in 1936 moved with her family to Rome, Italy. She debuted at eighteen as a soloist at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan.
During the same time, she began recording for Parlophon. Later she moved to Cetra Records. After World War II, she perfected her training at the Manhattan School of Music in New York, studying with Harold Bauer and Carl Friedberg, and in 1948 she made her debut with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Pierre Monteux.
She became one of the most acclaimed interpreters of Chopin during those years. In the early 1950s, she signed with RCA and then Victrola, and recorded many albums performing the compositions of the Polish composer. He was named Giulio Barioni.
After a long hospitalization for leukemia at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York, she died in July, 1966.