Francesco Nicolosi was born in Catania, where he graduated at the Vincenzo Bellini Conservatory. He then studied under the guidance of Maestro Vincenzo Vitale in Naples.
In 1980, he won third prize at the International Competition of Santander and second prize (the first prize was not awarded to anyone) at the International Competition of Geneva: he soon was considered to be one of the most interesting pianists of his generation.
He has played with prestigious orchestras and has given several recitals in the most famous European concert halls; he has toured in Russia, the USA, China and Japan and has been invited to perform at several festivals, such as the Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto, the Rossini Opera Festival, the International Festival in Brescia and Bergamo, the Taormina Arte, the Settimane Musicali di Stresa, the Settembre Musica in Turin, the International Marathon in Seville and the Rencontres Musicales en Artois.
His recordings include: three CDs for "Nuova Era", the integral variations for piano by Mozart released in three CDs by "Naxos", the integral paraphrases of the Italian output by Thalberg in 4 CDs for "Marco Polo" record company, all of which were enthusiastically acclaimed by international critics (i.e. Harold Schönberg in "Opera News", Bryce Morrison in "Gramophone" and in Italy, Mario Bortolotto and Piero Rattalino) and regularly broadcast by classical radio companies all over the world.
His future recordings include concerts by Thalberg and Moscheles and all the sonatas by Scarlatti and Clementi.
For his performances and recordings dedicated to Bellini he has been awarded the prize "Bellini d'oro", whereas for reproposing Thalberg's compositions he has been appointed President of the Sigmund Thalberg International Study Centre.