Francesco Cera (born in Bologna, Italy) is an Italian harpsichordist, organist and conductor. Accomplished performer of Italian Baroque harpsichord and organ repertoire, he was student of Gustav Leonhardt in Amsterdam (1989–90) than in 1991 became member of ensemble Giardino Armonico. Since 1997 he has been director of the Ensemble Arte Musica, specializing in Italian vocal repertoire from Gesualdo and Monteverdi to 18th-century cantatas. Cera has held master classes at Smarano Organ Academy and Piccola Accademia Montisi.
Cera has made many recordings of Italian harpsichord music (Rossi, Merula, Storace, Valente and Domenico Scarlatti) for Tactus (record label), Bach's French Suites and harpsichord concertos for the Arts label, Bach's Orgelbüchlein, D'Anglebert's complete harpsichord works, Trabaci's organ and harpsichord works, Scarlatti and the Neapolitan Song for label Brilliant Classics. His ensemble Arte Musica made their concert debut at the Flanders Festival in Bruges in 1997, and their first recording of sacred music by Giovanni Paolo Colonna; they recorded Gesualdo's Tenebrae Responsoria for label Brilliant Classics.
- Instruments À Claviers: Expressivité Et Flexibilité Sonore Thomas Steiner - 2004 Page 33 "Der musikalische Teil wurde von Francesco Cera, Sally Fortino, Lorenzo Ghielmi und Harold Lester mit Kompositionen aus dem Umkreis der Instrumente bestritten."