Francesca Dego is quickly developing into one of the most sought afteryoung violinists on the international scene. Signed since 2012 by Deutsche Grammophon, her début album of Paganini’s 24 Caprices, recorded on the ex-Ricci Guarneri del Gesù, received high critical acclaim. The final volume of her complete recording of Beethoven’s Violin Sonatas was released in October 2015.
Regularly appearing with the world’s leading orchestras, recent highlights include performances with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, Oviedo Philharmonic, the Armenian Philharmonic, Tatarstan State Symphony, Tblisi Philharmonic, National Symphony of Ukraine, Fresno Philharmonic, Reno Chamber Orchestra, Santa Barbara Symphony, Northern Czech Philharmonic, Wuhan Philharmonic, Thailand Philharmonic and the Philharmonique du Liban.
Upcoming engagements include her débuts with the Philharmonia Orchestra/Grant Llewellyn at London’s Royal Festival Hall, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra at Suntory Hall, Gürzenich Orchester Cologne/Sir Roger Norrington at Cologne Philharmonie, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Hall, Grosses Orchester Graz at the city’s Musikverein, Netherlands Symphony on tour in Holland, Mannheimer Philharmoniker, Kyushu Symphony, Orchestra Filarmonica del Teatro Regio in Turin.
Francesca is winner of numerous national and international Competitions, and in 2008 garnered widespread attention for being the first Italian female prizewinner of the renowned “Paganini Competition” in Genoa since 1961. In addition she was awarded the “Enrico Costa” prize for having been the youngest finalist.
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Born in Lecco in 1989, Francesca gave her concerto début in California at the age of 7 performing Bach, in Italy aged 14 with the Beethoven Concerto and at 15 she performed the Brahms concerto at Milan’s Sala Verdi conducted by György Györiványi Ráth and Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante at Tel Aviv Opera House with Shlomo Mintz.
Key orchestral collaborations since then have included Milan’s “La Verdi” Orchestra, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice, Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa, La Scala Chamber Orchestra, European Union Chamber Orchestra, Sofia Festival Orchestra, the Teatro Colon Orchestra of Buenos Aires, “Arturo Toscanini” Symphony Orchestra, Arena di Verona Orchestra, Leeds’ Opera North Symphony Orchestra, Israel Sinfonietta, Trento “Haydn” Orchestra, Turin Philharmonic, the Bologna, Trieste, Genova and Bari Theater Orchestras, the Orchestra della Toscana (ORT) and Orchestra da Camera di Mantova, alongside esteemed soloists and conductors such as Salvatore Accardo, Bruno Giuranna, Gianluigi Gelmetti, Paul Goodwin, Julian Kovatchev, Wayne Marshall, Diego Matheuz, Antonio Meneses, Domenico Nordio, Donato Renzetti, Daniele Rustioni, Yoel Levi, Jan Lisiecki and Xian Zhang.
She has performed at prestigious venues and festivals including Wigmore Hall in London, Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, the Tchaikovsky Conservatoire’s Great Hall in Moscow and St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Teatro Sao Carlos in Lisbon, Shanghai’s Oriental Arts Center and Beijing’s NCPA, Rome’s Auditorium Parco della Musica, “Les Flâneries Musicales” Festival in Reims and “Generation Virtuoses” Festival in Antibes, as well as in Lebanon at the Al Bustan festival and in Perù for Lima’s Sociedad Filarmonica.
Francesca was selected to perform as soloist at the Concerts for Life and Peace in Bethlehem and Jerusalem with the Orchestra Giovanile Italiana under Nicola Paszkowski and at the 2014 and 2015 Remembrance Day Concerts in Rome, broadcast worldwide by RAI. In June 2014 she was invited to open the Football World Cup in Brazil performing at Rio de Janeiro’s Teatro Municipal.
Francesca performs on a precious Francesco Ruggeri violin (Cremona 1697) and the ex-Ricci Guarneri del Gesù (Cremona 1734) courtesy of Florian Leonhard Fine Violins.