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Francesca Dego

VIOLIN

Representation: General Management

Celebrated for her sonorous tone, compelling interpretations and flawless technique, Francesca Dego is one of the most sought-after violinists on the international scene. Highlights of her 21/22 season include four concerts across Japan with NHK Symphony conducted by Mo. Fabio Luisi, Bernstein’s Serenade at La Fenice and further projects with Orchestre Chambre de Lausanne, the BBC Symphony, the Ulster Orchestra, the Hallé Orchestra and La Verdi.

Francesca is signed exclusively to CHANDOS Records and her most recent release of Mozart Violin Concerti 3&4 conducted by Sir Roger Norrington with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra was received to unanimous critical acclaim including BBC Music Magazine 5* ‘Record of the month’ in November 2021. Other releases include concertos by Paganini and Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari alongside the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Daniele Rustioni, the recital disc Il Cannone, as well as a complete survey of the violin sonatas by Beethoven and of Paganini’s Caprices, for Deutsche Grammophon.

Francesca regularly appears with major orchestras worldwide including performances with the Philharmonia, Hallé, Ulster, Royal Philharmonic and Royal Scottish National Orchestras, Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne, National Symphony in Washington, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, NHK Symphony, Tokyo Metropolitan and Tokyo Symphony Orchestras, Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Teatro Carlo Felice Genova at St Petersburg’s renowned Stars of the White Nights festival, Teatro Regio di Torino, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and all the major Italian orchestras, Orquestra de Sevilla and de la Comunitat Valenciana at Palau de les Arts, Auckland Philharmonia, Oviedo Philharmonic, Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, Santa Barbara Symphony, Het Gelders Orkest, and the Orkest van het Oosten.

Her international career to date has allowed her to work alongside many esteemed conductors, Sir Roger Norrington, Fabio Luisi, Lionel Bringuier, Dalia Stasevska, Christopher Hogwood, Yoel Levi, Donato Renzetti, Grant Llewellyn, Wayne Marshall, Gianluigi Gelmetti, Diego Matheuz, Shlomo Mintz, Gemma New, Jader Bignamini, Alpesh Chauhan and Xian Zhang, to name a few.

An outstanding collaborative artist, Francesca thrives in chamber settings, and she has performed with Salvatore Accardo, Alessandro Carbonare, Mahan Esfahani, Bruno Giuranna, Narek Hakhnazaryan, Piers Lane, Jan Lisiecki, Mischa Maisky, Antonio Meneses, Martin Owen, Alessandro Taverna, Roman Simovic and Kathryn Stott, as well as her regular recital partner, pianist Francesca Leonardi. Highlights of the 2020/21 season for the duo have included performances at the Louvre in Paris, Lincoln Center New York, Washington DC, Siena, as well as the final concerts of their complete cycle of Beethoven’s violin sonatas at Unione Musicale, Torino.

Francesca also has a passion for contemporary music and counts herself a dedicatee of the works of, amongst others, Michael Nyman, Carlo Boccadoro, Cristian Carrara, Nicola Campogrande and Marco Taralli.  She is a frequent contributor to specialist music magazines, penning a monthly column for Suonare News among others, and has written articles and opinion pieces for the BBC and Classical Music Magazines, The Strad, Musical Opinion and Strings Magazine. Francesca has also recently published her first book, Tra le Note. Classica: 24 chiavi di lettura, with Mondadori in which she explores how classical music can be listened to and better understood today.

Francesca is based in London and plays on a precious Francesco Ruggeri violin (Cremona 1697).

 

Artist website: www.francescadego.com

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Francesca Dego’s debut with NHK Symphony Orchestra

November 23rd, 2021

Francesca makes her long awaited debut with NHK Symphony Orchestra this month, led by their incoming principal conductor Fabio Luisi.  Written in three movements, Paganini’s 1st Violin Concerto shows the Italian bel canto influence, particularly that of the younger contemporary Rossini,  and the later audition of military band instruments gives the piece a distinct militaryRead more ›

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New release: Francesca Dego

October 1st, 2021

Francesca Dego’s new release on CHANDOS of the first volume of Mozart Violin Concerti has been widely praised for its fresh approach and first-class musicianship. Recorded with Sir Roger Norrington and the RSNO, Francesca’s latest disc recently received a glowing four star review in The Times: “For singing beauties of an instrumental kind, look noRead more ›

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Francesca Dego plays Bologne

July 7th, 2021

Fresh from her studio recording at Maida Vale with BBC Symphony Orchestra last month, this week Francesca takes the rarely-performed but much-admired Bologne Chevalier de Saint-Georges Violin Concerto in A major to the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington as part of the Wolf Trap Festival. Italian violinist Francesca said ‘It’s like fireworks! It’s actually extraordinaryRead more ›

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Francesca Dego releases “Il Cannone” on Chandos

February 26th, 2021

Francesca Dego pays homage to Niccolò Paganini with a new recording of works inspired by the great violinist and composer, out on Chandos Records on 26 February. Recorded on Paganini’s violin, the legendary ‘il Cannone’ crafted by Guarneri del Gesù in 1743, the CD features the virtuoso’s own Campanella in an arrangement by Fritz Kreisler,Read more ›

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Francesca Dego signs exclusive contract with Chandos Records

November 6th, 2020

Italian-American violinist Francesca Dego has signed an exclusive recording deal with Chandos Records. For her first release, due in late February 2021, she celebrates the legacy of Niccolò Paganini with a recording of works inspired by the great violinist and performed on the his violin, the fabled “Il Cannone”. Future releases include the Mozart violinRead more ›

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Discography

Il Cannone

Paganini’s violin, the legendary ‘il Cannone’, made by Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesù in 1743, is one of the most important musical instruments in the history of Western music. It has been heard on record just a handful of times. Francesca Dego was given the honour of recording with it after the success of her first performance on the instrument, in October 2019, when she was invited to play Paganini’s First Violin Concerto at the Paganini Celebratory Concert at Teatro Carlo Felice, in Genoa.

CHANDOS (2021)

Suite Italienne

Recorded with pianist Francesca Leonardi, this recital disc pays homage to the aesthetic and influence of twentieth-century Italian musical style. It features Respighi’s Violin Sonata, Stravinsky’s eponymous Suite Italienne, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s Ballade, a world premiere recording, as well as his variations “Figaro” and “Rosina” from The Barber of Seville, and “Violetta” from La Traviata, the latter two also world premiere recordings.

DG (2018)

Paganini/Wolf Ferrari – VIOLIN CONCERTOS

Wolf-Ferrari Violin Concerto and Paganini’s Violin Concerto No. 1.  Daniele Rustioni conducts the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

DG (2017)

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