Francesca Dego is quickly developing into one of the most sought-after young violinists on the international scene. Regularly appearing with the world’s leading orchestras, recent and future highlights include her London concerto debut with the Philharmonia Orchestra at Royal Festival Hall, La Verdi Orchestra Milan, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
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 with Francesca Leonardi was released in October 2015.
Francesca Dego is becoming one of the most sought after young violinists on the international scene. Signed in 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.
Born in Lecco, Italy of Italian and American parents, Francesca gave her concerto début in California at the age of 7 and in Italy aged 14 with the Beethoven Concerto. 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. Regularly appearing with some of the world’s leading orchestras, recent highlights include her débuts with the Philharmonia Orchestra/Grant Llewellyn at London’s Royal Festival Hall, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra at Suntory Hall, Grosses Orchester Graz at the city’s Musikverein and performances with Teatro Colon Orchestra of Buenos Aires and Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo. In her home country she has collaborated with Milan’s “La Verdi” Orchestra, Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini orchestra, the Haydn Orchestra of Bolzano, the Genova, Bari, Bologna, Trieste and Verona Theater Orchestras and the Orchestra della Toscana (ORT).
The current season includes Francesca’s débuts with Gürzenich Orchester Cologne/Sir Roger Norrington at Cologne Philharmonie, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Hall, Mannheimer Philharmoniker, and sees her tour with the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra and the Het Gelders Orkest. Her international career to date has allowed her to work alongside many esteemed conductors including Gianluigi Gelmetti, Paul Goodwin, Julian Kovatchev, Yoel Levi, Wayne Marshall, Diego Matheuz, Donato Renzetti, Daniele Rustioni, Xian Zhang and the violinist Salvatore Accardo as well as perform in prestigious venues such as London’s Wigmore Hall, the Moscow Conservatory Grand Hall, Beijing’s NCPA and Rome’s Auditorium Parco della Musica.
Francesca is the 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.
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 performed at Rio de Janeiro’s Teatro Municipal at the opening of the Football World Cup in Brazil.
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.
Francesca Dego and Francesca Leonardi’s final volume of the Complete Violin Sonatas by Beethoven, featuring Nos.6, 7 and 10, was released in October 2015. Dego and her duo partner Leonardi have been playing together for over 11 years, and Beethoven’s sonatas have always been an important part of their repertoire. They have developed an original interpretation, combining informed research with enchanting youthful fervour. The duo will be touring the sonatas extensively in Italy, Croatia, China, the USA, South America and Lebanon over the coming months.
Beethoven – VIOLIN SONATAS
Beethoven Violin Sonatas Nos. 3, 4 and 9 “Kreutzer” with Francesca Dego (violin) and Francesca Leonardi (piano)
Beethoven – VIOLIN SONATAS
Beethoven Violin Sonatas Nos. 1, 2, 5 “Spring” and 8 with Francesca Dego (violin) and Francesca Leonardi (piano)
Paganini – 24 CAPRICCI
Francesca Dego (violin) plays 24 Capricci by Paganini