Violinist Francesca dePasquale is the First Prize winner of the 2010 Irving M. Klein International String Competition and recipient of the prestigious 2014-2016 career grant from the Leonore Annenberg Fellowship Fund for the Performing and Visual Arts. Earning her the 2015 Classical Recording Foundation Young Artist Award, her self-titled debut album released in March of 2016 and accompanying recital tour was praised for “sincerity, intensity” and “individual voice” (Philadelphia Inquirer), and “immaculate and discreet phrasing” (Strad Magazine). Additionally, she was featured in Strings magazine and on SiriusXM, WNYC, WQXR, WRTI (Philadelphia), and WFMT (Chicago).
Since her debut at age 9, Francesca has appeared as soloist with numerous orchestras, including the Bach Festival of Philadelphia, Peninsula Symphony, and Santa Cruz Symphony. As recitalist, she has collaborated with Meng-Chieh Liu on series such as the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society and National Sawdust. An active chamber musician, Francesca has recently performed for Open Chamber Music at Prussia Cove (Cornwall, England), Fort Worth Chamber Music Society, Music in the Vineyards (Napa, CA), Olympic Music Festival, and Music@Menlo. Additionally, she has collaborated with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Knights, and A Far Cry.
Francesca is a member of the violin faculty at Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts and served as the Starling Fellow teaching assistant to Itzhak Perlman from 2013-2016 at the Juilliard School, where she is currently teaching assistant to Catherine Cho. Additionally, Francesca is a member of the violin faculty at the Heifetz International Music Institute and its Program for the Exceptionally Gifted, as well as assistant chamber music faculty for the Perlman Music Program Sarasota Residency.
Francesca graduated from the Juilliard School with a Master of Music degree, where she studied with Itzhak Perlman and Catherine Cho. As a student of Robert Lipsett, Francesca earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the Colburn School Conservatory of Music. Previous teachers include Hirono Oka and William dePasquale, with additional mentorship from Norman Carol and Arnold Steinhardt. Please visit http://francescadepasquale.com for more information.