Violinist and Music Contractor

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FRANCESCA DARDANI

is known for the versatility of her playing, allowing her to expand her musical career as a soloist, chamber musician, leader and music contractor.

She has performed throughout Italy, The United States, England, France, Sweden, Holland, Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Performances include venues such as Carnegie Hall, David Geffen Hall, Alice Tully Hall (New York) the London BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, Snape Maltings (England) the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam) and more.

Francesca can be frequently seen leading , contracting musicians and performing all over NYC , where she is currently based, at venues like Lincoln Center, Apollo Theater, Symphony Space, Carnegie Hall, the Beacon Theater, Prudential Hall, Radio City Music Hall , Madison Square Garden and Barclays Center. She appeared on national television such as Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show, The Today Show,America’s Got Talent Season 9 and 10, The Wendy Williams Show, The David Letterman Show, Good Morning America ,PBS specials, The MET Gala, The Colbert Show, Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas, The GRAMMY Awards, iHeartRadio, Governors Ball , Live From Here (Chris Thile), Cayuga Sound Festival, TIDAL, Spotify Live Performance , VEVO Live Performance, Red Bull Music Festival .

She can be heard on original motion pictures soundtracks like “ Erased Boy”, “ I,Tonya” , “LA 92”, “The Farewell” and many commercials recordings like IBM (premiered at the Oscars 2019 ,new composition by Philip Glass), Apple, Symbicort, Canon , Lucky Charms, etc...

Francesca was recently invited to play solo violin for David Lynch at the Festival of Disruption 2018 in Brooklyn.

Popular artists she has performed and contracted musicians include Stevie Wonder (Songs In The Key Of Life tour) , Madonna, St.Vincent, Rihanna, Halsey, John Legend, Miley Cyrus, Mark Ronson, Avril Lavigne, Kesha, KYGO, Sir Paul McCartney, Jon Batiste, Elvis Costello, the Roots, Andrea Bocelli, Meghan Trainoir, Smokey Robinson, Leona Lewis, Calum Scott, OK GO, Skyler Grey, Audra Day, 50 Cent,First Aid Kit, DJ David Guetta, Ed Sheeran, Josh Groban, Camila Cabello, Bebe Rexha, Cindy Lauper, Julia Michaels, Cynthia Erivo, Shoshana Bean, Michael Bolton, 2Cellos, Shallou, Uni the Band and many more.

Francesca is also an avid chamber musician and has been invited to participate and perform in many festivals including the Mozarteum Sommerakademie (Salzburg), the Bowdoin International Music Festival, the Sarasota Music Festival, the International Holland Music Session , Aldeburgh Festival, the London Masterclasses, the Aurora Chamber Music Festival (Sweden), the IMS Prussia Cove (England) and the Edinburgh Festival (Scotland). Francesca performed for many years alongside members of the Berliner Philharmoniker, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra.

She has worked with prominent artists like Maxim Vengerov, Pamela Frank, Pavel Vernikov, Mauricio Fuks, Miriam Fried and performed under the baton of Oliver Knussen, Simon Rattle, Sir Mark Elder, Edward Gardner, Robin Ticciati, Semyon Bychkov, Mark Wigglesworth, Pablo Heras- Casado and many more.

She was a former member of the orchestra Archi De Sono String Orchestra (Torino), iPalpiti Artists (Los Angeles), Mimesis Ensemble, American Symphony Orchestra, principal second a the Britten Pears Orchestra (England), and former co-principal of the Opera Orchestra Teatro Regio (Parma). In New York City, she performed for orchestras on and off Broadway (Sweeney Todd, Hamilton, Matilda, Found).

Italian-Chinese American, Francesca was born and raised in Parma, Italy, and began her violin studies at the age of eight. Following studies at the Conservatorio A. Boito (Parma) after receiving a scholarship from DeSono Associazione (Torino, Italy), she was accepted at the Mannes College of Music in New York to study with Lewis Kaplan. She graduated with a Bachelor of Music in 2010, and continued her studies with Krzysztof Wegrzyn in Hannover (Germany). Francesca received a Master of Arts degree from the Royal Academy of Music, London, in 2013 under the tutelage of Richard Deakin.

Francesca is endorsed by REMIC Microphones since 2018.