Violinist Francesca Dardani is known for the versatility of her playing, allowing her to expand her musical career as a soloist, chamber musician, leader, session musician and music contractor.
She has performed throughout Europe and the Americas. Performances include concert halls such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the London BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, Snape Maltings (England) the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam) and more.
She was recently invited for a a 9 month tour with Madonna for the MadameX Tour.
Francesca can be frequently seen performing all over NYC , where she is currently based, at venues like the Apollo Theater, , 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 NPR , 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 , What Breaks the Ice and many commercials recordings like IBM (premiered at the Oscars 2019 as a new composition by Philip Glass), Apple, Symbicort, Canon , Lucky Charms, etc...
Popular artists she has performed, recorded and contracted musicians include Stevie Wonder (Songs In The Key Of Life tour) , Madonna (MadameX tour), St.Vincent, Rihanna, Halsey, John Legend, Miley Cyrus, Mark Ronson, Avril Lavigne, Kesha, Lykke Li, KYGO, Sir Paul McCartney, Jon Batiste, Elvis Costello, the Roots, Andrea Bocelli, Meghan Trainoir, Smokey Robinson, Leona Lewis, Calum Scott, Yebba, 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 and Shallou, among many others. She was recently invited to play solo violin for David Lynch at the Festival of Disruption 2018 in Brooklyn.
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 classical 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 had performed for orchestras on and off Broadway like Sweeney Todd, Hamilton: An American Musical, Matilda and 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 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.