Described by critics as “scintillating” and
celebrated for her “rich, expressive playing” (MusicalAmerica), violinist
Francesca dePasquale leads a dynamic career of performance, pedagogy, and
community engagement. Francesca 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
encompasses works that scope from Bach to a new commission from composer Paola
Prestini for violin and electronics. For the album and accompanying recital
tour, Francesca 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 as soloist at age 9 touring Spain
with the Main Line Chamber Orchestra, Francesca has appeared as soloist with
numerous orchestras, including the Bach Festival of Philadelphia,
Colburn Orchestra, Galesburg Symphony, Peninsula Symphony, and Santa Cruz
Symphony. As recitalist, she has collaborated with artists Meng-Chieh Liu,
Natalie Zhu, John Root, and Reiko Uchida on series such as the Philadelphia
Chamber Music Society, In Situ at National Sawdust, California Music Center,
and the Perlman Music Program.
An avid chamber musician, Francesca
has performed with renowned artists Paul Coletti, Thomas Cooley, Jennifer
Frautschi, Nicholas Kitchen, Ronald Leonard, Robert Levin, Merry Peckham, Itzhak
Perlman, Jeffrey Sykes, Roger Tapping, Richard Todd, and Donald Weilerstein.
She has performed for Marinus Ensemble, Fort Worth Chamber Music Society,
Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players, Manhattan Chamber Players, Music in the
Vineyards, Olympic Music Festival, Music@Menlo, Colburn Chamber Music Society,
and the Perlman Music Program. Francesca is the violinist of the Aletheia Piano
Trio alongside pianist Fei-Fei Dong and cellist Juliette Herlin. Additionally,
she has collaborated with dancers Isabella Boylston and James Whiteside for the
Fall for Dance Festival alongside composer Stefan Levin, as well as performed
with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Brooklyn based orchestral collective
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
Institute Program for the Exceptionally Gifted.
classical music outreach and its power to connect entire communities, Francesca
has served as a mentor for the Youth Orchestra Los Angeles program, appeared on
the Philadelphia Orchestra Sound All Around series, and traveled to São Paulo,
Brazil for an educational residency of Juilliard Global.
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. Francesca
performs on a 1968 Sergio Peresson violin and a François Nicolas Voirin bow.