Spanish-born violinist Francisco Fullana, winner of a 2018 Avery Fisher Career Grant, the 2015 Pro Musicis International Award, and the 2014 Johannes Brahms International Violin Competition, has been hailed as a "rising star" (BBC Music Magazine), an "amazing talent" (conductor Gustavo Dudamel), and "a paragon of delicacy" (San Francisco Classical Voice). His Carnegie Hall recital debut in 2016 was noted for its “joy and playfulness in collaboration; it was perfection” (New York Classical Review).
A native of Mallorca in the Balearic Islands of Spain, Francisco is making a name for himself as both a performer and a leader of innovative educational institutions. As an orchestral soloist he has performed with the Bayerischen Philharmonie, Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Madrid Symphony Orchestra, Spanish Radio Television Orchestra, Venezuela’s Teresa Careño Orchestra, and numerous U.S. ensembles including the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Buffalo Philharmonic, and the Vancouver, Pacific, Alabama, and Maryland symphony orchestras. He has worked with such noted conductors as Gustavo Dudamel, Sir Colin Davis, Carlos Izcaray, Alondra de la Parra, Christoph Poppen, Jeannette Sorrell, and Joshua Weilerstein.
In 2018 Orchid Classics released Mr. Fullana’s acclaimed debut recording Through the Lens of Time, which includes Max Richter’s 2012 composition The Four Seasons Recomposed—performed with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under Carlos Izcaray—along with 20th century solo violin and violin-piano works by Alfred Schnittke, Salvador Brotons, and Isang Yun. Scheduled for June 2020 release is his second solo CD on Orchid Classics, Bach’s Long Shadow, which will include two Bach partitas and works by Albéniz, Tarrega, Ysaÿe, and Kreisler. He performs repertoire from that album in his January 2020 recital debut at Kravis Center for the Performing Arts. Other highlights from Mr. Fullana’s 2019-20 season include a recital debut in December at The Phillips Collection in Washington, DC and engagements with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, the Shreveport and Vancouver (WA) symphonies, and the Heartland Festival Orchestra in Illinois.
Active as a chamber musician, Francisco is a performing member of The Bowers Program at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and has participated in the Marlboro Music Festival, the Musicians from Marlboro tours, the Perlman Music Program, the Da Camera Society, and the Yellow Barn, Music@Menlo, Mainly Mozart, Music in the Vineyards, and Newport music festivals. His musical collaborators have included Viviane Hagner, Nobuko Imai, Charles Neidich, Mitsuko Uchida, and members of the Guarneri, Juilliard, Pacifica, Takács, and Cleveland quartets.
Born into a family of educators, Francisco first studied with Bernat Pomar in his hometown of Palma de Mallorca and later graduated from the Royal Conservatory of Madrid, where he matriculated under the tutelage of Manuel Guillén. He received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from The Juilliard School following studies with Donald Weilerstein and Masao Kawasaki, and holds an Artist Diploma from the USC Thornton School of Music, where he worked with the renowned violinist Midori.
In 2015 Francisco was honored with First Prize in Japan’s Munetsugu Angel Violin Competition, as well as all four of that competition’s special prizes including the Audience and Orchestra awards. Additional awards include first prizes at the Julio Cardona International Violin Competition and the Pablo Sarasate Competition.
Francisco is a committed innovator, leading new institutions of musical education for young people. He is a co-founder of San Antonio’s Classical Music Summer Institute, where he currently serves as Chamber Music Director. He also created the Fortissimo Youth Initiative, a series of Baroque and Classical music seminars and performances with youth orchestras, which aims to explore and deepen young musicians’ understanding of 18th-century music. The seminars are deeply immersive, thrusting youngsters into the sonic world of a single composer while inspiring them to channel their overwhelming energy in the service of vibrant older styles of musical expression. The results can be galvanic, and Francisco continues to build on these educational models.
He currently performs on the 1735 "Mary Portman" ex-Kreisler Guarneri del Gesù violin, kindly on loan from Clement and Karen Arrison through the Stradivari Society of Chicago.
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