Welcome to Francisco Fullana's 2016/17 Season!
Violinist Francisco Fullana who, at the age of 26, has already appeared on the world's leading stages and in collaboration with some of today's most prominent artists, is celebrating several landmark performances in the months ahead. Important debuts at renowned venues, commissioning projects with several orchestras to celebrate the centennial of Leonard Bernstein, the release of his debut recording, and an important appointment with a major chamber orchestra are but a few of the highlights that lie ahead.
Exciting Recital Debuts
Francisco, winner of the coveted Pro Musicis International Award in 2015, will be making two exciting and important recital debuts this Fall: one in Boston at the Edward M. Pickman Concert Hall (October 29) and the other at Weill Recital Hall (November 1) at New York's famed Carnegie Hall. Both concerts are presented by Pro Musicis and feature a collaboration with award-winning pianist, David Fung. The programs, which include the music of J.S. Bach, Yun, Jofre (New York only), Pärt (Boston only), Mozart, and R. Strauss, will brilliantly showcase Francisco's diverse and dynamic artistry.  

On October 26 at 9:00 p.m., in advance of his Weill Recital Hall appearance, Francisco will be featured on New York's WQXR Radio in a special interview conducted by Robert Sherman.

New Appointment: The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
Francisco has just been named principal violinist of The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra (SPCO), a position that is uniquely suited to allow for him to enjoy his collaborative career with the ensemble while also cultivating and developing independent projects. SPCO is primarily an unconducted ensemble that works in close collaboration with a diverse series of artistic partners. The orchestra's current artistic partners are Jonathan Cohen, Jeremy Denk, Martin Fröst, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Pekka Kuusisto and Thomas Zehetmair.

In addition, Francisco will be playing two concerti with the ensemble over the next two years as well as being a featured artist in a number of upcoming chamber music pieces throughout the SPCO's coming season. Performances include Buxtehude's Sonata in C for Two Violins, Viola da Gamba and Continuo (September 23-25), Stravinsky's Suite from The Soldier's Tale and Schoenfield's Trio for Violin, Clarinet and Piano (November 11-13), Strauss's Sonata in E-flat for Violin and Piano (December 2-4) and Bach's Double Violin Concerto (April 6-9).

Artistic Director and fellow Principal Violinist Kyu-Young Kim welcomed Francisco on the SPCO blog. Read his interview here.
Commissioning Project
Francisco has teamed up with composer and bandoneonist JP Jofre for a new double concerto for bandoneon and violin that Jofre is currently writing to celebrate Leonard Bernstein's Centennial. The inspiration for this work comes from Plato's  Symposium, a book on which Bernstein based his  Serenade , for violin and orchestra. Three different orchestras from both Spain and the United States have commissioned this new work, which will be toured in Europe, Latin America, and the United States during the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons.

On Tour with Musicians 
from Marlboro

In December, Francisco embarks on a Musicians from Marlboro concert tour with flutist Joshua Smith, violist Maiya Papach, cellist Deborah Pae and pianist Cynthia Raim. Tour dates will take them to Greenwich, New York City, Washington, DC, Philadelphia and Boston.

Debut Recording on Orchid Classics

Orchid Classics will release Francisco's debut recording in 2017, which will include Max Richter's Four Seasons Recomposed and feature a collaboration with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Carlos Izcaray. More details will be announced this winter.

Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City
Looking Ahead: Concertos and More Concertos  

Francisco will be racking up the frequent flyer miles as he makes numerous appearances with orchestras in the US and abroad this spring and summer. Here are some of the highlights:  In January, in his second year as artist-in-residence of the  Orquesta Sinfónica de las Islas Baleares, he  performs Bartok's second Violin Concerto. The following month, he will make his debut with  the Alabama Symphony Orchestra performing Max Richter's  The Four  Seasons Recomposed for Violin and Orchestra. Then onto Boston for a program that includes the Sibelius Violin Concerto in Jordan Hall with the Atlantic Symphony. J.S. Bach's Violin Concerto in E major will be the centerpiece of a program with the Lyra Festival Orchester in Zürich,  Switzerland in May. That same month, he will head from Europe to Mexico to perform  Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto with the Guanajuato Symphony, and then on to Nagoya, Japan to perform Dvořák's Violin Concerto with the Central Aichi Symphony Orchestra.
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