Francesca Dego (b. 1989, Lecco, Italy), according to listeners and music critics, is one of the best Italian performers of the new generation. Literally taking off on the steps of her professional career, now she performs as a soloist and as a violinist of chamber orchestras with concerts in Italy, USA, Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay, Israel, Great Britain, Ireland, France, Belgium, Austria, Germany, Switzerland.
In October, Deutsche Grammophon released her debut CD of 24 Paganini Capricci performed on a Guarneri violin owned by Ruggiero Ricci. The winner of many reputable national and international competitions, in 2008 Dego became the first Italian violinist since 1961 to reach the final of the Paganini Prize and won the Enrico Costa Special Prize as the youngest finalist.
Salvatore Accardo wrote about her: “… one of the most extraordinary talents I have ever heard. It has a brilliant impeccable technique, a beautiful, soft, charming sound. Her musical reading is completely independent, but at the same time respectful of the score.
After graduating with honors from the Milan Conservatory, Dego continued her studies with maestro Daniel Gay and Salvatore Accardo at the Staufer Academy of Cremona and the Chijan Academy of Siena, as well as with Itzhak Rashkovsky at the Royal College of Music in London, where she received a second diploma in musical performance.
Dego made her debut at the age of seven in California with a concert of works by Bach, at the age of 14 she performed a program of Beethoven’s compositions in Italy, at 15 she performed a Brahms concert in the famous Verdi Hall in Milan with an orchestra conducted by György Gyorivany-Rat. A year later, Shlomo Mintz invited Dego to play Mozart’s Symphony Concerto with him at the Tel Aviv Opera House. Since then, she has performed as a soloist with well-known orchestras, including the La Scala Chamber Orchestra, the Sofia Festival Orchestra, the European Union Chamber Orchestra, the orchestra of the Colon Opera Theater of Buenos Aires, the Milan Symphony Orchestra. Verdi, Symphony Orchestra. Arturo Toscanini, Soloists of Rostov, Symphony Orchestra of the Bologna Opera Theatre, Israeli Symphony Orchestra “Sinfonietta” of Beersheba, Baku Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra named after. Haydn City Philharmonic of Bolzano and Trento, the Turin Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa, the Milan Symphony Orchestra “Musical Evenings”, the London Royal Chamber Orchestra “Simfinietta”, the Orchestra of the Regional Philharmonic of Tuscany. Dego is eagerly invited by eminent musicians and conductors Salvatore Accardo, Filippo Maria Bressan, Gabriele Ferro, Bruno Giuranna, Christopher Franklin, Gianluigi Gelmetti, Julian Kovachev, Wayne Marshall, Antonio Meneses, Shlomo Mintz, Domenico Nordio, Paolo Olmi, Daniele Rustioni, Peter Stark, Zhang Xian.
Recent engagements include debut performances at the Wigmore Hall and the Royal Albert Hall in London, Brussels (concert of Mendelssohn’s works), Austria and France at the Reims Classical Music Festival; Verdi, performances with the Orchestra of the Bologna Opera House, the Orchestra of the Colon Buenos Aires Opera House under the baton of Shlomo Mintz, performance of works by Brahms and Sibelius in the Milan Auditorium concert hall with maestro Zhang Xian and Wayne Marshall at the conductor’s stand, music by Prokofiev with the Turin Philharmonic Orchestra and the Milan Symphony Orchestra (opens the 2012/2013 musical season), Beethoven with the Tuscany Regional Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Gabriele Ferro, concerts in Pavia with the La Scala Academy Orchestra, in Orlando (Florida, USA), Mozart with the Padua Chamber Orchestra, Bach with chamber orchestra of the La Scala theater, another program in the concert hall. G. Verdi as part of the concerts held by the Society of the Musical Quartet, participation as a soloist in the musical events “For Peace” in Bethlehem and Jerusalem, which the RAI broadcast on Intervision.
In the near future, Dego will tour Italy, the USA, Argentina, Peru, Lebanon, Austria, Belgium, France, Israel, Switzerland and the UK.
Two discs recorded by Dego with pianist Francesca Leonardi (Sipario Dischi 2005 and 2006) were critically acclaimed.
In 2011, Dego performed French sonatas by WideClassique. A recording of a Beethoven concerto performed by her at the age of 14 was used as a soundtrack for the American documentary “Gerson’s Miracle”, awarded the “Golden Bough 2004” at the Beverly Hills Film Festival. Large fragments of her second disc were also included in the soundtrack, this time they were chosen by the eminent American director Steve Kroschel for the 2008 film The Charm of Truth.
Francesca Dego plays the Francesco Ruggieri violin (1697, Cremona) and also, with the kind permission of the Florian Leonhard Fine Violins Violin Foundation of London, the Guarneri violin (1734, Cremona), once owned by Ruggiero Ricci.