bio

Francesco Dillon completed his studies with A.Nannoni in Firenze. Other very influential teachers were D. Geringas, M. Brunello and A. Baldovino and for the composition S. Sciarrino.
Beside his intense solo activity (recent successful debut in Munich Biennale with ORF Wien, and Orchestra nazionale della RAI, Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana, Orchestra dei Pomeriggi Musicli, Orchestra Haydn, Orchestra Filarmonica Marchigiana among the others) he's very active as cellist of the Quartetto Prometeo (which tours regularly all over the world).His deep interest in contemporary music led him to collaborate closely with the most important composers of today such as G. Bryars, P. Glass, V. Globokar, S.Gubaidulina, J. Harvey, T. Hosokawa, G. Kancheli, A. Knaifel, H. Lachenmann, B. Lang, D. Lang, A. Lucier, A. Part, H. Pousseur, S. Reich, F. Romitelli, K. Saariaho, S. Sciarrino, J. Zorn.
As a member of the internationally acclaimed group AlterEgo and as a soloist, he is invited to play in all the major contemporary music festivals. He regularly plays chamber music with partners such as I.Arditti, G. Carmignola, P. Farulli, V. Hagen, A. Lonquich, E. Pace, R. Schmidt, S. Scodanibbio. He won several competitions and with the quartet prizes at Prague spring (1st prize 1998), ARD Munich, Bordeaux. His performances are broadcasted by BBC, ARD, Radio France, ORF, ABC, RAI, a.o.
He recorded for the labels Aulos, Brilliant, Dynamic, ECM, Kairos, Ricordi, Stradivarius, Die Schachtel and Touch. His most recent releases are the first world recordings of Variazioni for cello and orchestra by Sciarrino ,rewarded with the prestigious "Diapason d'or" , the recently discovered Ballata by Scelsi with RAI Orchestra, an album of Schumann rarities and the complete cello works by Liszt for Brilliant Classics. He has taught in the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole for more then 10 years and given masterclasses for various national and international institutions such as Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, Pacific University (Us), Untref in Buenos Aires, Manchester University.
Since 2010 he is artistic director of the contemporary music series Music@villaromana in Firenze.

italian version

“[…] He brought absolute involvement and reverence to the demanding instrumental techniques and strange sonic stances called for in Harvey’s scores. A surprising, weird whistling came out of his amplified instrument in Curve with Plateaux. Like Curve, Advaya had moments where Dillon tangentially emoted; some of these moments were mysteriously reminiscent of expression found in traditional folk music from the Middle East, perhaps” (David Patterson - The Boston musical intelligencer)

”Un violoncellista liquido dalla curiosità sconfinata per il passato e il presente. Che non teme di pronunciare la parola "radicale".(G. Moppi, Repubblica.it)

"Che stia suonando una suite di Bach o un quartetto di Beethoven, che si confronti con le elucubrazioni digitali di Alva Noto, o con i guizzi improvvisativi di Dean Roberts, a Francesco Dillon interessa trattare il suono come fosse materia viva e cangiante, infinitamente malleabile. Un suono dall’impatto non solo intellettuale ma emotivo, tangibile, fisico." (Vincenzo Santarcangelo, SentireAscoltare)

"Dillon è un ottimo esempio di quella nuova figura di musicista “colto” […]: cioè un musicista dal solido background accademico e classico, ma dotato di un'apertura e di una curiosità musicale ad ampissimo raggio; non solo attivamente impegnato nella scena contemporanea internazionale e in stretti rapporti con gli interpreti e compositori di quella scena, ma anche direttamente coinvolto negli sviluppi più interessanti, innovativi o sperimentali delle musiche extra-colte attuali." (Fabio Strada, all about jazz.com)

Ivan Fedele - Suite Francese n.3

cello solo. (Moscow, 2011)

Liszt - Die Zelle in Nonnenwerth

F. Dillon - cello, E. Torquati - piano

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