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AUGUST 14-21 — Summer Course CastelCello - Brunnenburg


Francesco Dillon (b.Turin, 1973) already has a brilliant international career to his credit, characterised by the originality and variety of the repertoire that he has embraced. As a soloist he has performed on such prestigious concert stages as the Konzerthaus in Vienna, the Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam, the Berlin Philharmonie, the Herkulessaal of Munich, the Laeiszhalle in Hamburg, the Jordan Hall in Boston and the Colon Theatre of Buenos Aires, with such orchestras as the Italian National Radio Orchestra (RAI), the SWR Symphony Orchestra of Stuttgart, the Radio Symphony Orchestra of Vienna, the Orchestra of the Colon Theatre, Ensemble Resonanz,the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra,the Oulu Sinfonia Finland,the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra and the Tuscany Regional Orchestra (ORT). Most recently he made an acclaimed debut with the Philharmonic Orchestra of La Scala, Milan, conducted by Susanna Mallki.
Having graduated in Florence under the guidance of Andrea Nannoni, he continued his studies with Anner Bijlsma, Mario Brunello, David Geringas and Mstislav Rostropovich, thereafter studying composition with Salvatore Sciarrino.
In 1993 he was one of the founders of the Quartetto Prometeo, a chamber group of international acclaim and winner of numerous prizes (Prague Spring, ARD Munich, Bordeaux) and recently honoured with the Leone d’Argento award of the Biennale Musica of Venice. Dillon is also a stable member of the Alter Ego ensemble which is regularly invited to the major contemporary music festivals around the world. His passion for chamber music has led to performances with musicians such as Irvine Arditti, Mario Brunello, Giuliano Carmignola, Piero Farulli, David Geringas, Veronika Hagen, Alexander Lonquich, Enrico Pace, Jean-Guihen Queyras. The profound interest in contemporary music which he has always cultivated has led to solid collaborations with the major composers of our time: Gavin Bryars, Ivan Fedele, Luca Francesconi, Stefano Gervasoni, Philip Glass, Vinko Globokar, Sofija Gubaidulina, Jonathan Harvey, Toshio Hosokawa, Giya Kancheli, Alexander Knaifel, Helmut Lachenmann, David Lang, Alvin Lucier, Arvo Pärt, Henri Pousseur, Steve Reich, Fausto Romitelli, Kaija Saariaho, Salvatore Sciarrino and with cult experimental musicians such as Matmos, and Pansonic, William Basinsky and John Zorn.
Dillon's performances have been transmitted by such important broadcasters as the BBC, RAI, ARD, Radio France, ORF, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and WDR.
He has recorded for the ECM label, as well as Sony, Kairos, Ricordi, Stradivarius, Die Schachtel, Mode and Touch. He recently recorded for the first time, Variations by Salvatore Sciarrino which received the Diapason d’0r prize, and Ballata by Giacinto Scelsi, both with the Italian National Radio Orchestra (RAI). As a duo with the pianist Emanuele Torquati, he has brought out three CDs of rare music of Schumann and the complete works for cello by Franz Liszt for Brilliant Classics.
Along with his concert activity there have been teaching experiences in institutions such as the Royal College of London, the Scuola di musica di Fiesole, the Tchaikovsky Conservatory of Moscow, the Pacific University in California, Untref-Buenos Aires, Manchester University.
From 2010 he has been artistic director of the season of contemporary music Music@villaromana in Florence.

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,

"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

Salvatore Sciarrino - Melencolia I (1980)

with Emanuele Torquati (piano).

Lorenzo Pagliei | A.L.M.A.

with Orchestra della Toscana | Direttore Francesco Lanzillotta.
Live recording of world première Teatro Verdi - Firenze September 24 2015. Festival Play It! 2015.