Francesca Piccioni

Francesca Piccioni

Francesca Piccioni, viola

Born in Siena in 1984 Francesca studied the violin since she was a child and graduated with 19 at the Conservatorio Luigi Cherubini in Firenze. 

Having always also played the viola for fun, she officially started studying it in 2006 under the guidance of Antonello Farulli. In July 2008 she graduated with top marks at the Conservatorio Giovanni Battista Martini in Bologna.

In this studying period she became a member of the Orchestra Giovanile Italiana di Fiesole, the Gustav Mahler Jugend Orchester, the European Union Youth Orchestra, the Orchestra Cherubini and the Accademia dell’ Orchestra Mozart, often chosen as a section leader.

In 2009 Francesca moved to Berlin to continue her studies at the Hanns Eisler Hochschule für Musik with Pauline Sachse, where she also worked with Tabea Zimmermann, Wilfried Strehle and Ulrich Knörzer.  At the same time she attended masterclasses with Hatto Beyerle and Simone Briatore. 

Francesca’s love for chamber music naturally evolved into being part of a string quartet. In 2009 she became violist of the Quartetto Lyskamm  and shared with her colleagues a learning path full of fascinating encounters, like the ones with the members of Artemis Quartet (at the UdK – Berlin) and the Casals Quartet, Hatto Beyerle, Johannes Meissl, Christophe Coin, the Ecma circuit and Heime Müller (at the  Musik Hochschule Lübeck). After years of masterclasses, competitions and concert in the most important venues, the quartet activity became crucial part of Francesca’s life.

Since the studies in Fiesole, Francesca cultivated her interest in contemporary music attending seminars with Carlo Boccadoro, Paolo Arcà and Adriano Guarnieri. Lately she collaborated with composers like Marco Stroppa, Emanuele Casale, Giulia Lorusso, Vittorio Montalti, Toshio Osokawa, Colin Matthews, Diana Soh, Ofir Klemperer and Steven Kazuo Takasugi. She recently took part in projects with Klangforum Wien and Schallfeld Ensenble in Graz. 

Besides, as a free lance musician, she collaborates with many orchestras such as the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Kammerakademie Potsdam, the Geneva Camerata, the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, the Orchestra dell’ Accademia di Santa Cecilia, the Rundfunksymphonieorchester Berlin and the Orchestra della Toscana.

Since 2009 Francesca has been playing regularly with the Orchestra Mozart  founded and conducted until 2014 by Claudio Abbado. 

She teaches bachelor studies in viola at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole. 

Francesca is member of the the “Spira mirabilis” project.

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