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Francesca dePasquale

Violinist

Described by critics as “scintillating” and celebrated for her “rich, expressive playing” (Musical America), violinist Francesca dePasquale is the First Prize winner of the 2010 Irving M. Klein International String Competition and recipient of the prestigious 2014 – 2016 career grant from the Leonore Annenberg Fellowship Fund for the Performing and Visual Arts. Earning her the 2015 Classical Recording Foundation Young Artist Award, her self-titled debut album released in March of 2016 encompasses works that scope from J.S. Bach to a new commission from composer Paola Prestini for violin and electronics. For the album and accompanying recital tour, Ms. dePasquale was praised for “sincerity, intensity” and “individual voice” (Philadelphia Inquirer), and “immaculate and discreet phrasing” (Strad Magazine). Additionally, she was featured in Strings magazine and on SiriusXM, WNYC, WQXR, WRTI (Philadelphia), and WFMT (Chicago).

Ms. dePasquale is a member of the violin faculty at Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts and served as the Starling Fellow teaching assistant to Itzhak Perlman from 2013-2016 at the Juilliard School, where she is currently teaching assistant to Catherine Cho. Additionally, she is a member of the violin faculty at the Heifetz Institute Program for the Exceptionally Gifted.

Ms. dePasquale graduated from the Juilliard School with a Master of Music degree, where she studied with Itzhak Perlman and Catherine Cho. As a student of Robert Lipsett, she earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the Colburn School Conservatory of Music. Previous teachers include Hirono Oka and William dePasquale, with additional mentorship from Norman Carol and Arnold Steinhardt.

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