“A highly intelligent young violinist, of deep commitment and dedication”.
Francisco obtained his Bachelor Degree in Violin Studies at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Castellón in Spain. He continued his studies at the Universidad de Oviedo, obtaining the title of Expert in Musical Analysis and Performance. He followed classes with Manuel Puig (Orquesta de Radiotelevisión Española), Michael Thomas (Brodsky Quartet), Christopher Blezien (Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory), and Vasko Vassilev (Royal Opera House, London), amongst others. For two years, Francisco studied with Yossi Zivoni (Royal College of Music, London) and in July 2011 he completed a Masters Degree in Violin Performance at Trinity College of Music in London, under the guidance of Mayumi Fujikawa.
Francisco attained an Honorary Mention in the International Violin Competition of Vinaroz and won First Prize in the Chamber Music Competition of Vinaroz, organised by Juventudes Musicales, where he played first violin in the Fermata Quintet.
From September 2009 to April 2012, Francisco developed his chamber music skills playing first violin in the Billroth Quartet in London, performing in venues such as St. Martin-in-the-Fields and Wigmore Hall. The Billroth Quartet was the quartet in residence of the Newham Academy of Music in 2010 and 2011. He also participated in master-classes with members of the Wihan String Quartet, the Danish String Quartet and the Carducci Quartet. From September 2011, Francisco played in Montero Dúo, for violin and piano, which toured Spain in November 2012, performing in Barcelona, Castellón and Valencia. He was first violin in the Zola String Quartet which played a series of concerts in London and Barcelona in 2014.
Since June 2011, Francisco has been working with the Spanish composer David Bozzo in the creation of a violin concerto that he will premiere in London in March 2015 with the Philharmonia Britannica. He is also working on several pieces for solo violin and pieces for violin and piano, some of which have already been published. He recorded a CD with Bozzo’s pieces for solo violin that was released in September 2014.
Francisco has led several youth orchestras, such as Orquestra Plana Baixa, Orquestra Supramúsica, Jove Orquestra Simfónica de Castelló, as well as the orchestra of the Conservatorio Mestre Tárrega. He led the Arts Musicals de Castellón Orchestra, whilst also being President of the Association that supports it. He has performed as a soloist with all these orchestras, playing a wide repertoire ranging from Baroque to Contemporary music.
Francisco was previously a member of several professional orchestras, including the Orquesta Sinfónica de Castellón, Orquesta Sinfónica de Gijón and the Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias. In London, he is developing a freelance career and has been leading some orchestras and played with members of important orchestras as St martin in the Fields, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphonic Orchestra and Philharmonia, among others.
In addition to his musical career, Francisco has a Degree in Humanities from the Universitat Jaume I, where he was formerly a lecturer in Spanish Contemporary History. He is now enrolled in further Doctorate studies in Spanish Contemporary History.