“A highly intelligent young violinist, of deep commitment and dedication”.
Francisco Jimeno is a Spanish violinist based in London. He is a great enthusiast and promoter of the contemporary repertoire and has been working with several composers in the creation and premiere of new works for violin.
His collaboration with the Catalan composer David Bozzo has resulted in several pieces for solo violin, string quartet and violin and piano, with an active role in its review, publication and premiere. The premiere of the violin concerto took place in St James Piccadilly, London, in 2015, with the Philharmonia Britannica. Francisco recorded a CD with Bozzo solo violin music, which was released in September 2014 and it is available on iTunes and Spotify.
Other performances with contemporary works include the premiere in the United Kingdom of Claudia Montero's violin concerto, awarded a Latin Grammy in 2014, performed with the London City Orchestra. He has recently performed contemporary works for symphonic wind band and violin such as Pendus by David Bozzo and Latent Emotions by Oscar Navarro under the baton of Daniel Olmos. His latest project includes a series of concerts with new violin solo works that composers from several countries have dedicated to him. The concerts at the Palau de la Música in Valencia and in several venues in Barcelona were a success.
In London he is developing a freelance career and has been concertmaster of several orchestras, such as London Classical Soloists and London City Orchestra. In Spain he has been concertmaster of Symphonia Orbitalis, and performed the double violin concert by Malcolm Arnold with them in July 2017.
Francisco has a great experience in chamber music and has performed in prestigious halls such as St. Martin-in-the-Fields and Wigmore Hall. He has participated in master classes with members of the Wihan Quartet, the Danish String Quartet and the Carducci Quartet. He is currently the first violin of the London City Quartet, with which he has made a tour in Spain and recorded the works for string quartet of the composer David Bozzo, and also the quartet No. 10 of Schubert, available on iTunes and Spotify.
Francisco is an expert in Musical Analysis and Interpretation from the University of Oviedo and has a Master's in Interpretation from Trinity College London, conducted under the tutelage of the prestigious violinist Mayumi Fujikawa. He has completed his studies with prestigious violinists such as Yossi Zivoni, Vasko Vassilev, Michael Thomas and Manuel Puig, among others.
In addition to his musical career, Francisco has a PhD in History. He has a degree in Humanities from the Universitat Jaume I, where he taught Spanish Contemporary History, and has been an associate researcher at Queen Mary University in London.