Sophie Zhai

Spanish violinist Francisco Fullana is acclaimed for his performances in both Europe and the U.S. Fullana has been praised as a "rising star" (BBC Music Magazine), an "amazing talent" (Gustavo Dudamel) and "a paragon of delicacy" (San Francisco’s Classical Voice). His recital debut at Carnegie Hall was noted for his “joy and playfulness in collaboration; it was perfection” (New York Classical Review). 

Upcoming engagements include debuts with the Buffalo Philharmonic and Alabama Symphony, Metropolis Ensemble and The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and return concerto performances with Xalapa, Central Aichi (Japan), Extremadura and Balearic Islands Symphonies, as well as the San Antonio Chamber Orchestra. Upcoming recital and chamber music appearances include Music in the Vineyards, SPCO Liquid Music, Newport, VIVO and Yellow Barn Music Festivals, and the Concordia and Jupiter Chamber Players. Starting in 2018, Fullana has been invited to join the prestigious roster of Lincoln Center's Chamber Music Society Two.

Orchid Classics will release Fullana’s new recording in March 2018, which includes Max Richter’s “Four Seasons Recomposed” with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under Carlos Izcaray, curated in conjunction with a series of contemporary solo works that examine the tradition of baroque music. His ongoing collaboration with Argentinian bandoneonist J.P. Jofre will culminate with the 2018 premiere of Jofre’s Double Concerto for bandoneon and violin, a work commissioned by the Balearic Islands Symphony, San Antonio Chamber Orchestra and New York City’s Metropolis Ensemble to honor Bernstein’s Centennial. 

An advocate of music education for young people, Fullana co-founded San Antonio’s Classical Music Institute which will hold its third session next summer. He also created the Fortissimo Youth Initiative, a series of baroque and classical music seminars and performances with youth orchestras which aims to explore and deepen young musicians’ understanding of 18th century music. 

Highlights of past seasons include a Mendelssohn Violin Concerto performance under the late Sir Colin Davis and Bayerische Philarmonie as well as concerto appearances with the Bavarian Radio Orchestra, both presented by Lyra Foundation. Fullana has appeared with the Vancouver, Madrid and Hof Symphonies and the Spanish Radio Television Orchestra, and taken part in the Marlboro Music and "Musicians from Marlboro" tours. He has performed in several series including Da Camera Society, Music@Menlo, Perlman Music Program, Yellow Barn, Concordia and Jupiter Chamber Players, alongside members of the Guarneri, Juilliard, Pacifica, Takacs and Cleveland Quartets -- and has performed with renowned artists Viviane Hagner, Nobuko Imai, Charles Neidich and Mitsuko Uchida, among others. 

In 2015, Fullana received the Pro Musicis International Award and took First Prize in the Munetsugu International Violin Competition in Japan, along with all four special prizes including the Audience and Orchestra awards. In 2014, he was awarded First Prize in the “Johannes Brahms.” Other competition wins include First Prizes at the Julio Cardona International and Pablo de Sarasate National Violin Competitions.

A graduate of The Julliard School where he received bachelor's and master's degrees, studying with Don Weilerstein and Masao Kawasaki, Fullana is pursuing an artist diploma at the University of Southern California under the renowned violinist Midori Goto. He started violin with Bernat Pomar in his hometown of Palma de Mallorca, Spain, and graduated from the Royal Conservatory of Madrid, where he studied with Manuel Guillén. 


Fullana currently performs on the 1735 "Mary Portman" ex-Kreisler Guarneri del Gesu violin, kindly on loan from Clement and Karen Arrison through the Stradivari Society of Chicago.

  • ... A continuous display of nuanced genius playing ...
    — El Mundo
  • ... A paragon of delicacty ...
    — San Francisco Classical Voice
  • ... A rising young virtuoso of outstanding potential ...
    — The Violin Channel
  • ... An amazing talent ...
    — Gustavo Dudamel
  • Rising Star
    — BBC Music Magazine