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Acclaimed for his performances in both Europe and the US, Spanish violinist Francisco Fullana is enjoying a diverse international career of concerto and recital appearances as well as a wide array of collaborations as a chamber musician. Praised by Gustavo Dudamel as a “remarkable talent”, The Boston Globe called him “a very special violinist”. Performance highlights include Brahms Concerto under Gustavo Dudamel  and his recital at Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall as the winner of the 2015 Pro Musicis International Award. Francisco has also recently made his concerto debuts with Alabama, Dana Point, Guanajuato, Irvine, Maryland and Pacific Symphonies and the State Chapella of Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Francisco is currently in his second season as artist in residence for the Balearic Islands Symphony Orchestra, performing Bartok 2nd Violin Concerto under Eivind Gullberg Jensen. Other upcoming engagements include debuts with the Buffalo Philharmonic, San Antonio and Xalapa Symphony Orchestras, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Lyra Chamber Orchestra (Switzerland) and return concerto performances with the Guanajuato (Mexico), Central Aichi (Japan) and Atlantic Symphonies. Recital and chamber music appearances include Music in the Vineyards, Liquid Music and Newport Music Festivals, Concordia and Jupiter Chamber Players, as well as a recital tour of Japan with pianist David Fung.

Next winter, Orchid Classics will release Fullana’s new recording, which includes Max Richter’s “Four Seasons Recomposed” with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under Carlos Izcaray. Looking ahead, his ongoing collaboration with Argentinian bandoneonist JP Jofre will culminate in 2018 with the premiere of Jofre’s Double Concerto for bandoneon and violin, a work commissioned by the Balearic Islands Symphony, San Antonio Chamber Orchestra and NYC’s Metropolis Ensemble to honor Bernstein’s Centennial.

Highlights of past seasons have included 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. Francisco has also appeared with the Vancouver, Madrid and Hof Symphonies and the Spanish Radio Television Orchestra, under conductors such as Gustavo Dudamel, Eivind Gullberg Jensen,  Adrian Leaper, Alondra de la Parra and Christoph Poppen among many others. Other concerto engagements have included performances with “El Sistema” Symphony Orchestra, Hof Symphony, Extremadura Symphony and many others. His music has been heard in concerts halls all over the world: Spain, USA, Germany, Switzerland, Venezuela, Israel, Argentina, Italy, Portugal, South Korea, Mexico and Japan; in front of distinguished audiences that have included the King and Queen of Spain.

The First Prize winner of the 2015 Munetsugu International Violin Competition in Japan, Francisco was also awarded all four special prizes, including the Audience and Orchestra awards. He was also awarded First Prize at the 2014 “Johannes Brahms” and Julio Cardona International Violin Competitions,  the Pablo de Sarasate National Violin Competition , as well the Maria Paula Alonso Award.

An accomplished chamber musician, Francisco was recently invited to join the roster of the prestigious Lincoln Center's Chamber Music Society Two starting in 2018. He has been part of Marlboro Music and "Musicians from Marlboro" tours and has performed in the Da Camera Society, Music@Menlo, Perlman Music Program, Yellow Barn, Concordia and Jupiter Chamber Players, alongside members of the Guarneri, Juilliard, Takacs and Cleveland Quartets. He has also performed with renowned artists Viviane Hagner, Nobuko Imai, Charles Neidich and Mitsuko Uchida and others. Fullana is the co-founder  of COSA’s Chamber Music Institute in San Antonio and since 2016, the Principal Violinist of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.

A graduate of The Juilliard School, where he obtained Bachelor and Master degrees with Don Weilerstein and Masao Kawasaki, he is currently pursuing an Artist Diploma at the University of Southern California under the renowned violinist Midori Goto. Francisco started violin with Bernat Pomar in his hometown of Palma de Mallorca, Spain, and is also a graduate of the Royal Conservatory of Madrid, where he studied with Manuel Guillén.

Francisco 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 special violinist ...
    — The Boston Globe
  • ... A rising young virtuoso of outstanding potential ...
    — The Violin Channel
  • ... An amazing talent ...
    — Gustavo Dudamel
  • ... The interpretation was crackling with excitement...Fullana helped make such an unexpected thrill ride of a 1684 Buxtehude sonata, bowing furiously on his breakneck solo lines ...
    — The Pioneer Press