Francesco Senese

“In OM every moment matters, when we play together we are really alive”

Francesco Senese - Violin

As a baby, his parents rocked him with pieces of classical music and he never lost interest for it.  He insistently asked to study music and started with the violin at 7. Playing in the Orchestra Mozart has changed him deeply and also changed his conception of making music with other people. In OM he felt for the first time that, while playing music, he felt a bigger responsibility towards it. He sees the Orchestra as international and “really rich” inside; he also thinks that as the musicians shared the 10 last year of Claudio Abbado before he died, they should be given the possibility to play and to push even forward his musical heritage.


Francesco Senese is a member of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra and Assistant Concertmaster of the Orchestra Mozart of Bologna, both found by Claudio Abbado.  At the invitation of Maestro Abbado he went to Caracas to perform the Sibelius Violin Concerto with the Simon Bolivar Orchestra directed by Diego Matheuz.  The concert was held at the Auditorium of the Center for Social and Cultural Action of Venezuela’s Children’s and Youth Orchestra System, founded by Jose Antonio Abreu.  He has appeared as a soloist also with various other orchestras such as the Human Rights Orchestra directed by Alessio Allegrini performing Mendelssohn’s Concerto in E minor and with the Cameristi della Scala performing Vivaldi’s “Quattro Stagioni” in a live television broadcast from the City of Belgrade’s Reception Hall. 

He also appeared as soloist with Orchestra Mozart of Bologna under the direction of Claudio Abbado with musicians like Isabelle Faust, Raphael Christ, Danusha Waskiewicz and Alois Posh, in the 3rd Bach Brandenburg Concerto, live broadcast from Italian Rai Radiotre and in the Mozart Nocturne Serenade K 239.

In chamber ensembles he has performed and collaborated with internationally famous musicians such as Itamar Golan, Ingrid Fliter, Louis Lortie, Boris Petrushansky, Enrico Pace, Khatia Buniatishvili, Laura de Fusco, Giuseppe Andaloro, Roberto Cominati, Pier Narciso Masi, Oliver Kern, Pavel Vernikov, Sergej Krylov, Guy Braunstein, Alexander Sitkovetsky, Raphael Christ, Alexis Cardenas, Wolfram Christ, Diemut Poppen, Danusha Waskiewicz, Simonide Braconi, Danilo Rossi, Vladimir Mendelssohn, Simone Briatore, Enrico Bronzi, Umberto Clerici, Patrizio Serino, Martti Rousi, Andrea Oliva, Fabien Thouand, Anton Dressler, Alessandro Carbonare, Zora Slokar, Alessio Allegrini, Jacques Zoon, and Emanuele Segre.

He was invited to participate in the Soloists of the Orchestra Mozart series, the chamber music series of that same orchestra. With this ensemble he has performed many times in the Manzoni Auditorium of Bologna and also in live radio broadcasts from the  Cappella Paolina at the Quirinale in Rome in the presence of  the President of the Italian Republic, Giorgio Napolitano.

In June 2014 together with the pianist Ingrid Fliter has played the closing concert of the same concert season  with the “Kreutzer” Sonata by L.V. Beethoven. 

He is one of the founding members and the first violin of the Kaleido Ensemble, a group with which he performs a widely varied musical repertoire, from duos to groups of ten and more, with the participation of  important musicians internationally renowned.  With the Kaleido Ensemble he has performed at important festivals and institutions such as MITO and the Teatro Lirico of Cagliari directed by Antonio Pappano. 

He is first violin and founding member of the Matamoe String Quartet with whom made debut at the Stradivari Festival 2014 in Cremona in a series dedicate to the string quartet.

He received immediately a new invitation from the same festival for the edition 2015 with a program for violin, voice and piano together with the singer Cristina Zavalloni and the pianist Andrea Rebaudengo.

Together with the newyorkese mime Tony Lopresti he is ideator and creator of the show “Apocalypse Man”, an union of music and movement on the Béla Bartók Sonata for solo violin. The premiere of the show has take place in march 2015 in L’Aquila at the Auditorium del Parco for the Società Aquilana dei Concerti  “B. Barattelli”.

His passionate interest in teaching lead him very early in his career to teach at the “R.Goitre” Experimental School of Music in Colico where he began his own musical studies. In 2005, at the time of the twentieth anniversary of the founding of the school, to show his deep recognition for the musical instruction he received there, he decided to found a Chamber Music Festival both for and with the children and young people of the Lake Como region, the Festival “Musica sull’Acqua” of Colico, his hometown.  Ever since he has been its Artistic Director, bringing together important musicians from around the world during the month of July to share their experience, both human and musical, performing some of the most beautiful chamber music compositions ever written and working with the very young students of the music school.  Together they follow an educational–musical  itinerary which leads up to the Atelier Concert, one of the Festival’s best-loved events. 

At the invitation of Claudio Abbado and Diego Matheuz he taught for 

Venezuela’s Children’s and Youth Orchestra System, founded by Jose Antonio Abreu, holding master classes for young musicians in Caracas and Barquisimeto. 

In Italy he also collaborates with the Fiesole School of Music for the  Italian Youth Orchestra project, teaching the row of second violins.

The winner of numerous prizes in national and international competitions, of particular note are prizes won at the International Competition of Stresa and the “R. Romanini” Competition of Brescia.  He has studied with Giuliano Carmignola, Sergej Krylov, Pavel Vernikov and Herman Krebbers.

As concertmaster and assistant concertmaster he collaborates with the Teatro all Scala Orchestra of Milan, the Orchestra Mozart of Bologna, the Teatro Lirico Orchestra of Cagliari and the Orchestra of Padova and of the Veneto.

He is regularly invited to take part at the projects of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in the row of the first violins.

With the Orchestra Mozart and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra there have been many recordings under the direction of Claudio Abbado for labels such as Deutsche Grammophon, Euro Arts and Accentus.  In 2012 he will record as soloist the complete collection of the Sonatas of Ysaye for Limen Music.  With the Trio Magritte and Paolo Beltramini he has already recorded Messiaen’s “Quatuor pour la fin du Temps” for this label.

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