Francisco Fullana, violin

Mount Gretna, PA, United States

Gretna Music at the Mt. Gretna Playhouse

7:30 PM
$1-$29

The Spanish virtuoso is hailed as an “amazing talent” by LA conducting giant, Gustavo Dudamel.

Francisco plays music from his native Spain:

The Artists

Spanish-born violinist Francisco Fullana, winner of a 2018 Avery Fisher Career Grant, has been hailed as a “rising star” (BBC Music Magazine), an “amazing talent” (conductor Gustavo Dudamel) and “a paragon of delicacy” (San Francisco Classical Voice). His Carnegie Hall recital debut in 2016 was noted for its “joy and playfulness in collaboration … it was perfection” (New York Concert Review).

A native of Mallorca in the Balearic Islands of Spain, Francisco is making a name for himself as both a performer and a leader of innovative educational institutions. As an orchestral soloist he has performed the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the Bayerische Philharmonie led by the late Sir Colin Davis, the Sibelius Concerto with the Münchner Rundfunkorchester, and the Brahms Violin Concerto with Venezuela’s Teresa Careño Orchestra under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel. He has also soloed with the Vancouver, Pacific, Alabama, Maryland, Madrid, and Hof symphony orchestras and the Spanish Radio Television Orchestra, and has worked with such noted conductors as Carlos Izcaray, Alondra de la Parra, Christoph Poppen, Jeannette Sorrell, and Joshua Weilerstein.

Active as a chamber musician, Francisco has participated in the Marlboro Music Festival and its Musicians from Marlboro tours, as well as Yellow Barn, the Perlman Music Program, the Da Camera Society, and the Music@Menlo, Mainly Mozart, Music in the Vineyards, and Newport music festivals. His musical collaborators have included Viviane Hagner, Nobuko Imai, Charles Neidich, Mitsuko Uchida, and members of the Guarneri, Juilliard, Pacifica, Takács, and Cleveland quartets. And among the many chamber music engagements on his upcoming schedule, Francisco joins The Bowers Program (formerly known as CMS Two) at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center starting in 2018.

Highlights of Francisco’s 2018-19 orchestral season include debuts with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Norwalk Symphony Orchestra, Castilla y León Symphony Orchestra, Oviedo Filarmonía, and Santa Fe Pro Musica. Also scheduled are two weeks of activities with Poland’s Krzyzowa Festival at home and on tour, and return engagements with the Alabama, Balearic Islands, Extremadura, and Xalapa symphonies. Francisco’s ongoing collaboration with Argentinian bandoneonist/composer J.P. Jofre culminates in 2018 with the world and European premieres of Jofre’s Concerto for Bandoneon and Violin No. 2, a work commissioned by the Balearic Islands Symphony, San Antonio Chamber Orchestra, and New York City’s Metropolis Ensemble.

In March 2018, Orchid Classics released Francisco’s recording “Through the Lens of Time,” which includes Max Richter’s 2012 composition The Four Seasons Recomposed, performed with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra conducted by Carlos Izcaray. This ambitious project, recently named Forbes’s CD of the Week and featured as the #1 Classical Track on Apple Music, carries forward from its modern reconsideration of Vivaldi’s beloved classic with a series of contemporary solo works for violin that also shine a new light on the Baroque musical tradition.

Born into a family of educators, Francisco first studied with Bernat Pomar in his hometown of Palma de Mallorca and later graduated from the Royal Conservatory of Madrid, where he matriculated under the tutelage of Manuel Guillén. He received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The Juilliard School following studies with Donald Weilerstein and Masao Kawasaki, and holds an Artist Diploma from the USC Thornton School of Music, where he worked with the renowned violinist Midori.

In 2015 Francisco was honored with the Pro Musicis International Award and First Prize in Japan’s Munetsugu Angel Violin Competition, as well as all four of that competition’s special prizes including the Audience and Orchestra awards. He won First Prize in the 2014 Johannes Brahms International Violin Competition in Austria. Other awards include First Prizes at the Julio Cardona International Violin Competition and the Pablo Sarasate Competition.

Francisco is a committed innovator, leading new institutions of musical education for young people. He is a co-founder of San Antonio’s Classical Music Summer Institute, where he currently serves as Chamber Music Director. 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. The seminars are deeply immersive, thrusting youngsters into the sonic world of a single composer while inspiring them to channel their overwhelming energy in the service of vibrant older styles of musical expression. The results can be galvanic, and Francisco continues to build on these educational models.

He currently performs on the 1735 “Mary Portman” ex-Kreisler Guarneri del Gesù violin, kindly on loan from Clement and Karen Arrison through the Stradivari Society of Chicago.

Pianist Jiayi Shi maintains an active schedule as a chamber musician and collaborative pianist. She works extensively with the internationally renowned violinist Midori, and made her New York recital debut with Midori in March 2004. In April 2008, she also made recital appearance in London Symphony Orchestra’s St Luke’s Hall. In addition to numerous chamber performances, Ms. Shi often plays solo piano recitals in North America and in her native China. Her performances took her not only throughout the USA, but also to Germany, Hong Kong, as well as the Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Center and Lincoln Center in New York City.

Soon after arriving in the United States from her native city Shanghai, China, Ms. Shi won a succession of honors and awards, including top prizes in the Sydney Wright Competition, the Steinway Society Piano Competition and the state winner of the MTNA piano competition. She has also been accepted in many prestigious music festivals, such as the Shanghai International Music Festival in China, the Music Academy of the West, the Aspen Music Festival, the Beethoven Institute, as well as the Schleswig-Holstein Festival in Luebeck, Germany. Her upcoming schedule includes performances in New York City and Montana as part of Young Artists Recital Series organized by Partners-In-Performances, an organization aimed to stimulate interests in recitals and chamber music.

Born to a musical family, Ms. Jiayi Shi started to play the piano at age 4. At age 7, she was accepted in the prestigious pre-college division of Shanghai Conservatory of Music. With the support of the Fund for Chinese Pianists in Texas, Ms. Shi received a Bachelor’s degree in Piano at the University of Texas and continued her education at the Eastman School of Music with the renowned pianist Barry Snyder. She graduated from Eastman in 2002 with both a Master’s degree and the Performance Certificate in Piano and in 2010 completed a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in collaborative piano at the Manhattan School of Music.

The Program

Full Program Notes HERE

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)

Violin Sonata No. 1 in a minor, M. 12, “Posthumous”

 

Joaquín Turina (1882-1949)

Violin Sonata No 2 in G Major, Op. 82, “Spanish”

Allegro moderato; Animé

Andante

Très vif

 

Pablo de Sarasate (1844-1908)

No. 1, Romanza Andaluza, from Spanish Dances, Op. 22

 

Intermission

 

Enrique Granados (1867-1916)

Violin Sonata in one movement, H. 127

 

Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)

Violin Sonata, FP. 119

Allegro con fuoco

Intermezzo

Presto tragico

 

Pablo de Sarasate

Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20

 

Venue Details

200 Pennsylvania Avenue
Mount Gretna, PA 17064
United States
(717) 361-1508