Described as “scintillating” (MusicalAmerica) and “a mature artist fully formed at a young age, equal to any challenge” (Peninsula Reviews), violinist Francesca dePasquale is the first prize winner of the 2010 Irving M. Klein International String Competition and recipient of the prestigious 2014-2016 career grant from the Leonore Annenberg Fellowship Fund for the Performing and Visual Arts.
Earning her the 2015 Young Artist of the Year Award from the Classical Recording Foundation, dePasquale recently recorded her debut album in collaboration with pianist Meng-Chieh Liu, including a newly commissioned work for violin and electronics by composer Paola Prestini.
As soloist, dePasquale has appeared with the Bach Festival of Philadelphia, Colburn Orchestra, Galesburg Symphony, Peninsula Symphony, and Santa Cruz Symphony, amongst numerous others. Her recital appearances include performances for the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, National Sawdust, Classics on Hudson, California Music Center, and Perlman Music Program.
A chamber musician and collaborator, dePasquale has performed with renowned artists Paul Coletti, Thomas Cooley, Jennifer Frautschi, Nicholas Kitchen, Ronald Leonard, Robert Levin, Merry Peckham, Itzhak Perlman, Jeffrey Sykes, Roger Tapping, Richard Todd, and Donald Weilerstein. She has appeared on series and festivals such as the Fort Worth Chamber Music Society, Marinus Ensemble, Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players, Music@Menlo, Colburn Chamber Music Society, and Music in the Vineyards. Additionally, dePasquale has performed as a substitute for The Philadelphia Orchestra and the orchestral collective The Knights.
In addition to her performing activities, dePasquale is the Starling Fellow teaching assistant to Itzhak Perlman at The Juilliard School, where she is also teaching assistant to Catherine Cho. dePasquale is a member of the Stony Brook University Summer Chamber Music Camp faculty.
dePasquale holds a master of music degree and bachelor of music degree from The Juilliard School and The Colburn School, where she studied with Itzhak Perlman, Catherine Cho, and Robert Lipsett. Previous teachers include Hirono Oka and William dePasquale, with additional mentorship from Norman Carol and Arnold Steinhardt.