Graduated from the “G.Verdi’ Conservatory of Turin under the guidance of M. Marin with highest honors, cum laude and honorable mention. Thanks to a scholarship awarded to him by the “De Sono Associazione per la Musica” he perfected his studies with G. Prencipe, F. Gulli, R. Ricci, S.Gheorghiu and H. Krebbers for violin and with F. Gulli / E.Cavallo P. Amoyal / A. Weissenberg and the Trio di Trieste for chamber music.
In 1992 he was chosen by Riccardo Muti as First Violin Soloist of the Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala and the Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala. As a sideman he has played with the greatest conductors of the day. In the same role he has collaborated with L’Accademia di Santa Cecilia, L’Orchestra Mozart, the Bayerische Staatsoper Orchestre in Munich, the Royal Concertgebauw Orchestra in Amsterdam, the Muenchner Philharmoniker.
The successes in prestigious International Competitions such as “Michelangelo Abbado” in Sondrio J.Joachim “in Hannover, “A.Stradivari “in Cremona, “L. Spohr “of Freiburg, “Dong-A” of Seoul, “ARD “of Munich, “Tchaikovsky” of Moscow, “Premio Paganini “of Genoa, CIEM of Geneva led him early on to a brilliant career that has seen him perform as soloist with a hundred orchestras including the Orchestra de la Suisse Romande, the Bayrische Runfunkdi of Munich, Stuttgart Radio,Hanover Radio, the Vienna Kammerorchester, the Tokyo Symphony, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI and, on several occasions, the Filarmonica della Scala conducted by Riccardo Muti. Founder of the Johannes Trio and First Violin of the La Scala Quartet, with whom he has performed all over the world, also playing in prestigious halls such as Carnegie Hall in New York, the Mozarteum in Salzburg. A professor of violin at the Accademia della Scala, he has given master classes all over the world. Francesco Manara is a juror of prestigious international competitions such as the “Paganini Prize in Genoa and the Joachim Competition in Hannover.
The famous magazine The Strad, which has reviewed him several times, called him “an artist of remarkable sincerity and depth, ready to face the most important stages in the world.”
He plays a 1665 Nicola Amati.