Cristiana Franco
Biography

She started her violin studies when she was 5 years old at the private school Il Classico Musica e Arte in Milan, with Elena Confortini and Carlo de Martini. At the same school she attended the Course for Musical Propaedeutics Operators in 2013/2014.
She achieved recently her Master graduation in Violin with full marks in Milan at Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi, in the class of Professor Renato Donà, after gaining her Bachelor graduation with Professor Gabriele Baffero in the same institution. During her apprenticeship in Conservatorio she founded the Ghelos String Quartet, a group which held an intense concert activity in Milan, Rome, Varese, Rovigo and won the Second Prize at the First Concorso Nazionale di Musica da camera per giovani artisti (Milan 2015). With the same Quartet she attended three Masterclasses with Giovanni Scaglione in the years between 2016-18. In Conservatorio, she performed many concerts with the Orchestra Sinfonica, sometimes as concertmaster, sub-principal or principal second violin.
In 2017 she passed the Audition to play in the Accademia della Scala Orchestra and joined the group for many symphonic concerts, operas and ballets both in Teatro alla Scala and on tour (in Germany, USA and Oman with conductors Pietro Mianiti, Ivan Fischer and Oliver Diaz). She has also played in Orchestra da Camera Canova since 2018.
While studying modern and contemporary repertoire, she has also had the possibility to practise regularly baroque music on original instruments, attending numerous Masterclasses held by Professor Enrico Onofri and being a member of the Ensemble Accademia dell’Annunciata di Abbiategrasso conducted by Riccardo Doni since 2010.
With the same Accademia, she played and recorded CDs with soloists Giuliano Carmignola, Mario Brunello and Andrea Mastroni. She has also worked occasionally with Ensemble Divina Armonia conducted by Lorenzo Ghielmi and Ensemble La Silva conducted by Nanneke Schaap.
She teaches violin at evening classes for adults held in Milan Conservatorio (organized by CPSM Association) and to young people in private schools in Milan and surroundings.
She graduated with honors in Italian Literature and Modern Philology at Milan Università Cattolica, where she started working in 2020 as a Scholar for the Ensemble of the Studium Musicale di Ateneo.

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