Francesca, Tosca Azzollini was born in Taranto, Italy, on September 27th, 2000.
In 2019, she graduated at the Linguistic High School “Aristosseno” in Taranto with the mark of 100 e lode and, at the same time, she got her degree in Violin solo at the Conservatorio “Paisiello” in Taranto with the mark of 110 e lode. Having ﬁnished the ﬁrst part of her studies, she applied for the specialistic degree in Violin solo at the Conservatorio “N. Piccinni” in Bari.
During her formation path, she studied with M° Giuditta Longo and M° Felice Cusano. At the moment, she is studying with M° Carmelo Andriani.
Francesca took part and won many national and international music competitions; among them, there are the 1st prize at the “3° Concorso Internazionale di esecuzione musicale Domenico Savino” in Taranto, the 1st prize with scholarship at the “19° Concorso Internazionale per giovani Musicisti Lams Matera 2019” and the 1st prize at the “XX Concorso Nazionale di Musica Igor Stravinsky” in Bari.
She worked with several renowned musicians, such as M° Mariano Patti, Stelvio Cipriani, Nir Kabaretti, Bruno Canino, Andrea Griminelli, Michele Nitti and Luigi Piovano. She joined various Masterclasses held by Maestri like Ilaria Cusano, Massimo Quarta, Francesco Manara and Daniele Pascoletti, Carmelo Andriani, Claudio Andriani, the winner of the Paganini violin competition M° Giovanni Angeleri, Felix Ayo, Salvatore Accardo, Alessandro Milani and Vincenzo Bolognese.
She played in the “Orchestra dei conservatori pugliesi”, as First Violin, for the opening of the academic year 2017/2018, conducted by M° De Amicis, with the presence of Presidente della Repubblica Italiana Sergio Mattarella. During the same year, Francesca worked with Orchestra Sinfonica Metropolitana di Bari in several concerts, under the conduction of M° Bruno Aprea. In August 2018, she participated at the orchestral formation workshop, in the role of principal second violin, held by M° Nir Kabaretti, who is the conductor of the Santa Barbara Symphony Orchestra. The next month, she took part at the CARL ORFF Music Festival with M° Gernot Submuth and at the “Giovanni Paisiello Festival”, playing the two acts comedy “Le gare generose” by Giovanni Paisiello, in its very ﬁrst execution.
In December 2018 she won the audition organized by Orchestra ICO della Magna Grecia for the role of ﬁrst violin. In 2019 she subscribed the permanent contract with the Orchestra.
During the 2018/2019 season, she worked with internationally renowned artists, such as Anna Tifu, Matthias Schlubeck, Roman Kim, Enrico Bronzi, Michel Camilo, Benedetto Lupo, Fabrizio Bosso, the conductors M° Gianluigi Gelmetti and M° Sandor Kàrolyi.
In May she participated in the opera “Don Giovanni”, by Mozart, executed by Orchestra della Magna Grecia and the Lyric Choir of “Camerata delle Arti” of Matera, directed by Katia Ricciarelli at the Teatro Stabile in Potenza and the Teatro Apollo in Lecce.
In December 2019, she played in a duo violin/cello concert, held for the ﬁnissage of the art gallery named “Tra cielo e mare” by Allan O’ Mill (the Italian Navy oﬃcial painter), playing a repertoire by Handel – Halvorsen, Astor Piazzolla and Reinhold Glière, in the CLAM INTERNATIONAL Association in Taranto.
As Assistant Concertmaster, Francesca played at the musical “MY FAIR LADY” with the Bernstein School of Music Theater of Bologna in Taranto, Matera, Potenza and Grottaglie.
She played in the role of ﬁrst violin at the 2019/2020 academic year opening concert with the Orchestra Sinfonica del Conservatorio Piccinni of Bari, conducted by M° Michele Marvulli.
On the February 23rd, as concertmaster of the same Orchestra, she played for Pope Francis during the summit held by Conferenza Episcopale Italiana, which involved the major religious authorities from all around the world.
During last summer, she worked with the Orchestra della Magna Grecia for the summer season, waiting for the next season which will take place from October.