On the occasion of the month dedicated to women, tomorrow, March 18th, the Italian Cultural Institute in Washington will broadcast live streaming on its Facebook page an all-female concert by the Italian duo Francesca Dego, on violin, and Francesca Leonardi, on piano.
Broadcast from the “Guido Cantelli” Conservatory of Novara in Italy, the two young women – among the best Italian musicians of their generation, with a repertoire ranging from baroque to contemporary music – will perform for the IIC with a selection of pieces by Mozart, Beethoven and three violin and piano paraphrases of classic opera arias by Rossini and Verdi.
Francesca Dego, born in Lecco, Italy to Italian father and American mother, regularly appears with major orchestras worldwide, such as the Philharmonia, Royal Scottish National Orchestras, Tokyo Metropolitan and the Teatro Regio di Torino, among others.
Francesca is the winner of numerous national and international competitions, including being the first Italian female prize-winner of the renowned “Paganini Competition” in Genoa in 2008. Furthermore, she was awarded the “Enrico Costa” prize as the youngest finalist. In June 2014, she performed at Rio de Janeiro’s Teatro Municipal for the opening of the Football World Cup in Brazil. The violinist has also recently published her first book, with Mondadori. in which she explores how classical music can be listened to and better understood today.
Francesca Leonardi, born in Milan, begins studying the piano at the age of three and she graduates from the Milan Conservatoire with top marks, cum laude, and special mention in 2004 and then continues her studies in various academies such as the Royal College of Music in London. Performing in public from a young age, pianist Francesca Leonardi regularly appears in prestigious venues and festivals around the world.
In 2015 she was a part of the Remembrance Day performance in the Santa Cecilia Hall of the Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome, which broadcast worldwide through RAI. In Summer 2019 Francesca completed a US tour that also included a performance at the prestigious Ravinia Festival in Chicago. Pianist Francesca Leonardi is the first Italian female pianist to record for the prestigious Deutsche Grammophon label.
In October 2018, the Duo’s most recent disc was released worldwide, a project marking a journey through 20th century music inspired by Italy and including world premiere recordings of three works by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco.