Described by critics as “scintillating” and celebrated for her “rich, expressive
playing” (MusicalAmerica), 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 Classical Recording
Foundation Young Artist Award, her self-titled debut album and accompanying
recital tour was praised for “sincerity, intensity” and “individual voice” (Philadelphia
Inquirer) and “immaculate and discreet phrasing” (Strad Magazine). Additionally,
she was featured in Strings magazine and on SiriusXM, WNYC, WQXR, WRTI
(Philadelphia), and WFMT (Chicago).
An active chamber musician, Francesca has performed for the Chamber Music
Society of Fort Worth, Open Chamber Music at IMS Prussia Cove, Busan Maru
International Music Festival, Chameleon Arts Ensemble, Jupiter Symphony Chamber
Players, Manhattan Chamber Players, Chesapeake Chamber Music, Music in the
Vineyards, Olympic Music Festival, and Music@Menlo. Francesca is the violinist of
the Aletheia Piano Trio alongside pianist Fei-Fei Dong and cellist Juliette Herlin.
Additionally, she has performed with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Brooklyn
based orchestral collective The Knights, and A Far Cry.
Francesca is a member of the violin faculty at Rutgers University Mason Gross
School of the Arts and served as the Starling Fellow teaching assistant to Itzhak
Perlman from 2013-2016 at the Juilliard School, where she is currently teaching
assistant to Catherine Cho. During the Fall of 2018, Francesca will serve as Visiting
Assistant Professor at Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Additionally, Francesca is a
member of the violin faculty at the Heifetz International Music Institute Program for
the Exceptionally Gifted, as well as assistant chamber music faculty for the Perlman
Music Program Sarasota Residency. A graduate of the Juilliard and Colburn Schools, Francesca studied with Itzhak Perlman, Catherine Cho, and Robert Lipsett.