music by: Noriko Ioide, Nicola Evangelisti, Eiko Ishibashi, Keiko Harada
(Turin 1973) is an Italian cellist, son of two art historians. He graduated from the Luigi Cherubini Conservatory in Florence, training under the guidance of Andrea Nannoni for the cello and Salvatore Sciarrino for the composition. The instrument used by Francesco Dillon is a Carlo Antonio Rivolta from 1835.
In 1993 he was one of the founders of the Prometheus Quartet, an internationally renowned chamber group that won numerous prizes and awards (including "Silver Lion" for the Biennale Musica di Venezia career)
Dillon is also a founding member of the Alter Ego group, regularly invited to the major contemporary music festivals around the world. In 2009 he premiered the Variations by Salvatore Sciarrino and in 2010 the Ballad by Giacinto Scelsi, both with the RAI National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Tito Ceccherini.
In a duo with the pianist Emanuele Torquati, he has released three Schumann rarities and the complete cello works by Franz Liszt for Brilliant Classics. In addition to the concert activity, he also has a continuous teaching experience, holding master's degrees in institutions such as the Moscow Conservatory, Pacific University (California), Untref-Buenos Aires, the University of Manchester.
The deep interest he has always cultivated for the contemporary world has led him to build solid collaborations with the greatest composers of our time, such as: Gavin Bryars, Ivan Fedele, Francesco Filidei.
He has recorded for the labels SONY, ECM, Kairos, Ricordi, Stradivarius, Die Schachtel, Mode and Touch.
He has premiered the Variations of Salvatore Sciarrino, performance awarded with the Diapason d'or, and the Ballad by Giacinto Scelsi, both with the RAI National Orchestra. In a duo with the pianist Emanuele Torquati he made three CDs of Schumann rarity, the complete cello works by Franz Liszt and in 2018 a monographic CD of works by Johannes Brahms for Brilliant Classics. His performances are broadcast by prestigious broadcasters such as, among others, BBC, RAI, ARD, Radio France, ORF, ABC Australia, WDR.
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