Franco Petracchi
Synthesis of the career

As a double bass soloist he has performed in the most famous music halls of the world:
Royal Festival Hall, Barbican Centre and Queen Elizabeth Hall in London. In Paris at the Salle Pleyel. In Madrid at the Teatro Real and Orchestra National. In Valencia at the Palau de la Musica. In Bruxelles at the Radio Orchestre. He has played also in Tivoli Edimborough, Stockholm and Geneva with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, in Munchen, in Zurich at the Thonhalle, in Jerusalem with the Radio Simphony, at the Suntory Hall with the Tokyo Philhamonic, in Australia, United States and New Zealand.

He has directed important orchestras and he is considered an excellent trainer. In Italy he has often directed the Santa Cecilia Orchestra in Rome, The San Carlo in Naples, the Rai Simphony Orchestras in Rome and Turin, the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. Abroad he has conduct the London Simphony Orchestra, the Tokyo Philhamonic, the Royal Scottish Orchestra, the Geneva OSR. Moreover he conduct in Copenhagen, Stockholm, Valencia, Sophia and in Poland.

He played with Rostropovich, Accardo, Giuranna, Harrel, Vegh, Canino, Quartetto Amadeus, Ricci, in a Duo with Filippini, the Virtuosi di Roma. In a Trio with Angelo Stefanato and Margaret Barton. He also played in many international festivals ( Paris, Naples, Sarasota, Lyon, Jerusalem, New York).

In Italy : Founder and teacher of the Professional courses at Fiesole, same for the High Specialization for Strings of the Fondazione “Walter Stauffer” in Cremona, teacher ( 2O years) at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Art Director and teacher at the Specialization course at the Caetani Castle at Sermoneta for the Music Campus of Latina. He also taught at the Music Academies of Rome and Bari.

Abroad : Masteclasses in London ( Guild School of Music, Royal Academy of Music), Cincinnati University, Atlanta University, Chicago University, Madrid ( Reina Sofia), Salzburg ( Mozarteum), Copenhagen, Stockholm , Prussia Cove, Helsinki, Geneva, Sophia, Avignon, Tokyo ( Arts University), Dublin, Mainz, Valencia, Segovia, Firminy.

His students hold positions in the most important orchestras: Berlin, Stockholm, Tel Aviv, Amsterdam, Tokyo, London, Hamburg, Milano ( Teatro alla Scala), Firenze ( Maggio Musicale), Rome ( Santa Cecilia), Turin.

He invented innovative methods for the double bass technique and revisions.
They were publiushed in London ( Yorke Editions) and are in use in all the schools of the world.

He revised and rielaborated works of Mozart, Rossini, Rousseau and other instrumental works.

He is a judge - member of international competitions such as Geneva, Munchen, Paris, Bucchi and Bottesini of which he is the founder.

Academician of Santa Cecilia, Academician of the Filarmonica Romana, “Cavaliere di Gran Croce al Merito della Repubblica”, Quadrivio Prize, Golden Sagittarius, Golden Lyon, Cino da Pistoia, Tani Prize ( Silver Mask for Music).


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