Francesco Palazzo

                  classical Accordionist


 Italian version

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Photo by Nicola Troccoli

Francesco Palazzo, a classical accordionist, studied with Salvatore di Gesualdo at the Conservatory L. Cherubini (Conservatorio Statale di Musica “L. Cherubini”) in Florence, Italy.  He graduated with honors, the first to achieve this in the history of Accordion, in Italy.  Then went on to complete his education through courses in Composition, Choral Music and Choral Conducting.  Special Mention was received at S. Gubaidulina, at the IBLA Grand Prize competition in 2001 and 2002.  He's had the opportunity to perform in prestigious concert halls in The United States, which includes The Lincoln Center, Alice Tully Hall and NY University in New York and in Europe, performing at the Amsterdam IIC and the National Philharmonic Kiev.  Also in prominent concert associations and music festivals in a number of the larger Italian cities.  In countries abroad, concerts were played in Holland, Germany, Russia, Poland, The Ukraine, Albania and the Congo.

Francesco did his own research on the technical attributes and other aspects of the accordion, which are the color of the sound, musical interpretation and the emotional elements, based on comparisons with other instruments.  The results prompted him to re-establish his playing technique and based on his new findings, a basis to build a concert instrument, which is more responsive to the changing demands of art.

Since 1993 he has been teaching Accordion at the Conservatory N. Piccinni  in Bari, (Conservatorio Statale di Musica N. Piccinni in Bari).  In addition to the concerts and teaching, he works as a transcriber and composer, producing a large number of transcription publications, adaptions and his own compositions for accordion, as well as authoring a vital didactic book entitled Foundations of Accordion Technique for the Berben Edizioni Musicali publishing company and for Physa Edizioni Musicali.

He recorded for Sorriso Edizioni Musicali, Brundibar and for  Rugginenti Editore Contemporanea.  As a soloist for the Phoenix Audiosystem, he recorded Classic Accordion, a recital which included music by  J. S. Bach,  C. Franck,  F. Lattuada,  F. Alfano,  L. Ferrari-Trecate,  S. Calligaris,  B. Bartolozzi,  S. Gubaidulina and Digressione Music.  Also published was Movimento Perpetuo, a new release from the original literature for accordion avant-garde of the last forty years of music by  L. Andriessen.  T. Hosokawa,  T. I. Lundquist,  F.  Palazzo,  S. Gubaidulina,  G. Tailleferre,  O. Schmidt and S. di Gesualdo.  Folksongs! Vol. 1 and Vol. 2, with mezzo soprano Tiziana Portoghese and the Folksongs Ensemble.

In 2005 he made his debut as a composer, winning the first prize in the Eighth Edition of The International Composition Competition Franco Evangelisti, organized by the Nuova Consonanza, with Movimento Perpetuo, studio da concerto for accordion, published by Edizioni Suvini Zerboni.  Francesco's performances and compositions have been broadcasted by Radio Tre,  Vatican Radio, Classical Radio Network and other European broadcasters.  In May of 2011, at the Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari, he performed his world premiere, the Concerto for Accordion, Percussion and String Orchestra, written for him by composer Vito Palumbo.  In July of 2016 the Centro Studi Carlo d'Angiò of Scurcola Marsicana (AQ), awarded him the International Prize Carlo d'Angiò for the Music and Composition section.

In chamber and orchestral music Francesco is widely known for prominent collaborations with:

The Tamborrino Ensemble

The Xenia Ensemble

Adkins Chiti - Women in Music Foundation

The Musica Judaica Orchestra

At the Collegium Musicum, he performed along with cellist Elizabeth Wilson, 

  Sieben Worte, by Russian composer Sofia Gubaidulina, for accordion, cello 

  and string orchestra.

The Orchestra of the Concert's Society of Bari, (The Orchestra della Società dei Concerti di Bari) where he performed the Concerto per i Popoli, premiered  in 2008, for accordion and string orchestra.  Dedicated to him by the Apulian composer Luigi Morleo.

The Morley Mediterranean Quartet

Duo Folksongs!, with mezzo soprano Tiziana Portoghese

The Duo Palazzo Squillante, with the mandolin player Mauro Squillante

Critical remarks:

Francesco Palazzo is a highly talented musician, gifted with wonderful expressive and technical qualities; hence an element that raises the accordion to unexpected artistic heights.”
(Aldo Ciccolini)

A pondered touch and strict tone-control…A highly reasoned Bach, with nob concessions to superficiality or any forcing…When played this way, the classical accordion becomes a truly noble instrument.”

A technically flawless execution and deeply emotional interpretation...With his accordion he cuts notes of pure crystal…”
(Il Corriere di Roma)

The intensity of his interpretation and his technical masterly could not be further from the stereotype of accordion…It was almost a concert-lecture…”

Elegant and highly expressive, his performance is the result of a detailed study on the dynamic sound. His interpretation is simply marvellous.”
(Sergio Calligaris)

"Those at mass were able to hear Francesco Palazzo's performance of Sofia Gubaidulina's accordion work, De Profundis. Mr. Palazzo brought out the inner intensity of the work, which though uncompromising in its harmonic language, communicated directly with a powerful dramatic integrity."
(J.D. Hixson , founder and Artistic Director of STUDIO for New Music -NY)

For contact:

Francesco Palazzo
Corso Mazzini, 28 ­ 70123 Bari - Italia
Mobile : 0039 3358150106
Tel & Fax : 0039 080/5216401








last update:29-08-2018
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