Palazzo, a classical accordionist, studied with Salvatore di
Gesualdo at the Conservatory
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.
at the IBLA
competition in 2001 and 2002. He's had the opportunity to
perform in prestigious concert halls in The United States, which
New York and in Europe, performing at the Amsterdam
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.
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.
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
He recorded for
As a soloist for the Phoenix
he recorded Classic
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
Also published was Movimento
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
2005 he made his debut as a composer, winning the first prize in
of The International Composition Competition Franco Evangelisti,
by the Nuova
Perpetuo, studio da concerto for
accordion, published by Edizioni
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
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
Studi Carlo d'Angiò of Scurcola Marsicana (AQ),
awarded him the International
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
Palazzo is a highly talented
musician, gifted with wonderful expressive and technical
qualities; hence an element that raises the accordion to
unexpected artistic heights.”
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
technically flawless execution and deeply emotional
interpretation...With his accordion he cuts notes of pure
intensity of his interpretation and his technical masterly could
not be further from the stereotype of accordion…It was
almost a concert-lecture…”
and highly expressive, his performance is the result of a detailed
study on the dynamic sound. His interpretation is simply
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