Palazzo, classic accordion
has studied with Salvatore di
Gesualdo and he
with honors in Accordion (the first in the history of accordion in
Italy) at the Conservatory "L. Cherubini "in Florence,
completing his training through studies in Composition, Choral
Music and Choral Conducting.
Special Mention was received at "S.
Gubaidulina" at "Ibla Grand Prize" 2001 and 2002 he
got the opportunity to perform in the prestigious concert halls in
the United States and Europe (New York - Lincoln Center, Alice
Tully Hall, NY University, Amsterdam IIC, National Philarmonic
He has also played some very important concerts in the main
Italian cities and abroad such as, (Holland, Germany, Russia,
Poland, Ukraine, Albania, Congo). All of which were for important
concert associations and music festivals.
led a technical and expressive research staff, all based on a
comparison with other instruments, which prompted him to
re-establish his playing technique on a new basis and design and
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. Along with concerts and teachers, he is
working as transcriber and composer with many different of
transcription publications, adaptations and his own compositions
for accordion as well as an important work of didactic entitled
"Fundamentals of Technical Accordion"for the Berben
music publishing and for Physa Musical
He has recorded for Sorriso
and as a soloist for the Phoenix
recital which includes music by J. S. Bach, C. Franck, F.
Lattuada, F. Alfano, L. Ferrari-Trecate, S. Calligaris, B.
Bartolozzi and S. Gubaidulina and Digressione
He has also published "Movimento
a new record on 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, S. di Gesualdo, and "FOLKSONGS!"
Vol. 1 and Vol. 2,
with Tiziana Portoghese, mezzo soprano and Folksongs
In chamber and orchestral music he is widely known for important
Chiti-"Women in Music" foundation
"Musica Judaica" orchestra;
"Collegium Musicum", with whom he performed alongside
with the cellist Elizabeth Wilson "Sieben Worte" by
Russian composer Sofia Gubaidulina, for accordion, cello and
the concert Society of Bari Orchestra, with whom he performed the
"Concert for the people" for the first absolute time in
2008 for accordion and orchestra, dedicated to him by the
composer Luigi pugliese Morley
"Morley Mediterranean Quartet",
Folksongs!” with the mezzo-soprano Tiziana Portoghese,
Duo" Palazzo Squillante, "with the mandolin player
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 New Consonance,
with "Perpetual Motion" - Concert Etude for accordion,
published by Suvini dell'Edizioni Zerboni.
His performances and compositions have been broadcasted by
RadioTre, Vatican Radio, Classical Radio Network and other
In May 2011 at the Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari Francesco performed
in his world premiere, a concert for accordion and orchestra,
written for him by composer Vito Palumbo.
July 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.
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
Corriere di Roma)
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
Hixson , founder and Artistic Director of STUDIO for New Music
Corso Mazzini, 28 70123 Bari - Italia
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