On Saturday, April 28th, Oklahoma Conservatory of Music will be hosting Italian cellist Francesco Mastromatteo in a day of masterclasses and discussions about all things "cello".

Francesco Mastromatteo, cellist

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Described as a "virtuosic and passionate musician" by the Dallas Morning News, the Italian-born cellist Francesco Mastromatteo keeps performing in Italy and U.S.A. He is the artistic director of  Associazione Amici della Musica “G. Paisiello” in Lucera (Italy) and he is also artistic director of the no-profit organization Classical Music for the World in Austin (Texas). From 2008 to 2013 he has been the artistic director of the concert series “Spring of Harmony” held at S. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Dallas. He is currently Professor of Chamber Music at the Conservatory “U. Giordano” in Foggia (Italy) – Residency of Rodi Garganico.  

Francesco performed as soloist with Meadows Symphony Orchestra in Dallas, Round Rock Sympnony, Balcones Community Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica “Città di Pescara”, Orchestra Sinfonica della Provincia di Foggia, the orchestra “Suoni del Sud”, Meadows Wind Ensemble and Starlight Symphony. He also performed J.S. Bach’s solo suites in the US and in Italy at the prestigious Ravenna Festival in 2009. He keeps a busy schedule as chamber musician and is now the cellist of the Duo & Trio Mastromatteo. He performs in duo with pianists A. Wright, C. Wright-Ivanova and M. Schneider. He also collaborated in duo with A. Pompa-Baldi recording Grieg’s cello sonata op.36 for Centaur Records. Francesco has been invited to perform solo recitals and teach master classes at Oklaoma City University, University of Nevada – Las Vegas and Southern Methodist University.

Interested in performance practice as well as in contemporary music, Francesco performed with baroque ensembles like Concerto Italiano and Camerata Anxanum. He also performed the world premieres of T. Sleeper cello sonata, and of works for cello solo by S. Taglietti (Symplex), R.Franck (Taberah) and K. Hanlon (That’s It).

He won first prize in the National Cello Competition “G. Turci” in Ravenna and first prize as duo cello and piano with Tommaso Cogato in the International Competition “Città di Padova”. He was Principal Cellist of Orchestra Sinfonica Umberto Giordano of Foggia from 2003 to 2004.

Francesco completed his Doctoral degree in Cello Performance at the Butler School of Music at the University of Texas at Austin in 2012 working with B. Tsang, he also holds a Master Degree and an Artist Certificate from Southern Methodist University  where he studied with A. Diaz. In Italy he worked with teachers like A. M. Mastromatteo, M. Shirvani and L. Piovano and R. Filippini.

Following an inborn love for various artistic paths, Francesco also holds with honours a Master Degree in Literature and History of Arts from the Università  “Aldo Moro” in Bari. He published a volume on Italian composer Umberto Giordano for Bastogi Editrice and an extensive article on Kodàly Solo Sonata op.8 for the International Journal of Musicology.