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Petracchi, Franco

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Pistoia (Italy), 1937. Considered as one of the most prestigious double-bass players and professors of the instrument, Francesco Petracchi studied in Rome, graduating from the Santa Cecilia Conservatoire also in conducting and composition. His concert activities have taken him around the world to the most important concert halls. The composers Mortari, Donatoni, Henze, Rota, Berio, amongst others, have dedicated works to him. He has imparted Master Classe in Stockholm, Copenhaguen, Siena, Madrid, Oslo, Cincinnati, Barcelona, Sermoneta, Roma, Cremona, Helsinki, Tokio, Chicago, Atlanta, Londres, amongst others. He is professor at the Geneva Conservatoire where he imparts classe on virtuosism. He has lately dedicated much time to conducting, concentrating on a classical romantic repertoire which is not very often heard. In this field he has conducted little known works by Stravinsky, Rossini, Salieri and Cherubini at the recording studios of the RAI in Turin as well as at Florence's Maggio Musicale, Opera San Carlo of Naples, Pesaro's Rossini Festival and at Santa Cecilia in Rome. He has been invited to conduct orchestras in Great Britain (London Symphonic Orchestra), Denmark, Sweden, Poland, Switzerland, Bulgaria, Japan. He has carried out important recordings for Phillips, Sony, Dynamic, ASV and NHK. He won the Italia Prize for his participation in 'A double bass in search of love'. He holds in his possession a highly valued Rossi.

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