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Artistic Director Francesco MASTROMATTEO - CELLIST

Francesco Mastromatteo

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 guest artist 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 performer 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 he was founding member of Daniel Trio and Empfindung Trio in Texas. He is now the cellist both of Trio Chénier, and of the 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.

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. Schwan and T. Sleeper cello sonatas, 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 and of the Meadows Symphony from 2004 to 2008. Finally he often performed as Principal Cellist of University of Texas Symphony from 2009 to 2012

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. He attended numerous master class with L. Harrell, H. Karttunen, D. Finckel, R. Filippini, E. Dindo, T. Eddy, D. Geringas and F. Maggio-Ormezowsky.

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. He regularly delivers musicological lectures and pre-concerts talks in Italian and English.


Francesco Mastromatteo
Doctorate Candidate in Cello Performance
Butler School of Music
University of Texas at Austin – U.S.A.

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