26 year old Spanish VC Young Artist Francisco Fullana has today been announced as the new 'Principal Violinist' of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, in Saint Paul, Minneapolis.
A graduate of the Juilliard School where he studied with Donald Weilerstein and Masao Kawasaki and current Artist Diploma student of Midori Goto at the University of Southern California, Francisco is a former 1st prize winner at the Julio Cardona, Munetsugu Angel and Johannes Brahms International Violin Competitions – and was a recent recipient of the 2015 Pro Musicis International Music Prize.
The ‘Principal Violin’ position, unique to the SPCO, will have leadership, solo and chamber music responsibilities.
“As the SPCO has moved to becoming a primarily unconducted ensemble, the need for even more leadership from our musicians has led us to make the decision to add another Principal Violin,” Artistic Director and Principal Violinist Kyu-Young Kim has said.
“We feel very fortunate to have been able to recruit and appoint someone of Francisco’s incredible artistic caliber …” he has said.
“I am very much looking forward to becoming the new Principal Violin of The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra …. from the very first time I came to play with the ensemble, back in April 2015, I was so inspired by the incredible level of commitment of every member of the SPCO,” Francisco has told The Violin Channel.
“I knew it was an opportunity I couldn't pass up ….one of my long-term goals has always been to play chamber music at the highest level with people that inspire me …” he has said.