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Lily Francis, violin/viola


Lily Francis is a leading violinist/violist of today. Recently a top prizewinner at the 2009 ARD Music Competition in Munich, she made her Weill Recital Hall debut in 2008 and plays regularly in the U.S. and Europe. Lily is a concertmaster of the Vienna Chamber Orchestra and a violist of the London-based Aronowitz Ensemble. She was a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Two program from 2006-09 and has played at Marlboro, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Seattle Chamber Society, Kronberg and IMS Prussia Cove. She plays an 1846 Pierre Silvestre violin and a 2004 Marco Coppiardi viola.

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Be sure to hear all of Lily Francis’ 2013 Festival performances listed below

Sunday, July 14, 6:00 PM at St. Francis Auditorium
Tchaikovsky & Russian Romance

Monday, July 15, 6:00 PM at St. Francis Auditorium
Tchaikovsky & Russian Romance

Tuesday, July 16, 12:00 PM at St. Francis Auditorium
Beethoven at Noon

Wednesday, July 17, 7:30 PM at Simms Auditorium/Albuquerque Academy
Mozart & Brahms Plus

Thursday, July 18, 6:00 PM at St. Francis Auditorium
Mozart & Brahms Pus

Saturday, July 20, 5:00 PM at St. Francis Auditorium
Handel & Stravinsky Concertos

Lily Francis is quickly establishing herself as one of the leading violinist/violists today.  Recently one of the top prizewinners at the 2009 ARD Music Competition (Violin) in Munich, she has performed with several of the leading orchestras in Germany, including the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Munich Chamber Orchestra and the Munich Radio Orchestra.  She made her Weill Recital Hall debut in New York in May 2008 on the Distinctive Debuts series, and plays both violin and viola regularly in the U.S. and throughout Europe.

A consummate chamber musician, Ms. Francis was a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center CMS Two program from 2006-09, which presented her in concerts in Alice Tully Hall and other notable New York venues.  She has toured the U.S. with the Chamber Society, as well as several Musicians from Marlboro programs.  As the newest member of the critically-acclaimed Aronowitz Ensemble, she performs throughout the U.K., including appearances at Wigmore Hall and Aldeburgh.  This season sees her performing as a returning artist with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, as a concertmaster of the Vienna Chamber Orchestra in Austria, teaching students at Mit Musik Miteinander in Kronberg, Germany, and performing with the Aronowitzes at the Concertgebouw.  Recent festival appearances have included Marlboro Music, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festive, Kronberg, the Bravo! Vail Valley Festival, Seattle Chamber Music Society, Music from Angel Fire, Chesapeake Chamber Music, Salt Bay Chamberfest and International Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove.

Ms. Francis has collaborated with many of the leading musicians of our time, including Mitsuko Uchida, András Schiff, Gidon Kremer, Arnold Steinhardt, Kim Kashkashian and Peter Wiley, as well as several artists of other disciplines.  As the violist of the Vertigo String Quartet, she recorded the score to Michael Hollinger’s award-winning play, Opus, which began in Philadelphia, played in New York and is currently touring the U.S.  Ms. Francis’ violin-playing hands were featured in Doug Aitken’s art film, Sleepwalkers, which was projected onto an outer wall of MoMA in New York City.  She has also collaborated with the Boston Ballet School and the Rock School of Dance on choreographed pieces about Bach.

A graduate of the Curtis Institute (B.M. ’06) and New England Conservatory (M.M.’08), Ms. Francis studied with Joseph Silverstein and Miriam Fried.  Other teachers have included Philip Setzer, Brian Lewis, Teri Einfeldt, Steven Tenenbom and Gerhard Schulz.  She plays an 1846 Pierre Silvestre violin and a 2004 Marco Coppiardi viola.