Francesco Palazzo, classic accordion
He has studied with Salvatore di Gesualdo and he also graduated with honors in Accordion (the first in the history of accordion in Italy) at the Conservatory "L. Cherubini "in Florence, completing his training through studies in Composition, Choral Music and Choral Conducting.
Special Mention was received at "S. Gubaidulina" at "Ibla Grand Prize" 2001 and 2002 he got the opportunity to perform in the prestigious concert halls in the United States and Europe (New York - Lincoln Center, Alice Tully Hall, NY University, Amsterdam IIC, National Philarmonic Kiev).
He has also played some very important concerts in the main Italian cities and abroad such as, (Holland, Germany, Russia, Poland, Ukraine, Albania, Congo). All of which were for important concert associations and music festivals.
He led a technical and expressive research staff, all based on a comparison with other instruments, which prompted him to re-establish his playing technique on a new basis and design and to build a concert instrument which is more responsive to the changing demands of art.
Since 1993 he has been teaching accordion at the Conservatory "N. Piccinni "in Bari. Along with concerts and teachers, he is working as transcriber and composer with many different of transcription publications, adaptations and his own compositions for accordion as well as an important work of didactic entitled "Fundamentals of Technical Accordion"for the Berben music publishing and for Physa Musical Editions.
He has recorded for Sorriso Ed Mus. “BRUNDIBAR”, Rugginenti “CONTEMPORANEA” and as a soloist for the Phoenix Audiosystem, “Classic Accordion” a recital which includes music by J. S. Bach, C. Franck, F. Lattuada, F. Alfano, L. Ferrari-Trecate, S. Calligaris, B. Bartolozzi and S. Gubaidulina and Digressione Music. He has also published "Movimento Perpetuo", a new record on the original literature for accordion avant-garde of the last forty years of music by L. Andriessen, T. Hosokawa, T. I. Lundquist, F. Palazzo, S. Gubaidulina, G. Tailleferre, O.Schmidt, S. di Gesualdo, and "FOLKSONGS!" Vol. 1 and Vol. 2, with Tiziana Portoghese, mezzo soprano and Folksongs Ensemble.
In chamber and orchestral music he is widely known for important collaborations with:
The "Tamborrino Ensemble";
The "Xenia Ensemble";
Adkins Chiti-"Women in Music" foundation
the "Musica Judaica" orchestra;
the "Collegium Musicum", with whom he performed alongside with the cellist Elizabeth Wilson "Sieben Worte" by Russian composer Sofia Gubaidulina, for accordion, cello and string orchestra.
Also the concert Society of Bari Orchestra, with whom he performed the "Concert for the people" for the first absolute time in 2008 for accordion and orchestra, dedicated to him by the composer Luigi pugliese Morley
The "Morley Mediterranean Quartet",
“Duo Folksongs!” with the mezzo-soprano Tiziana Portoghese,
The Duo" Palazzo Squillante, "with the mandolin player Mauro Squillante.
In 2005 he made his debut as a composer, winning the first prize in the Eighth Edition of The International Composition Competition "Franco Evangelisti", organized by the New Consonance, with "Perpetual Motion" - Concert Etude for accordion, published by Suvini dell'Edizioni Zerboni.
His performances and compositions have been broadcasted by RadioTre, Vatican Radio, Classical Radio Network and other European broadcasters.
In May 2011 at the Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari Francesco performed in his world premiere, a concert for accordion and orchestra, written for him by composer Vito Palumbo.
In July 2016 the Centro Studi Carlo d'Angiò of Scurcola Marsicana (AQ), awarded him the “International Prize Carlo d'Angiò” for the Music and Composition section.
“Francesco Palazzo is a highly talented musician, gifted with wonderful expressive and technical qualities; hence an element that raises the accordion to unexpected artistic heights.”
“A pondered touch and strict tone-control…A highly reasoned Bach, with nob concessions to superficiality or any forcing…When played this way, the classical accordion becomes a truly noble instrument.”
“A technically flawless execution and deeply emotional interpretation...With his accordion he cuts notes of pure crystal…”
(Il Corriere di Roma)
“The intensity of his interpretation and his technical masterly could not be further from the stereotype of accordion…It was almost a concert-lecture…”
“Elegant and highly expressive, his performance is the result of a detailed study on the dynamic sound. His interpretation is simply marvellous.”
"Those at mass were able to hear Francesco Palazzo's performance of Sofia Gubaidulina's accordion work, De Profundis. Mr. Palazzo brought out the inner intensity of the work, which though uncompromising in its harmonic language, communicated directly with a powerful dramatic integrity."
(J.D. Hixson , founder and Artistic Director of STUDIO for New Music -NY)