FRANCESCO CERRATO violin
"… Cerrato is a truly wonderful player, with such delicate nuance in every phrase. His understanding of Vivaldi is exceptional, and he truly balances that festivity and solemnity always at odds in Vivaldi’s corpus. I would buy this pair of discs just to hear him play." - Dan Sperrin (Fanfare Magazine, USA)
Francesco Cerrato was born in Asti in 1982 and began his study of the violin with Lee Robert Mosca at the Suzuki Talent Center in Turin when he was four years old. Since his childhood he has been featured in television and theater performances for RAI, Mediaset, and Smith-Hemion Productions of the United States. After the completion of his diploma studies at an exceptionally early age, he continued his education with Maestro Pavel Vernikov and his colleagues in Italy and abroad. Cerrato won numerous international competitions during the early phase of his concert career and now has presented more than 350 concerts in Europe, Russia, Africa, Brazil, the United States, and Japan. He recorded the world premiere of Lorenzo Perosi’s Concertos for Violin and Orchestra Nos. 1 and 2 for release on the Bongiovanni label of Bologna.
Francesco Cerrato is one of the artistic directors of the Istituto Diocesano Liturgico Musicale (I.DI.LI.M.), which is dedicated to the musicological recuperation of the manuscripts housed in the Capitulary Archive of the Asti Cathedral. In 2012 he contributed to the formation of Armoniosa and currently serves as the artistic director and solo violinist of this baroque ensemble. The ensemble regularly concertizes in Italy and foreign countries and was invited by Maestro Reinhard Goebel for a collaborative project and a course for advanced students at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg during the academic year 2013/14. Moreover, in the international sphere Armoniosa records for MDG (Musikproduktion Dabringhaus und Grimm) and has released Antonio Vivaldi’s La Stravaganza on this prestigious German label. The international press hailed this performance with solo violin as “A fresh breeze from Italy,” while Cerrato himself was described as “a genuine violin ace.” Since 2015 Francesco Cerrato and Armoniosa have been represented by the E&S Management (UK), UHMM International (DE) and ProClassics (DE).
Since his earliest childhood Cerrato has cultivated highly eclectic artistic capacities and interests that have led to musical experiences and encounters with personalities such as Roger Moore, Audrey Hepburn, Al Jarreau, Mike Buongiorno, Pippo Baudo, Luca Ronconi, Carla Fracci, Ugo Pagliai, Lina Sastri, and Roberto Accornero. He has worked in various artistic fields with Giuliano Carmignola, Pavel Vernikov, Mario Brunello, Enrico Bronzi, Danilo Rossi, Fabio Vacchi, Azio Corghi, Elena Zaremba, Daniele Di Bonaventura, Javier Girotto, Rita Marcotulli, Giampaolo Bandini, and Cesare Chiacchiaretta.
Inspired by his interest in the chamber repertoire, Cerrato founded the Trio Caravaggio and went on to serve as its violinist. This ensemble received awards at important international competitions such as the Vittorio Gui Competition in Florence and the Carlo Soliva Competition in Casale.
Encouraged by Maestro Arturo Sacchetti to express himself in the compositional medium ever since his youth, Cerrato has written numerous works and arrangements for chamber ensemble and for orchestra, some of which have been expressly dedicated to young interpreters. He won the first prize at the Mario Nascimbene International Competition for the Composition of Film Music in 2006. In addition, he has worked with "MagnoliaTV" and "Rainbow" on the production of music for leading television shows and series. An independent producer, he has directed videos and short films awarded prizes in Houston, New York, Mumbai, and Honolulu.
In 2008 Cerrato and his brother Stefano established RedDress (www.reddress.it), an audio/video production studio that has worked with important artists and with the Concerto Classics label of Milan. Since their youth the two have performed as the “Cerrato Brothers” in classical and crossover concerts with pop and jazz artists and with singers-songwriters.
Francesco Cerrato plays a violin by Paolo Antonio Testore (Milan, 1730) as well as a violin by David Hopf (Klingental, ca. 1810).