Francesco Quaranta

Francesco Quaranta

Oboe

Francesco Quaranta studied at the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory in Milan under the guidance of Sergio Crozzoli, graduating with honors and honors. Later he continued to perfect himself with Hans-Jörg Schellenberger, Maurice Bourgue, Giorgio Nespoli, and Bruno De Rosa.  He studied for a year at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München with Günter Passin and two years at the “Musik-Akademie der Stadt” in Basel with Omar Zoboli. As a soloist he began in 1986 making his debut with R. Strauss’s “Oboe Concerto” with the RAI Milan Symphony Orchestra conducted by Daniele Gatti , and in the summer of 1989, following an audition, he was called to Germany by Schleswig Holstein Jugend Orchester to play the First and Second Brandenburg Concerti by JS Bach under the direction of Leonard Bernstein . [1] The activity of Orchestra Principal Oboe sees him already the first stable Oboe of the Orchestra of the Angelicum of Milan from 1990 until the closure of the Ente [2] in 1997 due to a fire [3] ; during this period he participated in the RomaEuropa Festival (in 1995) with “Il Pungolo di un amore” for oboe and strings by Azio Corghi . He has played with all the most important orchestras in Italy and has won 12 national and international performance competitions [4].  His activity has been reviewed by the most important national and foreign newspapers. [5] He has made numerous tours in Italy and Europe, as well as in Korea and Japan, performing most of the oboist repertoire, with recordings and even first performances by authors including Azio Corghi, L. De Pablo, R. Hazon, N. Castiglioni, L. Mosca, J. Baboni-Schilingi and Andrea Vigani. In September 2000 he was invited for a tour in Northern Europe and in Italy with the Kremerata Baltica of Gidon Kremer [6] and in January 2002 he was invited by the Berliner Philharmoniker for the first solo oboe competition along with eight other top oboists in the world. In 2005 he made his debut at the Lincoln Center in New York, in Vienna in the Konzerthaus and in Berlin in the chamber music of the Berliner Philharmoniker. From 2006 to 2008 he was President of the Cantelli Orchestra of Milan and since 2008 he has been Principal Oboe of the Orchestra of I Pomeriggi Musicali of Milan; to mention also the collaboration with Roberto Cacciapaglia for the three CDs for Universal Classic, in which he plays as an oboe only with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra . In September 2016 he won the competition for Principal Oboe of the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra. He has recorded and broadcast on the main Italian broadcasters: Raiuno, Raidue, Raitre, Canale 5, Retequattro, Rairadiotre, Filodiffusione and international: ORF of Wien, WNYC New York Public Radio.

Great Italian oboe players and composers