Photo: Lutz Sternstein
Francesco Sica was born in Catania into a musical family. He studied at the Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Frankfurt with Priya Mitchell and Sophia Jaffé and at the Folkwang University of Arts in Essen with Dirk Mommertz. Francesco continued his studies at Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofia in Madrid with Ralf Gothóni. His musical development was enriched by masterclasses with Ivry Gitlis, Günter Pichler, Shmuel Ashkenasi, Ferenc Rados, Menahem Pressler, Eberhard Feltz, Stephan Milenkovich and Sergey Girshenko.
Francesco has won prizes at several national and international competitions including the prestigious Biennale di Violino Vittorio Veneto and Brahms Competition and has performed extensively throughout Europe, North and South America. As a soloist, Francesco has collaborated on various occasions with the Podlaskiej Chamber Orchestra in Poland and Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto in Italy.
Francesco is a passionate chamber musician and has performed with Daniel Rowland, Priya Mitchell, Polina Leshenko, Julian Arp, David Cohen, Vladimir Mendelssohn and Katya Apekisheva amongst others in several European festivals. He is the violinist of the Monte Piano Trio with whom he has performed at Schleswig-Holstein and Osnabrück Music Festivals and has been broadcast several times on West German Radio. The Trio also played at the Mozart Fest in Wuerzburg in the Rising Stars series, at the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival, Wigmore Hall and Laeiszhalle Hamburg.
He is also a memeber of Geméaux Quartet which has performed at the Lucerne Festival, Schubert Festival in Schwarzenberg, Rheingau Music Festival, Heidelberger Frühling, Kitakyushu Festival in Japan, as well as the Davos Festival. Radio and television invite the quartet regularly, and they performed on Swiss Radio DRS2, RTSI, Radio Berlin Brandenburg, SWR, WDR, Hessischer Rundfunk and Bavarian Radio.