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Francina Moll Salord - violin

Biography

Violinist Francina Moll Salord is a graduate of the Royal College of Music, London (RCM), where she obtained a Masters in Performance Degree as well as a Bachelor of Music with Honours Degree with professors Radu Blidar and Natasha Boyarsky. Prior to her studies at RCM, Francina obtained a Junior Diploma at the Purcell School of Music, where she was given a scholarship to study with professor Evgueny Grach. Francina started to learn violin at the the age of six in her home town of Ciutadella de Menorca, beginning her studies at the age of 13 Francina studied at the Oriol Martorell Centre of Arts in Barcelona with teacher Marina Mazón.

Throughout Francina’s education in London she has recieved scholarships from the Kathleen Trust, Help Musicians UK, Albert Cooper Trust, Artistas Ejecutantes o Intérpretes de España and Fundación Internaciona para la difusión de las Artes y Humanidades. In June 2015 Francina was also awarded the Kenneth Loveland Gift, becoming the second violinist to be given this award since 2006. Sir Simon Rattle is the Patron of the award, which is given to instrumentalists and singers in the UK after a competitive audition process.

Francina gave her first public recital at the age of 13 at Sa Nostra Hall in Ciutadella de Menorca. Since then, she has performed in venues such around London as Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall at Southbank Centre, the Victoria & Albert Museum and Charlton House amongst others.

Whilst studying at the Oriol Martorell Centre of Arts, she was chosen by the institution to perform in Graz (Austria), in a concert organised by the European Union, in which musicians from all over Europe represented their country with their music-making. At Wigmore Hall, Francina performed a piece by composar James McMillan, who was present during the concert. She has also played with the Dukas Trio as part of the London Trio Society Concert Series. Francina performed at the premiére of an orchestral piece by composer Peter Maxwell Davies at St. John’s Smith Square. She was invited to perform at the Aurora Festival in Sweden, where she worked with Finnish conductor Leif Sagerstam.

In the UK, Francina is a Talent Unlimited artist and works with orchestras such as the Beethoven Chamber Orchestra and the Canterbury Philarmonia amongst others. Francina accompanied cellist Julian Lloyd Webber at St. Martin-in-the-Fields. She has performed with the EMI Music Foundation Orchestra at the Somerset House in London, and has been invited to play at the Chipping Campden Festival on several occasions. Francina leads the London Classical Soloists Chamber Orchestra, is a member of the London Southbank Sinfonia Orchestra, and a regular deputy for the musical Phantom of the Opera in the West End, London.

Outside the UK, Francina regularly performs in concert halls such as the Auditori of Barcelona and Catalonia’s National Theatre with the Barcelona Symphony and Catalonia National Orchestra. She also collaborates with the Symphony Orchestra of Tenerife, the Symphony Orchestra of El Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona and the Symphony Orchestra of the Balearic Islands.

Francina is a keen advocate of contemporary music and often works closely with composers, premiering and recording their work. Francina premiered Sketch, a work for solo violin by Austrian composer Thomas Wally at the Soundings Academy of Contemporary Music in London. She is a member of the Omnes Musica Ensemble of Contemporary Music. Francina has also recorded for film scores, most recently recording at Abbey Road Studios the score for La Lune Folle.

Francina plays a Frederic Chaudiére violin, thanks to the kind support of the Abbado European Young Musicians Trust, EMI, the Loan Fund for Musical Instruments and the Instrument Loan Fund of the Royal College of Music.

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updated December 2016

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