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Concert Series

Narrating the Cello

Saturday, April 06, 2013 7:00 PM
Location: All Faith Chapel, 4110 Guadalupe St. Austin TX 78705

"Narrating the Cello"

Musical stories of “low” instruments

Solo Recital

Francesco Mastromatteo: Cello
With Special Guest
DaXun Zhang: Double Bass

Admission is Free! Donations are welcomed at the door!


Suite......................................................................G. Cassado’ (1897-1966)
Intermezzo e Danza Finale


Duetto for Cello and Double Bass...........................G. Rossini (1792-1868)
Andante molto


Suite n.1 op.72...........................................................B. Britten (1913-1976)
Canto Primo
Canto Secondo
Canto Terzo
Moto Perpetuo e Canto Quarto

Francesco Mastromatteo

Francesco MastromatteoDescribed as a "virtuosic and passionate musician" by the Dallas Morning News, the Italian-born cellist Francesco Mastromatteo completed his Doctoral degree in Cello Performance at the Butler School of Music in May 2012 working with Prof. Bion Tsang.

Artistic Director of the "Giovanni Paisiello" Concert Society in Lucera, Italy, Francesco won in his native country the First Prizes of the International Rotary Competition in Teramo, of the "G. Turci" National Cello Competition in Ravenna, and of the "A.CA.DA.-E.N.DAS" Music Contest in Genova. In Italy he served as principal cellist of the "U. Giordano" Symphony Orchestra in Foggia from 2002 to 2004 and kept performing in this capacity with the Meadows Symphony Orchestra in Dallas, following his move to the United States in 2004. In addition to leading the cello section, Francesco performed often as soloist with both symphonies, as well with the Meadows Wind Ensemble, with the chamber orchestra "Suoni del Sud", and with the "Orchestra Cittá di Pescara". He also performed the complete solo suites by J.S. Bach at the prestigious Ravenna Festival in 2009 as well as at Southern Methodist University in 2007.

In 2010 Francesco Mastromatteo has been appointed Artist in Residence of the non profit organization "Classical Music for the World" based in Austin, Texas. For CMFW Francesco organizes a concert series, coaches chamber groups and teaches cello. He has also been the artistic director of the concert series "Spring of Harmony" which he created in 2008 at S. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Dallas.

Avid chamber musician, he performed in duo, trio and quintet with piano with such artists as Laura de Fusco, Benedetto Lupo, Andres Diaz, and with the concertmaster of the La Scala Philharmonic Francesco Manara. In Texas Mastromatteo was also the cellist of Daniel Piano Trio and of the Empindung Piano Trio.
His lasting collaboration with Italian pianist Tommaso Cogato has won him a First Prize at the Padova International Chamber Music Competition in 2003. He has also worked closely with Antonio Pompa-Baldi, recording the Grieg's Cello Sonata op.36 for Centaur Records.

Francesco wide musical interests cover baroque performance practice as well the contemporary music scene. He played on period instruments with the ensembles Concerto Italiano lead by the world renowned Rinaldo Alessandrini, as well with "Camerata Anxanum". On the opposite side of the classical music arena he performed the world premieres of the cello sonatas by Thomas Schwan (2008) and Thomas Sleeper (2009), as well Taberah for cello solo by Robert Franck.

Francesco Mastromatteo holds an Artist Diploma and a Master in Performance from Southern Methodist University in Dallas where he studied under the inspiring tutelage of Andres Diaz. From 2006 to 2009 he also worked with Nathaniel Rosen, Timothy Eddy and Chris Adkins, and 2010 attended the contemporary music workshop on cello solo music lead by Anssi Karttunen in Santa Fè, for the Sibelius Academy of Helsinky. In Italy Francesco got his bachelor and his master degrees in Cello Performance from the Conservatory of Pescara and the Pescara Musical Academy, where he was a student of Luigi Piovano. He also studied with Rocco Filippini at the Staufer Academy in Cremona, and with David Geringas at the Fiesole School of Music in Florence, winning in both cases the special scholarships reserved to the best students. His first cello teachers were Anna Maria Mastromatteo, his aunt, and, most importantly, Mike Shirvani.

Mastromatteo's interests are not limited to his instrument alone. With a keen passion for all different aspects of the fine arts, Mastromatteo earned a master degree with honors in Literature and History of Arts from Bari University, publishing his final thesis on Umberto Giordano for Bastogi Editrice, as well as other miscellaneous works, most importantly an article on links between Dante Alighieri and music in the Medieval Ages in the volume "Dante in Lettura" published by the Longo Editore in Ravenna. He also worked as music and art critic for the daily newspaper "L'Unitá – Paese Nuovo" from 2002 to 2003.


DaXun Zhang

DaXun ZhangDouble Bassist DaXun Zhang has established himself as an unparalleled artist, earning the highest praise from both critics and audiences alike.  The recipient of numerous awards, Mr. Zhang holds the distinction of being the youngest artist to win the International Society of Bassists Solo Competition in 2001 as well as the first double bass player to win the Young Concert Artists International Auditions.  In 2007, Mr. Zhang was awarded the Avery Fisher Career Grant, which confirms his eminence as a soloist on this unusual instrument.

Mr. Zhang has appeared as a soloist with prominent orchestras such as the Minnesota Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Lukes, the Tokyo Symphony and the Pacific Symphony.  He travels around the world, bringing his diverse recital programs consisting of repertoire ranging from western classical music to Chinese folk music.  Mr. Zhang makes frequent appearances with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and various chamber music festivals.  He has also performed extensively with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble.

DaXun Zhang comes from a family of bassists in Harbin, China. He has been playing the instrument since the age of nine, and studied at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing beginning at the age of eleven. He continued his studies in the U.S. at the Interlochen Arts Academy and received his Artist Diploma at the Indiana University School of Music, where he worked with Lawrence Hurst.  He has served on the faculty of Northwestern University and is the Assistant Professor of Double Bass at the University of Texas at Austin.


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