Francesco Stefanelli, born in San Marino in 1999, started studying cello at the age of 7 at the Music Institute of San Marino. He graduated with honors in 2015 at the Institute of higher Education “Lettimi” in Rimini.
In 2012, when he was only twelve, he was permitted to attend the course held by Antonio Meneses at the “Accademia Chigiana” in Siena, obtaining the diploma of merit. He continues his studies with Thomas Demenga in Turin, Enrico Dindo at “Pavia Cello Academy” and Antonio Meneses at “W. Stauffer Academy” in Cremona. He has attended masterclasses with Jens-Peter Maintz (Mozarteum Salzburg, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival inLubeck, Rutesheim Cello Akademie, Brühl, Ljubliana), W. E. Schimdt, Ivan Monighetti, Frans Helmerson, Asier Polo, Massimo Polidori, Young-Chang Cho, Marianne Chen, Paolo Bonomini.
He won the second prize at the International K. Penderecki Cello Competition in Krakow in 2018; he won first prizes in national and international competitions including, first prize at the 11th International Cello Competition “Antonio Janigro” in Croatia whose victory allowed him to perform at “Smetana Hall” in Prague as soloist with the “North Czech Philarmonic Orchestra”, first prize at “EuroAsia International Music Competition” in Cremona, first prize at “European Music Competition” in Moncalieri, first prize at ''Città di Giussano Competition”, first prize at ''IX Concorso Nazionale di Riccione”. He has also been awarded the third prize at the “Rahn Music Prize” in Zurich in 2018 and Mazzacurati International CelloCompetition in 2016 in Turin. Recently he won the first prize at the 2020 Contest AFR in Rome. He won the prestigious scholarship entitled to ”Maura Giorgetti” for the best Italian young cellist under twenty, organized by the “Philharmonic Orchestra of the Scala Theatre of Milan” and the scholarship of “Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe”, he was awarded the scholarship of “De Sono Associazione per la Musica” and received a scholarship from the “International Academy of Music” in Liechtenstein where he takes part in the intensive music weeks and activities offered by the Academy (class of J. P. Maintz).
He has performed as a soloist and in chamber music ensembles in many cities like: Prague - Smetana Hall, Siena - Accademia Musicale Chigiana, Cremona - Museo del Violino and Teatro Ponchielli, Bergamo - Sala Piatti, Vigevano, Firenze, Turin, Ravenna, Imola, Cesenatico, Rimini, Zurich, Lugano, Lubeck, Edinburgh, Kohln, Porec, Krakow, Jesi, Osimo, Fabriano, Macerata.
He has collaborated with the Filarmonica Della Scala under the baton of Daniel Harding, Zubin Mehta, Lorenzo Viotti and he got the suitability for the first cello of the Cherubini Orchestra of Ravenna conducted by Riccardo Muti (2019).
In July 2019 he recorded David Fontanesi's Arcadian Concert for cello and Orchestra with the "I Virtuosi Italiani" Orchestra. Recently he played the Shostakovich Cello concerto No. 1 with the “Orchestra Filarmonica Marchigiana FORM”. He attended the “Master of Arts in Music Performance” at Lugano Conservatory with Enrico Dindo after he received the Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship for Artists ESKAS.
He is currently studying with Giovanni Sollima at the National Academy of Santa Cecilia in Rome and at the Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofia in Madrid with Professor Jens Peter Maintz.
Registered program for the 50th IJMC Belgrade:
A) J. S. Bach: Cello Suite No. 6 in D major, Prelude & Sarabande
B) C. A. Piatti: Caprice for Solo Cello, op. 25, No. 7
C) G. Ligeti: Sonata for Solo Cello
A) S. Prokofiev: Cello Sonata, op. 119, C major
B) R. Schumann: Fantasiestucke op. 73
C) A. Vujić: ''Serbian Round Dance'' for Cello and Piano
D) N. Borenstein: Odysseus op. 87 for violoncello and piano
A) S. Prokofiev: Symphony-Concerto in E minor, op. 125