Strings Magazine USA

Strings Magazine USA

In her orchestral debut recording, Italian- American violinist Francesca Dego tackles two pieces of Italian origin: Paganini’s Violin Concerto No. 1 and the lesser-known Wolf-Ferrari Violin Concerto. The Paganini, which celebrates its 200th anniversary this year, brings Dego full circle... She took time out of her recital schedule to discuss the works on her new album, and offer advice to young violinists entering the beginning of their recording careers...PDF

The Strad

The Strad

The Strad Practice Diary
I always practice best under pressure. Often I have to give many back-to-back concerts with different repertoire, and when I realise I’m behind on the completely unrealistic schedule I’ve made for myself, I’m suddenly become very responsible and studious. The most important thing in these cases is to never let practice become hasty…PDF

BBC Music Magazine Rising Star

BBC Music Magazine Rising Star

…Dego also has ambitions to bring new life to overlooked Italian composers. “There are so many 20th century composers who, because they were working in fascist Italy, vere deliberately sidelined after the war. Some, like Casella, had links to the government, but others like Wolf-Ferrari had nothing to do with it. They simply represented the old sound”. Dego will give Wolf-Ferrari’s Violin Concerto it’s UK premiere with the CBSO next March… PDF

Review: When in Rome, CBSO, at Birmingham Symphony Hall

Review: When in Rome, CBSO, at Birmingham Symphony Hall

The solo writing in Wolf-Ferrari's substantial work is virtually ever-present, and cruelly demanding. Psychologists might find in it a means of exerting sexual domination over his inamorata, but whatever the case, the exciting young violinist Francesca Dego rose to the challenge miraculously. She unflinchingly climbed the stratospheres into which the composer repeatedly sent her, her intonation had a steely accuracy tempered by gorgeous tone from her full-throated violin, and her virtuosity encompassed all that Wolf-Ferrari wrung from his soloist... Dego's encore allowed us to concentrate entirely upon her musicianship and stunning technique, as she spectacularly encompassed the fearsome demands of Paganini's 24th Caprice... PDF