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Francesco Paolo Scola

Principal Solo Clarinet / Section Leader of the Ulster Orchestra in Belfast

Francesco Paolo Scola is Principal Clarinet-Section Leader of the Ulster Orchestra, in Belfast, having joined in 2009.

He graduated with full marks “summa cum laude”, aged just 18 from the V. Bellini conservatory in Palermo.

Whilst a student he won many major international competitions, including members of the international federation of Geneva.

After completing his studies, he started working with the Orchestra of the Opera House in Rome at the age of 19, alongside many leading conductors such as Riccardo Muti, Placido Domingo, Zoltan Pesko, Hubert Soudant amongst others.

A keen soloist, Francesco has performed most of the repertoire for clarinet and orchestra.  He has toured worldwide and performed in some of the finest concert halls including the Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Philharmonie de Paris, Suntory Hall Tokyo, the Royal Albert Hall London and many others.

Francesco frequently broadcast live concerts on radio and television for Mezzo, RAI International, Yle Finnish radio, BBC radio 3, BBC radio Ulster, NPO Radio 4 and has recorded several CDs for labels such as Chandos, Naxos, Hyperon.

Very passionate about musical pedagogy, Francesco is professor of music performance at Queen’s University Belfast, as well as visiting professor for the ARCS Clarinet Academy at Liverpool Hope University. He is frequently invited to give Masterclasses worldwide, including the Hochschule Für Musik in Karlsruhe, Germany, under the invitation of Wolfgang Meyer and Eduard Brunner, Associazione Stupor Mundi, Soni Ventorum, and Associazione Eliodoro Sollima.

Francesco regulary performs as Guest Principal Clarinet with many other orchestras including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra Helsinki, Orchestre Les Dissonances Paris, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, and The John Wilson Orchestra.

Most recently Francesco was invited to present and record some new works written for him by the renowned Italian cellist/composer Giovanni Sollima on the BBC programme “Classical Connections”.

Francesco Paolo Scola plays a Buffet Crampon clarinet model RC Prestige.

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