Francesco Platoni (b.Perugia, 1989) is an Italian double bassist. His musical research is oriented to found new interpretations of music for double bass in many different fields, from classical music to the performing arts. He began his musical studies on the double bass under the guidance of Daniele Roccato. In 2011 he graduated with Honours from Perugia Conservatoire and obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Electronics and Computing.
He was the first-prize winner of the 2011 “Valentino Bucchi” international double bass competition in Rome, and was awarded of the third prize at the international BASS 2010 Berlin Youth competition. In 2013 he won the third prize at the ISB (International Society of Bassist) Solo Competition in Rochester. He was a member of the EUYO (European Youth Orchestra) for the 2013/2014 season. In 2009 Francesco was a member of the staff that organized the International Festival of “contemporary double bass” in Perugia dedicated to the new repertoire for double bass.
He worked with important personalities of the Italian literary scene such as Vitaliano Trevisan; he also worked with contemporary performers and composers such as E. Alandia, G. Bryars, S. Gubaidulina, H.W. Henze, J. Estrada, F. Cifariello Ciardi, F. De Rossi Re, F. Perocco, S. Pierini, T. Riley, N. Sani and S. Scodanibbio, with whom he had the chance of improving the twentieth century solo double bass repertoire.
In 2014 he became a member of the OSN Rai (National Symphony Orchestra RAI). He has been invited to play with the Ensemble MusikFabrik, Baroque Ensemble “La Mole Armonica” and as Co-Principal Double Bass with the London Philharmonic Orchestra,the BBC Symphony Orchestra (London), Orchestra of “Teatro alla Scala” (Milan), Orchestra Filarmonica del Teatro Alla Scala (Milan).
He is a member of Ludus Gravis, an ensemble of double basses devoted to the contemporary repertoire, which performed in renowned national locations (among others the Biennale di Venezia, AngelicA, Rassegna di Nuova Musica di Macerata, Concerti del Quirinale and Nuova Consonanza in Rome, Ente Musicale Società Concertistica “B. Barattelli” of L’ Aquila, Ravenna Festival, Associazione Scarlatti Napoli, Màntica Festival Cesena) and European festivals (GAIDA – Vilnius, Imago Dei – Krems, Music of Changes – Klaipeda, Musica D’Hoy – Madrid, UNICUM – Lubiana, Borealis – Bergen, Vinterfestuka – Narvik, Suså Festival – Ringsted, Lux Aeterna – Hamburg, BBVA Foundation – Bilbao, Istituto di Cultura Italiano di Madrid).
His performances are broadcasted by RAI RadioTre, BBC Radio3, Radio CEMAT, Rtv Slo and his recordings are released by ECM, WERGO, Sony, CDKlassik.