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 studied double bass with Daniele Roccato and Stefano Scodanibbio. In 2011 he graduated with Honours from Perugia Conservatoire and, in the same year, he obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Electronics and Computing and an award as the best student of Electronic Engineering department.
He took part to masterclasses of Bozo Paradzik, Alois Posh and Stefano Scodanibbio, he worked with important personalities of the Italian literary scene such as Vitaliano Trevisan; he also worked with contemporary composers such as Sofia Gubaidulina, Hans Werner Henze, Gavin Bryars, Terry Riley, Stefano Scodanibbio, Fabio Cifariello Ciardi, Edgar Alandia, Julio Estrada, Filippo Perocco, Stefano Pierini among others.
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 2014 he became a member of the OSN Rai (National Symphony Orchestra RAI) that he currently serves as principal double bass. He played with the Ensemble MusikFabrik, Baroque Ensemble “La Mole Armonica” and was invited to play with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra (London), Orchestra of “Teatro alla Scala” (Milan), Orchestra Filarmonica del Teatro Alla Scala (Milan), Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (Ginevra), Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana (Lugano), Filarmonica di Milano. He is an active chamber musician and he plays regularly in duo with the pianist Federico Nicoletta.
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.