Francisco Fullana: “It Is Not Only About Connecting the Musical Elements. It’s Also About Connecting With Others. That’s a Huge Reason Why I Play Music”
Adjunct Professor of Trumpet at Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska.
This interview with acclaimed violinist Francisco Fullana provides a comprehensive exploration of his musical journey, from his initial foray into the violin as a child in Spain to his extensive studies at the Royal Conservatory of Madrid, Juilliard School of Music, and USC Thornton. Fullana recounts the pivotal role of influential mentors, such as Manuel Guillén and Midori, in shaping his artistic trajectory.
The discussion delves into Fullana’s experiences in international competitions, emphasizing the transformative impact of these challenges on his musical growth. His role as the Chamber Music Director of the San Antonio Classical Music Institute highlights his commitment to education and community engagement, particularly with underserved youth.
The interview underscores Fullana’s reflections on solo performances with renowned orchestras and conductors, emphasizing the profound influence of collaborations with youth orchestras, notably under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel. These experiences fueled his passion for working with young musicians and sharing the stage with them.
A focal point of the conversation is Fullana’s recent album, “Bach’s Long Shadow,” which combines Bach’s works with compositions from the latter half of the 19th century. Fullana shares insights into his evolving interpretation of Bach’s music, his exploration of Baroque techniques, and the thematic underpinning of the album. The interview concludes with a glimpse into Fullana’s teaching philosophy, emphasizing inspiration, challenge, and the joy of collaborative music-making.
Looking ahead, Fullana discusses upcoming projects, notably the release of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with Apollo’s Fire and Jeannette Sorrell. The anticipation of diverse collaborations and projects underscores Fullana’s commitment to continuous artistic exploration and his enduring passion for connecting with audiences through music.