He was born in Bari, Italy. He performed in Europe, America, Australia, China and Japan and recorded for Decca, Hyperion, Stradivarius, Neos and Amadeus. He has performed at the Teatro alla Scala, Berliner Philharmonie, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Royal Albert Hall and at festivals in Mexico, Istanbul, Montpellier, Potsdam, Ravello, Salzburg, Strasbourg, Tanglewood, at MiTo and the Venice Biennale, among others. He collaborated closely with Luciano Berio and has premiered more than 20 violin concertos by composers such as Terry Riley, Brett Dean and Michael Nyman, among others. He played with orchestras such as London Symphony, Teatro alla Scala Philharmonic, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestre National Il de France, Shanghai Philharmonic, Berliner Symphoniker, RAI National Symphony Orchestra, Nagoya Philharmonic, Saarlandischer Rundfunk, conducted by Lorin Maazel, Hubert Soudant, Pascal Rophé, Luciano Berio, Ingo Metzmacher and Sakari Oramo. In 2010 he was awarded the Abbiati Prize for Best Soloist. Francesco plays a violin of the luthier Giuseppe Guarneri "Comte de Cabriac" built in Cremona in 1711 and a Jean Baptiste Vuillaume built in Paris in 1863.