The Mallorcan violinist Francisco Fullana stars in the fourth concert of the season of the Sinfónica de las Illes Balears.

Jan 11, 2023 | Current affairs, Featured, Thursday Daily Bulletin, Tradition

Mallorcan violinist Francisco Fullana will perform as a soloist in the fourth concert of the season of the Orquesta Sinfónica Illes Balears (Symphony Orchestra of the Balearic Islands). Passió de joventut (Passion of Youth) is the title of the concert at the Palma Auditorium, which will be held on Thursday the 12th of January at 8 pm and will be conducted by Perry So. Tickets are on sale on the Symphony’s website ( and at the Auditorium box office.

The concert will begin with Unsuk Chin’s energetic Subito con forza; a work composed as part of the commemorations of the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth.

Before the interval, the Sinfónica, with violinist Francisco Fullana, will perform Szymanowski’s Violin Concerto No. 1. Written in 1916, it is one of the first modern violin concertos of great technical difficulty.

TDB keeps you informed. Follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

The Mallorcan violinist Francisco Fullana

The Mallorcan violinist Francisco Fullana will be the soloist performing the concerto by the Polish composer. Awarded in 2018 with the Avery Fisher Career Grant, he is known on both sides of the Atlantic as an international soloist and a pioneer in innovative collaborative projects with young musicians. His latest album for Orchid Classics, Bach’s Long Shadow, has been named BBC Music Magazine’s album of the month. Their 5-star review described Fullana’s performance as “combining the generosity of Itzhak Perlman and the aristocratic elegance of Henryk Szeryng”.

violinista mallorquin Francisco Fullana 1

The concert will end with a performance of Chout (‘The Jester’), a ballet suite op. 21 by Sergei Prokofiev with the help and supervision of Igor Stravinsky. In 1922, during his stay in the town of Ettal in the Bavarian Alps, he prepared, among other works, the symphonic suite for the ballet of The Jester, in twelve movements. It is a work based on the folk tales collected by Aleksandr Afanasiev. The work was well-reviewed by the press and was described as an “attractive” and “sharp” score for a grotesque story.

The concert will be conducted by Perry So. He was born in Hong Kong in 1982 and received his early musical training in piano, organ, violin, viola and composition there. He graduated from Yale University with a degree in literature with a focus on the interaction of literature and music in Central Europe in the modernist era, and as a student at Yale founded an orchestra and directed the undergraduate opera company. He received his conducting training with Gustav Meier at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore. In 2008 he received the First and Special Prizes at the Fifth International Prokofiev Conducting Competition in St. Petersburg, Russia. He has held positions as assistant and associate conductor of the Hong Kong Philharmonic, a member of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, an artistic collaborator of the Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias in Spain and a member of the conducting faculty of the Manhattan School of Music.