Francesco Bartoletti is a professor of cello at the Geneva Conservatory of Music since 2003. He is also a member of various chamber music groups and is frequently invited to give masterclasses. He is a co-founder of the Paderewski Piano Trio, which performs throughout Europe.
Francesco and his chamber music groups are prize-winners and finalists at several international competitions including the Migros Wettbewerb chamber music prize in Zurich, Switzerland, and the Schubert International chamber music competition in Alessandria, Italy. His groups have produced several recordings.
He regularly participates in national radio broadcasts and was featured as a soloist with the Chamber Orchestra of Lausanne.
Francesco enjoys meeting and bringing together artists and musicians from different horizons and art forms to produce new creations. The Zatar Ensemble was born from these encounters.
More recently, he has embarked into composition, having written a series of works for cello solo and ensembles.
During seven years Francesco was the artistic director of the “Printemps Musical de Chamonix”, bringing together music, theater, dance and literature.
Francesco also participated in a musical project in Palestine through a relationship with the Edouard Said Conservatory of Jerusalem. He performed throughout Palestine in chamber music groups composed of European and Palestinian musicians as well as with the Palestine National Youth Orchestra.
Francesco Bartoletti commenced his musical studies at the Parma Conservatory in Italy, where he obtained a Masters Degree in cello. He then moved to Switzerland to continue his training at the Lausanne Conservatory of Music where he received a First Prize in Virtuosity (Prix de Virtuosité) with distinction. The following year, he was awarded a Soloist Diploma. Subsequently, he continued his formal training in chamber music, at the Conservatory of Music in Geneva culminating with another First Prize- Prix de Virtuosité .