Francesco Rocco

Classical Guitar

10 Reviews (10 Verified)
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Classical guitarist with academic training in London and Bologna. I love contemporary music as much as I love the classical repertoire, I recently started composing for theatre shows and I have been part of creative-practice based ensemble Zephyros for 11 years, developing a very personal approach to my instrument.

Recently graduated at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London under Professor Graham Anthony Devine, Francesco is an Italian guitarist born in Padova in 1990.
He graduated with full marks at the Bologna Conservatoire in the class of Walter Zanetti, where he joins INCROCI Lab with Maurizio Pisati and ZEROCREDITI with Francesco La Licata. He attended the Segovia Guitar Academy in Pordenone with Paolo Pegoraro and Adriano Del Sal.
He has participated in Masterclasses with eminent musicians such as Leo Brouwer, Oscar Ghiglia, Fred Frith, Carlo Marchione, Marcin Dylla, Luciano Contini (lute), Alberto Rodriguez (flamenco guitar) and many others. Francesco distinguished himself in guitar competitions such as Alison Stephens’ (UK, 1st prize), Concorso Internazionale Giovani Musicisti “Antonio Salieri”(Italy, 2nd prize), Concorso di Esecuzione Musicale “Città Piove di Sacco” (Italy, 3rd Prize). Francesco is founder, producer and guitarist of Zephyros, world music ensemble described as ‘a quartet who dialogues with the past and explores the future’ (Blogfoolk - 2019).
His versatile approach to guitar led him to perform in a wide range of ensembles, exploring Tango, Contemporary, Popular and Traditional Music.

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10 Reviews - 2 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Bmarie11

    I have collaborated with Francesco Rocco on several occasions. I confess, he has spoiled me, I can’t imagine anyone else who would interpret my music with such expressive artistry and instinctive expression. He gives life to the music. He is a musician of the highest caliber, a pleasure to work with, as well as a very kind person who listens with an open heart. He has my highest recommendation.

  2. Review by Maarten R.

    Franceso did a wonderful job. He added some nice solo parts to the song too.

  3. Review by Bmarie11

    Francesco is a brilliant musician who consistently exceeds my expectations. He has recorded several of my compositions now and it’s quite magical how he brings the music to life, just as I had imagined and hoped for. He’s also a kind and thoughtful person. Working with him has been a privilege.

  4. Review by Maarten R.

    Very satisfied with Francesco.

    I asked him to write an arrangement for classical guitar of the song "Laudato Si.

    He started completely from scratch, and did a wonderful job. Thanks and until next time.

  5. Review by Bmarie11

    I’ve worked with Francesco a few times now. I’m running out of positive adjectives like amazing, brilliant, wonderful, and perfect to describe working with him! They’re all true. He’s a dream collaborator. Communication is great, he is a true master of the instrument and he’s a very sweet and kind person. He always has my highest recommendation!

  6. Review by Bmarie11

    Always a great pleasure to work with Francesco. He regularly exceeds expectations and will bring his special magic to your music. He has my highest recommendation and I hope to have the opportunity to work with him again in the future~!

  7. Review by Bmarie11

    Francesco is a dream collaborator. He is highly professional, a brilliant guitarist and a joy to work with. His interpretations of my music have been exactly what I envisioned. Perfect! I wish I could give more than five stars!

  8. Review by Bmarie11

    😊Always a pleasure! It was such a wonderful experience working with Francesco who once again, completely exceeded all expectations. Highest recommendation ❤️

  9. Review by Bmarie11

    Francesco was an absolute dream to work with! He is an absolutely brilliant guitarist who exceeded all expectations. It was such a pleasure. I hope to work with him again soon!

  10. Review by luqman_up

    Francesco was hired, and Francesco delivered! It was a pleasure working with him.

Interview with Francesco Rocco

  1. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  2. A: I work in my home studio. The setup is essential, I work with few distractions: my concert guitars, Oktava microphones, Steinberg sound card and my mac. But I always have ready with me my Fender Strato and Arturia Keylab Mk2 if I want to explore different soundscapes.

  3. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  4. A: I am starting the recording of my solo EP focused on South American guitar music. It will feature works by Brouwer, Guastavino, Saboya and others. I am also planning to record the compositions that Annamaria Moro and me wrote for two theatre shows produced by Teatro Boxer and Inaf. The shows talk about the future of space exploration, space travels and our planet. For the occasion I have the privilege of playing and singing together with this wonderful cellist, singer and composer and great friend Annamaria.

  5. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  6. A: If you need a Clarinet or ethnic wind instruments recording, I cannot recommend enough Francesco Ganassin, one of the most intelligent and refined musician I ever heard.

  7. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  8. A: Seriousness, organisation, and a special attention to every job.

  9. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  10. A: I like to go straight to the point: what do you need the most? But after clarifying that, ask me how I can bring a personal touch to your idea if you want! I put myself in every single note of each project I believe in and share with other humans.

  11. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  12. A: My concert guitar, handcrafted in Germany in 2004. That's all I need. But to fill in the remaining 4 places I'd pick microphones, soundcard, laptop, and a lot of imagination.

  13. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  14. A: Classical repertoire keeps me busy every day, as much as world music. I work on my compositions and on works by great composers from a variety of ages and countries.

  15. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  16. A: Teamwork.

  17. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  18. A: Each song is unique. No matter how simple or complex, dense or spaced, upbeat or chilled. My goal is to bring a touch of my sensitivity to every piece of music I have the luck of working on.

  19. Q: What's your typical work process?

  20. A: Listening. And understanding the client's requests deeply. I always love to deeply discuss all the aspects of the work and organize every aspect of it. Planning is the most consistent part of the first phase of each work, followed of course by a lot of practice and reflection. I normally record during the 'work in progress' phase, to improve the strengths and correct the weaknesses of my playing, in order to always deliver works I am proud of.

  21. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  22. A: Ralph Towner is possibly the guitarist that inspires me the most. A brilliant combination of refined classical guitar techniques with a creative approach to composition and improvisation. I greatly appreciate musicians who can express their unique voice through the six strings, Vicente Amigo, Dominic Miller, Yamandu Costa and Egberto Gismonti to name a few.

  23. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  24. A: Recording nylon string guitar is my speciality. I work across many genres, using my instrument to accompany singers or other instruments, transcribing and filming breakdowns of guitar parts or creating unique solo/ensemble compositions and arrangements for my clients.

Letter From Home by Pat Metheny

I was the Classical Guitarist in this production

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  • Oktava MK012
  • Steinberg URC22C
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