The 18-year-old Francesco Stefanelli, born in San Marino in 1999, started studying cello at the age of seven at the Music Institute of San Marino. He graduated with honors in 2015 at the Institute of Higher Education Lettimi in Rimini.
When he was only twelve he was permitted to attend the course held by M° Antonio Meneses at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, obtaining the diploma of merit. He continued his studies with Thomas Demenga in Turin, with Enrico Dindo at the Pavia Cello Academy and with Antonio Meneses at the W. Stauffer Academy in Cremona. He has attended a masterclass with Jens-Peter Maintz, Ivan Monighetti, Frans Helmerson and Marianne Chen.
Francesco came first in national and international competitions including at the 11th Cello Competition Antonio Janigro in Croatia, which allowed him to perform at the Smetana Hall in Prague as soloist with the North Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. He won the first prize at the EuroAsia International Music Competition in Cremona, first prize at the European Music Competition in Moncalieri and first prize at the Città di Giussano Competition. In addition he has been awarded at the Rahn Music Prize in Zurich in 2018.
Francesco won the prestigious scholarship entitled to Maura Giorgetti for best Italian young cellist under twenty, organized by the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Scala Theatre of Milan and the scholarship of the Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe. He was awarded the scholarship of De Sono Associazione per la Musica and received a scholarship from the International Academy of Music in Liechtenstein where he took part in the intensive music weeks and activities offered by the Academy.
Currently he attends the Master of Arts in Music Performance with Enrico Dindo at the Lugano Conservatory after receiving the Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship for Artists.
Francesco Stefanelli plays a Marino Capicchioni cello dated 1973, on loan by San Marino government.