Young cellist Francesco Stefanelli has been chosen by broadcaster SMRTV to represent the country at Eurovision Young Musicians 2016. The 17-year old comes from the town of Borgo Maggiore in San Marino, and has been playing the cello since he was seven years old.
Born and raised in San Marino, Francesco graduated from the 'Lettimi' Institute of Higher Education in Rimini (Italy) in 2015. In the same year he would the prestigious ”Maura Giorgetti” scholarship for young cellists under twenty years old, organised by the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Scala Theatre in Milan; and a year later in March 2016 won the Scholarship of “Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe”.
San Marino joined the Eurovision Song Contest in 2008, and the Junior Eurovision in 2013.