Flag of San MarinoSan Marino 2016

Eurovision Young Musicians 2016
Artist Francesco Stefanelli
Final piece Cello Concerto No. 1, 1st movement: Allegretto
Country San Marino
Broadcaster SMRTV


# Contest Participant Instrument Pieces Place
08 Eurovision Young Musicians 2016
Saturday, September 3, 2016
Francesco Stefanelli Cello Cello Concerto No. 1, 1st movement: Allegretto -

About Francesco Stefanelli

The tiny principality of San Marino makes its Eurovision Young Musicians debut this year in Cologne.

Young cellist Francesco Stefanelli was the lucky musicians 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.

In 2012, when he was only twelve, he started studying at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, obtaining the diploma of merit. A year later he performed the Concerto of Saint Saëns. In 2011 he won first prize at the IX National Competition of Riccione.

Between 2013 and 2015 he attended the annual Masterclass held by M° Thomas Demenga in Turin. Since then he has attended the prestigious Pavia Cello Academy with M° Enrico Dindo and the Accademia Stauffer in Cremona with M° Antonio Meneses. He also attended Masterclasses with Ivan Monighetti, Young-Chang Cho, Massimo Polidori, Frans Helmerson and Marianne Chen.

Francesco graduated from the 'Lettimi' Institute of Higher Education in Rimini (Italy) in 2015. In the same year he received the prestigious Maura Giorgetti scholarship for young cellists under twenty years old, organised by the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Scala Theatre in Milan. In that same year he won first prize at the European Music Competition held in Moncalieri as well as first prize at the second Euroasia Italy International Music competition.

In March 2016 he won the Scholarship of the Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe. He also won first prize at the XXI Competition Città di Giussano. From September 2016 he will attend a Master of Arts in Music Performance at Lugano Conservatoire with Enrico Dindo.