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With Prof. Irena Grafenauer

Francesca Canali is a flutist with a broad international education, musically grown up in an international cultural environment, in direct contact with the most important European musical traditions and with renowned international flutists (Irena Grafenauer, Michael Kofler, Patrick Gallois, James Galway, Maxence Larrieu, Angelo Persichilli,..), exponents of the main European flute schools, as well as outstanding musical personalities as the famous conductors Sergiu Celibidache and Leonard Bernstein.

Parallel to flute performance and pedagogy, she studied chamber music, voice/singing, baroque flute (Traverso) and early music performance practice, pedagogy, musicology, experimental composition, musician’s health and medicine (self-care, prevention, anatomy and physiology), philosophy and cultural anthropology.

With Maestro Angelo Persichilli

She studied and graduated from renowned European music conservatories and universities in Rome (Conservatorio and Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia), Paris (École Normale de Musique Alfred Cortot, CNR de Rueil Malmaison, Departément de Musique Ancienne du Conservatoire de Paris) and Salzburg (Universität der Musik Mozarteum), concluding her studies with a Master of Art under the guidance of Prof. Irena Grafenauer, a Postgraduate Degree in the class of Prof. Michael Kofler, and a PhD in Music Education at the Mozarteum University of Music (all degrees were obtained cum Laude).

In addition, Francesca Canali obtained (cum Laude) a Diplôme Superieur in Chamber Music in the class of Prof. Michael Hentz in Paris (École Normale de Musique Alfred Cortot) and has been an academist and scholarship holder of European orchestras and chamber music academies such as the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, the Scuola Internazionale di Alto Perfezionamento Musicale in Saluzzo (To) and the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, where she also obtained the Diploma d’onore.

With Sir James Galway

She owes her musical education in particular to Irena Grafenauer, Patrick Gallois and Angelo Persichilli. Further decisive influences in her artistic development have come from flautists such as James Galway, Michael Kofler, Maxence Larrieu, Aurèle Nicolet, Janos Balint, Alain Marion, Peter Lukas Graf, Barthold Kuijken, Dante Milozzi, Jean Ferrandis, and Hélène d’Yvoire.

Unforgettable artistic experiences and lasting traces were left by the seminars of Sergiu Celibidache on the Phenomenology of Music, which she attended between 1992 and 1996 in Paris, and Leonard Bernstein’s one-week orchestra seminar in Rome (1989), which was a true musical ‘initiation’ for her.

With an open-minded personality and a constant motivation to broaden her cultural and musical horizons and enrich her musical knowledge and skills, Francesca Canali has also attended numerous master classes held by others prominent musical personalities (‘non-flautists’) such as Uto Ughi, Christa Ludwig, Teresa Berganza, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Bruno Giuranna, Riccardo Brengola, Juri Bashmet, Vladimir Mendelsshon, Felix Ayo, Reiner Schmidt, and Giuseppe Garbarino.

With Alain Marion

Furthermore, she has refined her musical and pedagogical skills and competences through numerous advanced and in-depth courses on the psycho-physiological aspects, the medicine and the science related to the musical performance, body-awareness training methods (Alexander, Feldenkrais, Qi Gong, etc.), different singing and breathing techniques, and many other important themes of the musical praxis and pedagogy (stage fright, body-resonance, flow, kinesiology, improvisation, etc.). 

In 2013 she was awarded the academic degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in music science and pedagogy cum laude at the University Mozarteum in Salzburg with an innovative interdisciplinary research (doctoral thesis) on the anatomy and the physiological and mental processes involved in flute and wind instrument playing.