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Francisco Vidales


Francisco Vidales


Winner of the 2019 ASYO Concerto Competition, Mexican-born clarinetist Francisco Vidales began studying clarinet at the age of eleven. Most recently, Francisco toured Europe with the highly selective National Youth Orchestra of the United States, playing at the world's most prestigious concert halls, including Carnegie Hall in New York City, BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall in London, The Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Konzerthaus Berlin, The Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, Usher Hall in Edinburgh, and Seiji Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood.

During his high school years, Francisco was principal clarinet of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, The Emory Youth Symphony Orchestra, Concertmaster of the Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony, and a member of the ASYO Chamber Players. He was a fellow of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra's Talent Development Program, giving multiple recitals and concerts around the Atlanta area. He received First Prize for the 2019 Franklin Pond Chamber Music Competition, playing Ravel's Introduction and Allegro with Septet de Cramoisi. He has also appeared and given invitations to play with the Georgia Piedmont Youth Orchestra, Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra, and Alpharetta Symphony Orchestra.

Francisco has also performed in masterclasses and coachings for some of the world's leading clarinetists, including Yehuda Gilad, Ricardo Morales, Charles Neidich, Anthony McGill, Jonathan Gunn, Eli Eban, Howard Klug, Luis Rossi, Laura Ardan, and Alex Laing. His primary teachers include Eli Eban, Marci Gurnow, Alcides Rodriguez, and Diane Hargreaves.

Francisco currently attends the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University and plans to transfer to The Juilliard School in New York City. He plays Vandoren products and Buffet Crampon clarinets.

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