Phone: (970) 491-3160
Office: UCA 316C
Position: Coordinator of Strings Area
Associate Professor of Violin
Ron Francois performances as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician has consistently won the acclaim of notable musicians. "...a big talent..." said Abram Shtern, concertmaster of the Kiev state Opera and professor at the Kiev Conservatory. Others proclaim Francois playing as "...extremely musical..." Francois plays with great sensitivity and warmth," said Concert Violinist Daniel Heifetz. "A wonderful musician...sensitive ensemble player and a brilliant violinist," said Michael Tree from the Guarneri String Quartet.
A recipient of the Quebec Arts Council Grant, Francois began his career under the tutelage of concert violinist Daniel Heifetz and members of the Guarneri String Quartet. Francois concertized all over the U.S.A. and abroad with Heifetz as soloist, and as a member of his Classical Band. Consequently, Francois has performed several major solo works with orchestras in Canada and throughout the United States. He has also studied with David Salness of the Audubon Quartet, Elizabeth Adkins, Zvi Zeitlin, and has participated in masterclasses with Charles Castleman.
As a chamber musician Ron Francois' experience is far reaching. As a former member of the internationally acclaimed chamber ensemble I Music de Montreal, Francois toured extensively and recorded two CD's with this ensemble on the Naxos Label.
Francois is the former violinist of the Mendelssohn Trio based in Colo. For six seasons he toured with this fine ensemble in the U.S. and abroad and, in 2012, after a concert tour of Wyo. and S.D., the Denver Post named the Mendelssohn Trio "one of Colorado's five best chamber music ensembles."
He has also collaborated with musicians from the world s great orchestras, including numerous performances with Boris Garlitsky, former concertmaster of the London Philharmonic Orchestra and violin and professor at the Paris Conservatoire; Arkady Fomin from the Dallas Symphony; and members of the Colorado and St. Louis Symphony Orchestras.
In the Duo Francois with pianist Silvana Santinelli, Francois has performed all over Mexico, Canada, the U.S., and China. Recently, as recent recipients of the prestigious Mexican FONCA artist grant, the Duo Francois has commissioned three new works for violin and piano and will be recording these on the Centaur label in 2016.
Works by Juno award winning Canadian composer Andrew Paul Mac Donald, and ASCAP-Morton Gould winning composer James David, will be included. Also, a double concerto for violin and piano by Pulitzer finalist, Mexican composer Juan Trigos will complete the project.
Ron Francois recently performed Joseph Schwantner's Angelfire for violin and orchestra with the Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra, and has engagements to perform Leonard Bernstein's Serenade for solo violin and orchestra in Guanajuato, Mexico and in Colo. in the 2014/15 season.
An active clinician, Ron Francois has established strong ties with universities and conservatories in several countries and continues to attract highly advanced students for studies in violin performance.
In addition to his performance activities, Ron Francois serves as head of the String Division at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colo. where he has been on the faculty since 2002.