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Franziska Fleischanderl

PhD candidate

F. Fleischanderl
+31 71 527 2999

Franziska Fleischanderl is an expert of Italian 18th-century-salterio-playing. She is researching the salterio’s history and playing techniques, and brings its original repertoire back to life. She is founder and director of the ensemble IL DOLCE CONFORTO. Their two CDs “Sacred Salterio” and “Salterio italiano” were internationally reviewed and premiered. Franziska plays an original instrument from 1725, built by Michele Barbi.

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Curriculum vitae

Franziska Fleischanderl was born in Linz (AT). It was an unforgettable moment for her, as she heard for the first time in her life, at the age of four, the sound of a salterio. She immediately fell in love with its clear, ethereal sound. Meanwhile she graduated two master-studies with extinction in Linz and Basel under Karl-Heinz Schickhaus, Hopkinson Smith and Rudi Lutz and gives concerts and conferences in Europe, and overseas. She performed with ensembles such as the baroque orchestra La Cetra, Sollazzo ensemble, La Ritirata, Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, or Tonkünstlerorchester Niederösterreich and gave concerts at the Oude Muziek Festival Utrecht, the Styriarte, the Händel-Festspiele Göttingen, or at the Donaueschinger Musikwochen a.o. Franziska was involved in many CD- and radioproductions by ORF, BR, SWR, Deutsche Grammophon, Glossa and Christophorus.
Since many years, Franziska Fleischanderl focusses on the research of this instrument in the areas of Early and Contemporary music. From 2008 to 2015 she dedicated herself exclusively to the enlargement of contemporary sounds and repertoire for Hackbrett and its related notation. She premiered around 30 compositions in many different instrumentations, which were written for her. A highpoint was her collaboration with György Kurtág, who was enthusiastic about her transcriptions of his music and who authorized them for her.
After the coincidental acquisition of an extraordinary beautiful original salterio built by Michele Barbi in 1725 in Rome, she focusses since 2015 on the re-discovery and re-performance of the 18th century repertoire for the Italian salterio. In the course of her PhD trajectory at Leiden University she studies intensely the history, the tuning and the playing techniques (battuto with sticks and pizzicato with fingers or finger rings and plectra) of the Italian salterio and researches their impact on the original salterio repertoire. In the pursuit of bringing back to life the Italian salterio, she founded the ensemble IL DOLCE CONFORTO. Their two CDs “Sacred Salterio” and “Salterio italiano”, published under Christophorus label, were internationally reviewed and premiered.


PhD candidate

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Academie der Kunsten


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