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Francesca dePasquale stopped by the Strings studio to perform two movements of unaccompanied Bach from her debut self-titled album. DePasquale was born into a musical family and started playing violin at age three: her father, the late William dePasquale, served as the Philadelphia Orchestra’s co-concertmaster and her mother Gloria is still a cellist with the orchestra. She received her master of music degree from the Juilliard School, where she studied with Itzhak Perlman and Catherine Cho. She currently teaches part-time.

Take a look inside dePasquale’s violin case, where she keeps her 1968 Sergio Peresson violin (her father’s former instrument), Nicolas Voirin bow, and a picture of her practicing violin with her father at age three.


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Francesca dePasquale violin case

Watch the 26-year-old violinist perform Bach’s Violin Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004, Allemande, and his Violin Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004, Sarabande.