Nadia Francavilla, Montreal-born violinist and music educator, brings a collaborative spirit, a passion for new music, and a distinctly European sensibility to her performing and teaching work. A McGill University graduate, she trained under Mauricio Fuks, Raphael Druian and Joseph Silverstein. Her orchestral background includes l’Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal and Les Violons du Roy, and she spent several years with Quatuor Arthur-LeBlanc and Quatuor Bozzini, producing recordings and touring in North America, Europe and Japan. At present, she performs most often with Motion2, Atlantica and Moineaux D’Entendre, exploring classical and contemporary works in mixed chamber music settings.
Ms. Francavilla’s driving interest in new music has led her to commission and premiere new works from both Canadian and international composers. She particularly enjoys working with young composers, sharing in their creative process and nurturing their innovative spark. Meanwhile, explorations of improvised works and frequent collaborations with visual and multimedia artists have shaped her study of music as performance art.
In the classroom, Ms. Francavilla acts as a guide, working with students to help them develop their own knowledge and skills. She has taught at the University of New Brunswick since 2011, when she designed the course Women in Music. She also teaches Music and Cinema, drawing on her personal interest in film to lead students to a broader understanding and appreciation of film sound and scores.
She has taught private violin lessons and conducted string ensembles at the Université de Moncton since 2010. She recently began teaching violin at Mount Allison University and coaching string sectionals for their university orchestra. She is an experienced string and violin festival adjudicator for both anglophone and francophone events, and has served as the Director of the week-long Academy affiliated with the New Brunswick Summer Music Festival since its inception in 2014. In the same year, she created the violin syllabus for grades 1 to University for L’École Préparatoire de Musique associated with Université de Moncton.
Ms. Francavilla has held the position of Musician in Residence at UNB since 2009. For a second year, she has been tasked with curating the New Music Series, a set of three concerts bringing contemporary compositions to New Brunswick audiences. The resulting concert series includes a rare glimpse at Pierre Boulez's Anthème 2 for solo violin and live electronics and the premiere of Luciano Berio's virtuosic Sequenzas with long-time collaborators Karin Aurell, Richard Hornsby and Andrew Miller.
A project is currently underway to submit recordings of each of her performances as Musician in Residence to the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick. The project is being undertaken by recording engineer Kevin Herring with the support of a Documentation grant from the New Brunswick Arts Board.