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Francesca Anderegg

Northfield, MN

Hailed by The New York Times for her “virtuosic panache,” violinist Francesca Anderegg delivers insightful accounts of contemporary and classical music. Known for inventive programming, composer collaborations, and precise interpretations, Anderegg is a musical explorer of the first order.

What's an emerging opportunity that can be developed in the classical music performance world / how can classical music expand its impact in the present moment?

Obviously, there has been this huge pivot towards online streaming. I think the effort that classical musicians are making to demystify the genre can work well in a streaming medium – breaking down the boundaries between audience and performers, and creating more personal connections. To expand the impact of classical music, musicians will have to help process our collective emotions of grief and loss as we navigate this time of social distancing, as our routines and lives change in unimaginable ways.

How does your own artistic work reflect the values of the AVANT initiative in general, and/or the IMPACT PERFORMANCE competition in particular?

My own recent projects feature interdisciplinary collaboration (between music, spoken word and visual images) that explore Latin American music and culture. Recently, I performed a program near the U.S. – Mexico border that contained images, words and music honoring immigrant stories. I hope that this project had an impact on our audience’s perspective on immigration.

What could leaders of the classical music sector prioritize, to empower artists to achieve their visions?

Leaders of the classical music sector can help by ensuring that a variety of voices are heard at all levels of arts institutions.