BIO

Francesco Di Cristofaro start piano and accordeon studies in his early years with M°Alfonso Aversano. He obtained a diploma in Piano and Music Performance at ABRSM (Associated board of Royal school of music). During the same period, he obtained a degree inTradizioni musicali extraeuropee ad indirizzo Indologico” (Indian Music) at Conservatorio “A.Pedrollo” in Vicenza, and "Produzione Musicale e discografica" at Conservatorio "N.Sala" in Benevento. He is currently attending the master's degree course in "Musicology and musical heritage" at the University of Rome Tor Vergata.

The interest in traditional music led him to deepen various languages and instruments: he studied  bansuri (Indian Flute) with M°Lorenzo Squillari and attending workshops in India and Italy with Ustad Mujtaba Hussain and Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia; Iberian bagpipes with Pablo Carpintero and Alberto Jambrina; modal music at the "Labyrinth" courses with Ross Daly; armenian music and duduk with Gevorg Dabagyhan at the "Fondazione Cini" in Venice.

In 2009 he was one of the founders of the Brigan project, a collective of musicians who have been working for years on the revival of some traditional repertoires of the Mediterranean, and in particular those of the northern part of the Iberian Peninsula. With Brigan he has 4 albums, numerous tours in Spain and Portugal and other important participations in festivals in China, Israel, Germany, Croatia, England, Romania and Slovenia; the victory in 2013 of "Universo Folk", an important traditional music competition held in Oviedo in Spain and the victory in 2019 of the prestigious "Pentafinum Jacobeo" award released in Santiago de Compostela for the album "Rua San Giacomo" selected as the best project dedicated to the Camino de Santiago.

The result of intense research, in 2019 he released a solo piano album dedicated to the Armenian composer and ethnomusicologist Vardapet Komitas with the Italian-Japanese label DaVinci Classics. In 2021 he collaborated with the Armenian director Hrachya Sargsyan on the music of the experimental medium-length film “Exodus in three parts”, dedicated to the Armenian diaspora.



At the moment he is working as poli-instrumentist in different ‘ensembles’ such as Peppe Barra, Brigan, degoya, Massimo Ferrante and Caterina Pontrandolfo with whom he has recorded different works and has played different live shows all over the world, such as China, India, Spain, Israel, Germany, France, Portugal, England, Switzerland, Denmark, Romania, Croatia and Slovenia.
He also collaborated with Nino d'Angelo, Lino Cannavacciuolo, Nour Eddine Fatty , Xulio Lorenzo, 'E Zezi, Evi Evan, Moni Ovadia, Juri Camisasca, Marzouk Mejri, Mbarka BenTaleb, Ensemble Calixtinus, La Mescla, Roberto Giordi,  Barbara Buonaiuto, Gustavoce, Giuliano Gabriele,  Andrea Franchi, Alarc'h.

In 2019 he founded the Liburia Records label.
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He has played in many events including:

Punjubi University Patiala - India

Asia World Music Festival - China

Rotary Club Chandigar - India

Jacob's Ladder Festival - Israel

Festival Intercéltico de Sendim - Portugal

Neukolln Folk festival -Berlin,  Germany

Teatro Campoamor, Oviedo - Spain

Teatro El Albeitar, Leon - Spain

Mera World Music Festival, Cluj - Romania

Teatro Afundacion, Vigo - Spain

Sala Galileo Galilei, Madrid - Spain

Jamboree Music Club, London, UK

St GallusFestival - Swizerland

Festival TradinEtno, Pazin - Croatia

Festival Biradosnamorados, Braga - Portugal

Festival Aspenizas Folk - Spain

San Mateo Festival, Oviedo - Spain

Festival Celtic Transylvania - Romania

LeDelirium - Avignon, France

Club de la prensa asturiana, Oviedo - Spain

Forum universale delle culture (Napoli)

Festival delle Tradizioni (Vicenza)

Festival Ethnos (Napoli)

Festival dell'arpa Viggianese

Festival Pifferi, muse e zampogne (Arezzo)

Festival Paleariza

Festival della Zampogna di Scapoli

Festival Mercantia

Festival la Ghironda (Ostuni)

Festival Borgosonoro (Longiano)

Festival di Voci e di Suoni (Caprarola)

Festival Mediterraneo Insieme (Nardò)

Festival JoggiAvant Folk 

Festival del Cedro

Festival Coreutica (San Vito de Normanni)

Festival Ernica Etnica (Veroli)

Breental Celtic Festival

Teatro del Sale (Firenze)

Teatro San Genesio (Roma)

Teatro Aperto (Verona)

TeatroCivico (Caserta)

Teatro Bolivar (Napoli)

Teatro Ghirelli (Salerno)

Teatro Tor BellaMonaca (Roma)

Teatro del Lido di Ostia 

Teatro Comunale di Vicenza

Teatro Monteverdi di Cremona

Napoli Teatro Festival 

Auditorium Castel Sant'elmo (Napoli)

Fairylands Celtic Festival (Roma)

Premio Andrea Parodi (Cagliari)

Premio Bianca d'Aponte

Università degli Studi di Napoli "Federico II"

Pastorizia in Festival

Francigena Folk Festival 

Circolo Gianni Bosio (Roma)

Istituto De Martino (Sesto Fiorentino)

Archivi della Resistenza, Fosdinovo

Fortezza di Castrocaro

Folk Club Buttrio - Udine

Oh!Festivà - Ravenna