Francesco Cerrato was born in Asti (Italy) in 1982 and began his study of the violin with Lee Robert Mosca at the Suzuki Talent Center in Turin when he was four years old. Since his childhood he has been featured in television and theater performances for RAI (Italian Broadcasting Company), Mediaset, and Smith-Hemion Productions (USA). After the completion of his diploma studies at an exceptionally early age, he continued his violin studies with Pavel Vernikov. Cerrato won numerous international competitions during the early phase of his concert career and now has presented more than 400 concerts in Europe, Russia, Africa, Brazil, United States, Korea and Japan.
In 2012 he contributed to the formation of Armoniosa and currently serves as the artistic director and solo violinist of this baroque ensemble. The international press hailed the performance of first Armoniosa recording production as “A fresh breeze from Italy", the English magazine GRAMOPHONE write "An impressive debut indeed", while Cerrato himself was described as “a genuine violin ace.”
Since his earliest childhood Cerrato has cultivated highly eclectic artistic capacities and interests that have led to musical experiences and encounters with personalities such as Roger Moore, Audrey Hepburn, Al Jarreau, Carla Fracci. He has worked in various artistic fields with Reinhard Goebel, Pavel Vernikov, Giuliano Carmignola, Mario Brunello, Fabio Vacchi, Azio Corghi, Elena Zaremba, Luca Ronconi, Daniele Di Bonaventura, Javier Girotto, Rita Marcotulli, Giampaolo Bandini and Cesare Chiacchiaretta.
Encouraged by the great musician Arturo Sacchetti to express himself in the compositional medium ever since his youth, Cerrato has written numerous works and arrangements for chamber ensemble and for orchestra, some of which have been expressly dedicated to young interpreters. He won the first prize at the Mario Nascimbene International Competition for the Composition of Film Music in 2006.
In 2008 Cerrato and his brother Stefano established the music production studio RedDress based in Italy.
From 2015 he works in collaboration with Marco Grasso for MagnoliaTV and Rainbow on the production of music for leading television shows and series like MasterChef, Pechino Express, L'Isola dei Famosi and others. In addition he collaborate with the Musical Garden Association and his arrangements and children songs are now translated in sixth languages all over Europe.
In spring 2016 it released Modular Landscapes, his first experimental underscore album for the Hollywood based company Trax4Pro. Has also signed contracts with the American company Songs To Your Eyes Ltd., with the legendary major EMI - KPM and starting to compose new albums of production music for their library: A Merry Classical Christmas (STYE), A Night At The Palace (STYE), Blockbusters II (EMI-KPM) and the sound design album Deconstruction (STYE).
Starting the 2018 he wrote the music trailer of City Game Studio for Binogure Studio for an indie videogame company from Montréal (Canada) called and the crowdfunding video trailer for the independent movie project Larvae directed by Alessandro Rota.
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