Sixto Franco is so excited to be working as the violist of 5HE! A music and performing arts enthusiast, violist Sixto Franco enjoys an active career as a performer, teacher and composer. He has concertized in Europe, United States, and Mexico. Sixto Franco is passionate about chamber music and has had the honor to perform with Eighth Black Bird, International Chamber Artists, Symbiosis Ensemble in L.A., the Kaia String Quartet, the Chicago Chamber Music Festival and the Chicago Chamber Orchestra.
Sixto has appeared as a soloist with the Camerata Musicales in Spain, the Thornton Music School Chamber Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra of Salamanca, Spain. He has also served as an orchestra violist in the Santa Barbara Chamber orchestra, the Barcelona Symphony and the Chicago Philharmonic, in addition to having performed with artists such as Paquito D´Rivera, Fareed Haque, Ernie Adams, Robert McDuffy, Mike Mills and Rick Ferguson.
Sixto Franco enjoys composing and has written music for different mediums such as chamber music, theater and dance. He made his debut on February 2011 premiering his work “Blanco y Negro” in a Cancer Benefit Concert promoted by the Spanish Consulate in Los Angeles. The “malArte Association” of Valencia, Spain, premiered his piece Five “O’clock Tabu”as the sound track for the interdisciplinary work with the same title. His last collaboration included the Chicago’s Tiffany Lawsone Dance Company resulting on the creation of “Calm Panic” for solo viola and dancer. Future engagements include: New Music with the Chicago Soundigs group, the recording of his Viola Duet and the world premier of a viola concerto by composer Kevin Hartnett’s viola concerto.
Sixto Franco has released two albums titled “Latinoamerica” (2015) and “Quartango” (2016) as a member of the Chicago based Kaia String Quartet. He is a Master Graduate from Thornton School of Music at University of Southern California and has earned a Performance Degree in Chamber Music studies at the Northern Illinois University.
Sixto and his wife Rachel, an amazing lighting designer, enjoy taking their one-year-old daughter, Odessa, to music, theater and dance shows all over Chicago!
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