Francesca Dego speaks to online editor Davina Shum about the journey from having a poster of ‘Il Cannone’ on her bedroom wall to having the opportunity to play and record on the famed instrument. Listen hear about Francesca’s personal experiences playing Paganini’s old violin, how the instrument has its own security team and of course, ‘that wolf note’.

Francesca featured on the cover of the March 2021 issue

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Excerpt of Paganini-Kreisler: La campanella used with permission from Francesca Dego and Chandos

Il Cannone: Francesca Dego plays Paganini’s violin  Francesca Dego (violin) Francesca Leonardi (piano)

Catalogue number: CHANDOS CHAN 20223

Francesca Dego image © Patrick Allen