Cellist Francisco Malespin, a native of Brazil, began his music career at age 18 at the Centro de Formação Artística in Belo Horizonte, a music school with a curriculum that follows the internationally recognized El Sistema program. This early training spurred a lifelong dedication to enriching his understanding of cello performance and pursuing the highest standard of musicianship.
Malespin was the first recipient of the prestigious Rita Simo Scholarship, covering all costs of his education at North Park University, from which he graduated with a certificate in music for social change. He subsequently graduated from DePaul University School of Music with a master of music degree and a performance certificate.
Since moving to Chicago in 2011, Malespin has had the privilege of studying with the city’s foremost cellists and pedagogues, including Paula Kosower at North Park, Steve Balderston at DePaul and John Sharp of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He has performed in many local orchestras, including the Quad Cities Symphony and the Illinois Symphony, as well as chamber music performances at venues throughout the Midwest.
As a teacher, he incorporates fundamentals of the El Sistema philosophy combined with traditional cello pedagogy. He most recently taught at the CPS outreach programs of the People’s Music School and DePaul Community Music Division. Passionate about teaching, he currently maintains a private studio in the northern suburbs, as well as a mentorship position with Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative.