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Francisc Restesan

Visiting Professor of Orchestra & Violin

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Moss Performing Arts Center 132



DMA, University of Arizona
MM, University of Arizona
Artist Diploma, Bachakademie Stuggart, Germany
Undergraduate & Graduate Degrees, Romanian State Conservatory, Cluj, Romania


Francisc ‘Frank’ T. Restesan, a violinist and orchestra conductor, has taught and directed string ensembles and orchestras at all levels. He has performed as a guest conductor and soloist and recitalist in distinguished venues in Europe and the Caribbean and has played in Carnegie Hall.

In 1997 Restesan was awarded a summer fellowship at the Chautauqua Institution in New York, where he studied chamber music with the members of the Audubon Quartet and was concertmaster of the Chautauqua Festival Orchestra.

He completed a DMA in Violin Performance and Orchestral Conducting at the University of Arizona, Tucson in 2007. While at UofA, he held the Nelson Riddle Teaching Assistantship, was member in the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, and concertmaster-soloist of the Tucson Chamber Orchestra.

In 2009 he accepted the position of Director of Orchestras at Northern Kentucky University. In 2013 he held the position of President of the Northeast Division of the international College Orchestra Directors Association (CODA).

Frank is an avid supporter of American art music both here and around the world. He has regularly premiered works by ‘classical’ American composers overseas and has worked with contemporary composers such as Sander, Koplow, Landers, Mazzoli and Stanbery, both in the quality of violinist and conductor. His recording of Craig Madden Morris’ Violin Concerto (Navona/Naxos) has won enthusiastic reviews.

Restesan is currently member of the Corbett Quartet, along with principals of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

Frank's key teaching experience has been combining a holistic classroom teaching style with 'real-life' and 'hands-on' experience for both tracks as teachers and/or professional musicians. The music industry is the best current practice to prepare his students for their first job. 

In the quality of both instructor and professional musician (he is currently the concert master of the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra), he is able to prepare his studio students for the rigors of an orchestra audition. He often plays side-by-side with his students in both bigger ensembles and smaller chamber groups, giving them an organic experience of such job requirements in his field of expertise. 

Additional Scholarly Interests

Trans-disciplinary and cross-discipline approaches (e.g., how science and music interact and influenced each other since the dawn of humanity; the history of western music in connection with art and in the context of the main political events of the times)

Published Work 

Conference Lectures on: Historically Informed Performance Practices of Old Music

American Music Concerts overseas (regular concerts featuring music by mainstream American composers)

CD Recording on major label (Navona/Naxos) of contemporary American music.