Franziska Fleischanderl

Started in: 2015
End date: 2021
Musician type: stringed instrument
University: Leiden University
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Nationality: Austria

Franziska Fleischanderl plays a salterio from 1725, which was built by Michele Barbi in Rome. Her intensive study of this instrument has made her the leading international interpreter and researcher of the baroque salterio.

Franziska's years of research in Italy yielded many groundbreaking insights into 17th and 18th century salterio practice. She wrote down her knowledge in a dissertation, which is the first comprehensive study of the history of baroque salterio. In addition, she completely redeveloped two historically documented but previously unused salterio pizzicato playing techniques and brought them back to the stage. In doing so, she fundamentally revolutionized the previous performance practice of baroque salterio and is becoming a pioneer in her field.

Before specializing in baroque salterio playing, Franziska has focused on contemporary and improvised music. From 2008 to 2015, she devoted herself exclusively to expanding the contemporary sound spectrum and repertoire for Hackbrett, and developed principles for its notation. She premiered about 30 compositions written for her and collaborated with György Kurtág, who was delighted by her transcriptions of his music.

Franziska Fleischanderl completed two master's degrees in Linz (hammered dulcimer) and Basel (contemporary chamber music) as well as studies at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis (early music) and a doctorate at Leiden University (PhD 2021). She gives numerous concerts, lectures and master classes throughout Europe and America. She has been a guest at all renowned early music festivals, and regularly collaborates with orchestras such as La Cetra Barockorchester Basel & Andrea Marcon, AKAMUS Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin & René Jacobs, Il pomo d'oro & Francesco Corti, Concentus Musicus Wien, Holland Baroque, La Ritirata and others. She is also a permanent ensemble member of the Sollazzo Ensemble.

In order to bring back to life the rich original repertoire of the baroque salterio, she founded her own ensemble called IL DOLCE CONFORTO, with which she has already released two internationally reviewed and awarded CDs, "Sacred Salterio" and "Salterio italiano". Other radio and CD recordings have led her to collaborations with ORF, Arte, BR, SWR, Deutsche Grammophon, Glossa, Warner Classics, Ambronay Editions and Christophorus.

Her docARTES doctoral defense took place on April 28, 2021 at Leiden University.


Vestito a Ponti D'Oro e a Cento Corde in Seno: History, Repertoire and Playing-techniques of the Italian Salterio in the Eighteenth Century


In 2014, Franziska had the good fortune to acquire an exceptionally well-preserved, beautifully decorated, original salterio from 1725, built by Michele Barbi in Rome. After successful restoration, the instrument revealed its wonderfully sonorous sound for the first time in almost three hundred years and, thus, became…

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