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Franco Petracchi

Franco Petracchi

Double Bass

International Concert Soloist


About Franco

Born in Pistoia in 1937, Franco Petracchi is possibly the world’s best known double bass virtuoso with a career that spans decades. He started his concert career at a very young age, while simultaneously pursuing studies in Composition with Di Donato and Margola and Conducting with Franco Ferrara. He is famous also for creating new methods to play the instrument, adapting the conventional thumb-position to incorporate chromatic, semi-chromatic and diatonic names and positions.